A Detroit-born producer and performer, Fred Hammond's many musical experiences started when he was 12, singing in his church choir, with his mother the catalyst for his powerful faith. Later, he played bass for the Winans, then spent more than a decade as a vocalist with the popular urban group Commissioned.
He has since launched a successful solo career and produced projects for numerous urban and contemporary Christian acts. He is one of music's elite, known for his soaring voice as well as his production and songwriting talents - and he has a shelf full of awards and nominations to prove it.
On his Benson album, "The Spirit of David," Fred Hammond uses his strong, soulful voice, songwriting talent and love of the gospel the way he believes they were meant to be used. "Pastors and friends have told me I have a David anointing, from a psalmist standpoint," says Fred. "David was a worshipper, and that's what I try to be."
"I've faced a lot of giants myself - I was fatherless, growing up in Detroit public schools - and God delivered me in so many different ways, just the way he delivered David."
The project reunited Fred Hammond with Radical for Christ, the vocal ensemble he introduced with the 1995 album, "The Inner Court," which he assembled in 1994.
"I had a rough year, leaving Commissioned and rebuilding. I've been doing this since I was 22, but I had to be a newcomer all over again. That can make you tired. I had to pray all the time, "Lord, don't let this desensitize me. Rejuvenate me daily." "'Promise Keeper' is a blessing song," he continues. "God has never reneged on a promise to me. And 'Blessings and Honor' is special to me because of how it was created."
Throughout his musical journey, Fred Hammond has asked God to guide his creativity and talent. He is certain that the work he is doing is exactly what he should be doing at this point, and that God has shaped his vision.
"I understand what it's like to feel that God is not accessible," he says. "When I was growing up in the church, I would look at the way the older people who had a relationship with God dressed and carried themselves. I thought to myself, 'If that's what it takes to be serious with God, then I'll never get there.' Instead, I want to be accessible - I want my music to show people that even though I may be at a different point in my relationship with Him than they are, they can still get there. I want to show that God continues to love me where I am, even when I make mistakes - and He will love them right where they are, too."