JAMES C. BIRDSONG, JR. is without a doubt an emerging leader. He is one of the latest voices in ministry and the gospel music industry. The 37-year-old was nominated for inclusion in the 2003 57th Edition of the world-renowned autobiographical reference book, Marquis Who’s who in America, and an inductee on the Wall of Tolerance at the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama. James is an aspiring gospel vocalist, songwriter, pastor, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, advocate for our children and the author of the new book titled, The Best is Yet to Come: A Testimony of One Young Man’s Redemption, an autobiography/memoirpublished nationally by T&J Publishers in Atlanta, Georgia.

He believes in encouraging men, women and children of all ages and nationalities to pursue their dreams and goals in life. A person that challenges people to give back to their communities in humanitarian efforts, James have been the recipient of numerous awards, proclamations and accolades. This young man is highly respected by politicians, dignitaries, pastors, members of the gospel music industry and entertainment at large, and his peers as a positive role model to our children throughout the United States.

Born on May 16, 1980, in Richmond, California to the late Reverend James C. Birdsong, Sr., a native of Greenwood, Louisiana that established himself as a respected activist for Civil and disability rights in the City of Richmond and Belinda Germany-Birdsong, the daughter of a World War II veteran and a local chapter President of the National Council Negro of Women. He was the great nephew of the late Reverend Sidney Birdsong, Sr., the pastor of the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California.

A member of the famous Birdsong family, James lineage includes his cousins, world-renowned R&B legend Cindy Birdsong, a former member of the Patti & the Bluebells (Patti LaBelle) and the Supremes (Diana Ross), legendary organist/keyboardist and Grammy Award winner Edwin Birdsong, and former NBA four time All-Star basketball player Otis Birdsong.

He received his calling into the ministry at 3-years-old what he describes a miracle. He graduated with honors in 1998 from Fairfield High School in Fairfield, California. As a high school student, James was considered by his classmates and peers as “the pastor.” He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Education from Beulah Heights University in Atlanta, Georgia and a Standard Teacher’s Diploma from the Evangelical Training Association in Wheaton, Illinois.

During the last decade, James has been featured on television, radio, print and online media and have been in the company of noted gospel recording artists, politicians, pastors, dignitaries and the list goes on. As a gospel music industry professional, James attended national conferences and award ceremonies such as the Stellar Awards and the Gospel Music Workshop of America Convention. He is currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership online at the Regent University School of Business and Leadership in Virginia Beach, Virginia and plans to complete the program in the fall 2018 semester.

He is a member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (Atlanta Chapter), the Gospel Music Association (Dove Awards), SAGMA (Stellar Awards), the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Global United Fellowship (Bishop Neil C. Ellis) and the NAACP (Cobb County Branch – Marietta, Georgia). James is currently in the re-launch efforts of Gospel Outreach Tabernacle Church in Marietta, Georgia where he is the founder and senior pastor.