LUMBERTON — A local gospel singer has recorded a new compact disc and is anxious for it to send the message of Christ.
Carlton Barber, a Lumberton native, said he used to perform rap and hip-hop but he has returned to his roots of gospel music.
“There can be victory through a relationship with Jesus Christ. If they are lost and they are making decisions, they must realize that the decisions that they make in life directly affect how their life is going to be lived,” Barber said. “I believe if you make poor decisions, you are going to have negative outcomes.”
Barber said he has made bad decisions in the past. but he wants his music to bring hope to others. Barber recorded “Victory Trough the Cross”at recording studios in Raleigh and in Charlotte. His wife Wanda took photos for the cover of the compact disc, which was recorded before and after Hurricane Matthew.
He said he was proud of the way the people of Robeson County worked together in the aftermath of the storm.
“We don’t need to help one another out just when a tragedy comes,” Barber said. “My vision is that we are constantly helping people.”
Barber is assistant youth pastor and minister of music at Revival Center Church on N.C. 41 and he has a record label, In Ya Faith Records. He would like to recruit more gospel artists to the label, he said.
“It’s not about how any of these records I sell. It’s not about how many people come to my concerts. It’s all about a message of hope and a message of victory. If you make a positive decision, you’re going to have a positive outcome,” Barber said.
Copies of “Victory Through the Cross” are $10 each and are available by calling Barber at 910-733-8613 or by emailing him at inyafaithgospelmusic83.com. His music can be reviewed on YouTube and Barber can be reached through Facebook.
Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-416-5865.