Bishop Marvin Louis Sapp Sr. or professionally known as Marvin Sapp is a popular Gospel music singer-songwriter. The American recording artist is also a senior pastor. Marvin Sapp also founded the Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was the former senior pastor. However, in November 2019, Sapp was installed as the senior pastor of the Chosen Vessel in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Early Life

Marvin Sapp was born and brought up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Music and worship have had a huge impact on his childhood. He began singing in the local church at the tender age of four. During his teenage years, he sang with several Gospel groups and ensembles. Although Marvin attended the Aenon Bible College in Indianapolis, he eventually dropped out in 1990. The reason for his dropping out of college was an invitation to join Gospel singer Fred Hammond.

Music Career

After performing as a Gospel music singer for a few years, in 1996, Marvin established himself as a solo contemporary Gospel artist. During this period, he recorded seven albums. His track “Never Would Have Made It” was a solid hit and helped him achieve worldwide recognition. This was a part of his 2007 album “Thirsty”. “Never Would Have Made It” was also featured at number one position on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart. Marvin’s album “Thirsty” is considered to be one of the best albums of his music career. It sold more than five hundred thousand copies. The album has also been certified gold by the RIAA. 

Apart from releasing several iconic Gospel music albums, the Gospel singer has also won seven Gospel Stellar Awards. Along with his music career, Sapp is also the founder of the Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a former pastor of the church. As of now, Marvin Sapp serves as the senior pastor of The Chosen Vessel in Fort Worth, Texas.

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