Magazine article Black Enterprise

Harping on the Good News: Radio Exec Strikes a Harmonious Chord. (Personal Passions)

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Harping on the Good News: Radio Exec Strikes a Harmonious Chord. (Personal Passions)

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There aren't many who could have inspired Jeff Majors. King David, who wrote many of the psalms found in the Old Testament, is probably music's best-known harpist. In fact, to everyday Americans, the harp of the conjures up visions of angelic figures. And while Jeff is a hard-core executive by day, he will tell you that his interest in playing the harp came one night in a vision.

"At the age of 15, the Lord laid me down in a dream," explains Jeff, vice president of gospel programming with Radio One Inc. in Lanham, Maryland. "And in that dream I was playing this instrument, and I was surrounded by imps. The [musical] notations from this instrument turned into arrows, and they started warding off all these imps. Well, that morning, when I woke up, I was sweating. My hands were over my head, and I knew that I had had a serious out-of-body experince."

Since that spiritual experience more than 20 years ago, Jeff has become an accomplished businessman and artist, spreading God's word both professionally for Radio One and in his spare time as a harpist.

His hectic work schedule involves overseeing nine gospel radio stations in several radio markets, among them Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Miami. His favorite hobby has kept him just as busy. Jeff has several CDs to his credit, and has played in churches, music arenas, and concert halls throughout the United States. In West Africa, he performed with the National Ballet of Senegal.

Jeff, who studied for several years with harpist Alice Coltrane, wife of the late jazz artist John Coltrane, believes part of his calling is to expose others to the harp's soothing effects. …

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