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With this song, I was at home preparing to go minister. Standing in my room I started singing over myself and I thought it was one of those songs just for me.
– Tasha on how she created ‘Put A Praise On It’
Tasha Cobbs admits she’s not the type of music artist to sit down and go through different phases of writing a song. I’m inspired in the moment, says the Grammy-Award winning singer. So it’s no wonder her newest single “Put a Praise on It” was created in that very manner. With this song, I was at home preparing to go out to minister. Standing in my room I started singing over myself and I thought it was one of those songs just for me…something to enjoy while I got myself ready for church. But Tasha explains a miracle happened in her room that had her name on it and when she arrived that evening to the church where she was speaking she literally sang out loud the tune she had just made up. The response from the people was absolutely amazing and it made me think about the song I had ministered for three years now ‘Break Every Chain,’ where people would always send me testimonies from miracles in their lives.
Such miracles are what she explains in her recent appearance on the Centric documentary series ‘Being‘ which features music and entertainment personalities through interviews, photos, and videos. It was a very pivotal moment in my life, she says of the episode. I appreciated that it captured the truth about the story of my dad, who passed away January 2014. He was an awesome and amazing man. Also, what Tasha hoped the audience grabbed hold of was that she and her family walked out grief to display the peace they’ve been preaching about all their lives though she admits their hearts were broken during the process. But the brighter side of it all was the fans who kept tweeting their questions during and after the show. There was just so many she joked— but she was glad people were getting the breakthrough they needed through her transparency because it was just a few years ago Tasha experienced her own dark moments.
I promised God I would not keep it silent. I wouldn’t be ashamed of my testimony.
Between 2007-2010, the gospel singer dealt with depression. An ordeal she said she had to live out though she quickly acknowledges the awesomeness of God and his works. Miracles: she again explains as; God doing it His way. There are sporadic miracles but then there are times you just have to go through the process, she says. Tasha understands now she was chosen to go through whatever steps needed to receive her healing. She’s candid with a subject still taboo in the African-American community. I had to go to therapy. I had to talk some things out. She says that even though depression (mental illness) is kept quiet in some black churches and communities she is glad she didn’t keep quiet. I promised God I would not keep it silent. I wouldn’t be ashamed of my testimony. And because Tasha was so open about her struggles she knows it has helped to bless people and give them the okay to not think of themselves as strange or weird because they chose therapy. She further believes God anoints people to obtain an education to help others deal with the difficult things in life and she feels blessed she can do the same through her ministry.
Coming out on the other side of pain and serving a purpose greater than any trial she’s gone through— what’s next for the celebrated gospel star whose 2013 album Grace stayed at the top of the Billboard charts for two years? Mentorship. She presently has a mentorship program iLead Escape with well over 2000 participants who connect via phone conferencing. Tasha has plans to expand the program more in the near future. Then there’s the success of the single Put a Praise on It which is currently in the Top 20 and climbing on the gospel charts, giving indication to her fans that they can continue to expect great music from a woman who cares less about glam and the spotlight and more so about the example to “walk it out” in the public so the lives she touches are healed.
For more on Tasha Cobbs mentoring program visit TashaCobbs.org