Many would say that award-winning Gospel artist Sharetta-Nicole has had more than her share of trials.
Growing up on the streets of Detroit, Sharetta-Nicole was one of ten children. Although it would seem that her childhood would be bubbling over with joy and excitement, Sharetta-Nicole’s life would be anything but.
Recounting the harrowing story, she says, “I was molested at a very young age by a brother and an uncle. When I was 12 years old, I lost my father in an unfortunate and tragic medical accident. Responding to the screams of my mother, my brothers and I ran to the bedroom to find my father lying against the bed dying. I felt my father’s spirit leaving the room and I knew right then he was not coming back. Later, I learned that a dental procedure less than 24 hours earlier caused a blood clot to develop, which led to a stroke.”
She continues, “Six months later, a week after my 13th birthday, I lost my mother. My mother and my sister were kidnapped and taken to a vacant house on the eastside of Detroit. My sister was raped and my mother was shot in the head and killed. Following the death of my mother, my oldest brother died of AIDS. I felt like I had lost everything; I felt completely alone. I was hurting continuously and in my darkest hour I contemplated and even attempted suicide. In spite of it all, God brought Christian people into my life who brought me hope. I found Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, when I was 15 and have been serving him ever since.”
Since that time, she has taken her gut-wrenching testimony and poured it into her music.
A singer, songwriter and guitarist, she released her first CD in 2010 called Level One: Jeremiah 29:11. Understanding that even in the worst of circumstances God had a plan for her life, Sharetta-Nicole took to the road to share her story and to inspire others, especially young people. Having opened up for Canton Jones, Rance Allen, Earnest Pugh and Martha Munizzi, she’s readying her sophomore project. The first song out of the gate is “B.O.S.S. (Better Off Saving Souls)”, a musical collage featuring Gospel, rap and dance music.
She concludes, “God is doing great things in my life. This journey has not been easy but through it all, God has been by my side. I will forever give Him the praise.”
For more information about Sharetta-Nicole, log on to www.sharettanicole.com.