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[mk_page_section layout_structure=”full” attachment=”scroll” bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”repeat” bg_stretch=”false” enable_3d=”false” speed_factor=”0.3″ bg_video=”no” video_mask=”false” bg_gradient=”false” gr_end=”#1e73be” video_opacity=”0.6″ top_shadow=”false” section_layout=”full” sidebar=”sidebar-1″ min_height=”700″ full_width=”false” full_height=”false” intro_effect=”false” padding_top=”80″ padding_bottom=”10″ margin_bottom=”0″ first_page=”false” last_page=”false”][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”http://www.committedsings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Committed_BWblack.jpg” image_width=”800″ image_height=”350″ crop=”true” svg=”false” lightbox=”false” group=”_general” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”center” margin_bottom=”10″][mk_fancy_title tag_name=”h1″ style=”false” color=”#393836″ size=”28″ font_weight=”normal” font_style=”inhert” letter_spacing=”2″ margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”18″ font_family=”none” align=”center”]We Are Committed[/mk_fancy_title][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”false” align=”center” margin_bottom=”8″ animation=”fade-in”]

Committed is an a cappella singing group comprised of five educated, young, men who love creativity, music, and God. The group began in 2003 at Forest Lake Academy and solidified their sound while at school at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL. Committed has grown to be a very sought after a cappella group for many events around the United States, and also overseas.
The group had the amazing opportunity to be featured on the second season of NBC’s hit singing competition, “The Sing Off”, and emerged as the season two champions. It has been their strong faith, hard work, and creativity that has gotten them to the point of being called one of the nation’s top ten a cappella groups. Committed truly believes that “with God all things are possible,” and they will continue to work towards inspiring people through music.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/mk_page_section][mk_page_section layout_structure=”half_left” bg_color=”#000000″ attachment=”scroll” bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”repeat” bg_stretch=”false” enable_3d=”false” speed_factor=”0.3″ bg_video=”no” video_mask=”false” bg_gradient=”false” gr_end=”#1e73be” video_opacity=”0.6″ top_shadow=”false” section_layout=”full” sidebar=”sidebar-1″ min_height=”100″ full_width=”false” full_height=”false” intro_effect=”false” padding_top=”30″ padding_bottom=”30″ margin_bottom=”0″ el_class=”.DJ” first_page=”false” last_page=”false” border_color=”#ffffff” bg_image=”http://www.committedsings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/YZE-Committed-4997.jpg”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text title=”DJ” disable_pattern=”false” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ animation=”fade-in”]Dennis Alexander Baptiste, Jr, better known as DJ, was born in Queens, New York on January 22nd, 1988. He has a loving family that consists of Dennis and Sharon Baptiste, his parents, and Shanece Baptiste, his older sister. Music was a part of DJ’s life since he was a young child singing in church choirs, and playing the saxophone and piano at his school. He took this love of music to Oakwood University, where he began to study Music Education, with aspirations of becoming a music teacher.

With God’s blessings and many hours practicing, DJ’s musical skills continued to grow at Oakwood University. He graduated in the Spring of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, and received his Teacher’s Certification in December 2010. Although the piano is his first love, he enjoys singing and joined the a capella singing group, Committed in his senior year. Since then, its been an amazing journey traveling the country singing with his brothers in Committed![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/mk_page_section][mk_page_section layout_structure=”half_right” bg_color=”#000000″ attachment=”scroll” bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”repeat” bg_stretch=”false” enable_3d=”false” speed_factor=”0.3″ bg_video=”no” video_mask=”false” bg_gradient=”false” gr_end=”#1e73be” video_opacity=”0.6″ top_shadow=”false” section_layout=”full” sidebar=”sidebar-1″ min_height=”100″ full_width=”false” full_height=”false” intro_effect=”false” padding_top=”30″ padding_bottom=”30″ margin_bottom=”0″ el_class=”.Therry” first_page=”false” last_page=”false” border_color=”#ffffff” bg_image=”http://www.committedsings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/YZE-Committed-4983.jpg”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text title=”Therry” disable_pattern=”false” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ animation=”fade-in”]Theron Lorenzo Thomas, II, more commonly known as Therry (pronounced Terry), was born in Wilmington, Delaware on April 30, 1987.  He began his life as a shy kid who only tag along if his parents were around. One day, when he was just five years old, his parents were rehearsing a duet they were planning to sing for church. He heard the song and quickly learned and started to harmonize a third part. His parents overheard him and asked him to sing with them. Being the shy boy that he was, he refused. He later accepted only to the bribe that they would take him to Chuck E. Cheese’s after. After that first bribe, they couldn’t stop him! They could easily tell that music was becoming his passion at a young age. He began singing solos in children’s choir and solos in church and with his immediate family, including his younger sister. When it was time to go away to high school, Pine Forge Academy in Pennsylvania seemed to be the best choice. Once he got there, he joined the choir and immediately acquired solos under the direction of Jason Max Ferdinand. Although talented, he still had much growth to do. He soon became very comfortable on stage and music become even more prominent in his life. Once it was time for college in 2005, Oakwood University, where his parents met, seemed to be the perfect fit. He began to sing on praise teams in church and join the world renowned Aeolians and was soon traveling all over the world singing and ministering. It was there where he joined an already established group, Committed. He graduated from Oakwood University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Music. When he joined the group Committed, he would have never imagined that they would one day compete for and win a Sony recording contract on the second season of NBC’s The Sing Off! Though already becoming established in this new music career, he is always striving to better himself musically in every way possible.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/mk_page_section][mk_page_section layout_structure=”half_left” bg_color=”#000000″ attachment=”scroll” bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”repeat” bg_stretch=”false” enable_3d=”false” speed_factor=”0.3″ bg_video=”no” video_mask=”false” bg_gradient=”false” gr_end=”#1e73be” video_opacity=”0.6″ top_shadow=”false” section_layout=”full” sidebar=”sidebar-1″ min_height=”100″ full_width=”false” full_height=”false” intro_effect=”false” padding_top=”30″ padding_bottom=”30″ margin_bottom=”0″ el_class=”.Maurice” first_page=”false” last_page=”false” border_color=”#ffffff” bg_image=”http://www.committedsings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/YZE-Committed-4987.jpg”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text title=”Maurice” disable_pattern=”false” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ animation=”fade-in”]Maurice Anthony Staple was born in Plantation Florida (May 20, 1985). He’s the son of Fernando and Donna Staple. He spent the majority of his childhood in the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area. He has two siblings, his older brother Alton and younger brother Andrew Staple. Directed by his mother, he joined the children’s choir at his church in Pompano Beach, when he was nine years of age; There, his mother discovered his ability to sing. After building his confidence to sing if front of people, he formed a trio singing group called Cross Connection. They sang all throughout Florida and toured parts of Jamaica. His Father said, one day you’ll become a star. Little did he know, his father would be right. He went through middle and high school singing with the group. Unfortunately, they parted ways after graduating. He went off to Collegedale, TN where he attended Southern Adventist University. There, he began taking voice lessons. He attended there for about a year and moved to Huntsville, AL to attend Oakwood College.  Here, he was much more involved in music. He joined the school choir Dynamic Praise and an A Capella singing group called Committed. He’s been singing and traveling all over the world with the group every since. He thanks God for blessing him with the gift of music.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/mk_page_section][mk_page_section layout_structure=”half_right” bg_color=”#000000″ attachment=”scroll” bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”repeat” bg_stretch=”false” enable_3d=”false” speed_factor=”0.3″ bg_video=”no” video_mask=”false” bg_gradient=”false” gr_end=”#1e73be” video_opacity=”0.6″ top_shadow=”false” section_layout=”full” sidebar=”sidebar-1″ min_height=”100″ full_width=”false” full_height=”false” intro_effect=”false” padding_top=”30″ padding_bottom=”30″ margin_bottom=”0″ el_class=”.Geston” first_page=”false” last_page=”false” border_color=”#ffffff” bg_image=”http://www.committedsings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/YZE-Committed-4992.jpg”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text title=”Geston” disable_pattern=”false” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ animation=”fade-in”]Geston Pierre was born on August 4th, 1987 to Gerard and Rosita Pierre. He is a Florida native and was born and raised in Naples. He moved to the Orlando area for highschool to attend Forest Lake Academy, a boarding school.,While attending FLA Geston sang in several choirs, and participated in many extracurricular activities. In 2005, During his senior year in highschool, he was asked to join Committed as their bass vocalist. This was a “significant” event in the timetable of Gestons life because Prior to 2005, Geston had never sung Bass before. Believe it or not Geston isn’t a Bass. He is a tenor who just so happens to have a lower register. Thats right, the booming basslines weren’t always around, they are a testament to his improved vocal abilities and growth.

Upon graduating from highschool he moved from Florida to Huntsville, AL to attend Oakwood University. While attending OU he was a part of many notable choirs such as Dynamic Praise and also the world renown Oakwood Aeolians Choir. Between school, the choir trips, and Committed happenings he remained very busy. In May 2009 Geston graduated from Oakwood University with a Bachelors of Arts in Religion and Theology.

Upon graduating from Oakwood he enrolled into Andrews University in Michigan and began pursuing his Masters of Divinity. Geston is currently in his last year of graduate school. Aside from touring with Committed, Geston has traveled all over the country as a speaker/preacher. Geston has a broad range of interests and they range from reading to hiking, eating good food, traveling, playing the bass guitar, watching or playing sports, and following up on politics. Overall Geston just seeks to make the best of life, and have a blast while doing so. He is a serious guy, who doesn’t take himself too seriously.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/mk_page_section][mk_page_section layout_structure=”half_left” bg_color=”#000000″ attachment=”scroll” bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”repeat” bg_stretch=”false” enable_3d=”false” speed_factor=”0.3″ bg_video=”no” video_mask=”false” bg_gradient=”false” gr_end=”#1e73be” video_opacity=”0.6″ top_shadow=”false” section_layout=”full” sidebar=”sidebar-1″ min_height=”100″ full_width=”false” full_height=”false” intro_effect=”false” padding_top=”30″ padding_bottom=”30″ margin_bottom=”0″ el_class=”.Robbie” first_page=”false” last_page=”false” border_color=”#ffffff” bg_image=”http://www.committedsings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/YZE-Committed-4994.jpg”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text title=”Robbie” disable_pattern=”false” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″ animation=”fade-in”]

Robert L. Pressley Jr, “Robbie” was born to sing.  His parents Nanetta and Robert passed on a rich musical heritage to Robbie and his older sister Joyce. His first performances started as a toddler in his grandparent’s house and usually involved a wooden spoon as a microphone! Robbie and Joyce began performing and touring across America as early as age 4 and recorded their first album in their teens. An accomplished arranger and writer, Robbie also performed in the Huntsville Youth Orchestra on violin and plays various other instruments.  He became a featured soloist in his high school choir at Oakwood Adventist Academy and performed with the Madison County Honor Choir, and various trios, quartets, and groups even before college.
 
At Oakwood University , Robbie continued to perform and tour with his sister and became a featured soloist with Oakwood University ’s renowned touring choir The Aeolians and performed on national and international stages for years. Although he graduated with a B.S. in Accounting, music remains his passion. Robbie joined Committed in 2008 and has loved arranging and performing with the guys.  Robbie says, “I am privileged to be a part of such a talented group and I am really excited about what the future holds for us!”

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