While many young people at the age of 21 are looking forward to college graduation, securing a job or simply anticipating a year of doing nothing and simply enjoying not having responsibilities, Jekalyn Carr is working on attending the Grammy ceremony after she received two nominations for her album, One Nation Under God. This is an accomplishment that adds to the impressive list of milestones that Jekalyn Carr has had at such a young age.
Beyond singing, Jekalyn is also an author, a motivational speaker, and preacher. She has also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network on the Greenleaf show. Her achievements and enterprises at such a young age speak of a life bound to do something even greater. Learn more about her, her family and career thus far by reading below.
Jekalyn Carr – Biography
In such a short period of time, she has achieved what many adults strive to achieve throughout their lives and still never manage to accomplish. She boasts honours like being named one of the most influential people in the world in 2014, among other things. Her journey to being an extraordinary person began on the 22nd of April 1997 in West Memphis, Arkansas, where she was born to her parents, Allen Lindsey Carr and Jennifer Denise Carr. At the time of her birth, she was named Jekalyn Almonique Carr. Her birth made her one of three children born to her parents – with two siblings named Allen Lindsey Carr Jr. and Allundria Carr.
At the age of five, when many of her peers played with dolls and Legos, she began to sing gospel music. It was at this time that her extraordinary ear for music started to manifest, often through the correction of her siblings for singing out of key. Child prodigies such as Carr often take singing lessons which help them hone their talents but in Carr’s case, she took zero lessons. Through listening to herself, she highlighted and fixed her mistakes. At that young age, she became a leading singer in her local church.
Due to the number of activities she was involved in which at the time included going to minister as a singer in other churches and preaching, formal education was too rigid for her schedule and so, her parents decided to homeschool. She began homeschooling in the fourth grade. At the age of 11, Carr was a known entity in her local church district and its environs.
She began to perform as a professional singer at the age of nine, performing alongside notable gospel singers like Shirley Caeser and Marvin Sapp. By the time she was 13, she released her first music project, an EP titled Promise. At the age of 15, her first national single was released. The single was released as part of her debut studio album after she was signed to Lunjeal Music Group. The album, Greater Is Coming, was released on the 21st of May in 2013 and it reached number 3 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. Since her debut studio album, she has released three more, with her latest One Nation Under God getting released in 2018 and debuting at number one on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. It was her second number one debut after The Life Project which was released in 2016.
Since she became a professional singer, she has won a number of awards, including the Stellar Award which she won for the first time at the age of 16. She was nominated for five Stellar Awards in 2019 and also has two Grammy nominations to her name in the same year.
Outside of singing, Jekalyn is also an author who published her first book, You Will Win in 2018.
Who is the Husband?
Jekalyn Carr is currently unmarried. She is still focusing on her career and the many responsibilities she has taken up. Among other things, she is busy being a church evangelist and professional musician.
1. Jekalyn Carr is at the moment, represented by her father, as her manager and agent.
2. She loves Kim Burrell and is a big fan of the American gospel singer.
3. She is not the only singer in the family. She often sings with her sister, Allundria Carr who has featured in some songs with the gospel singer.
4. She is active on social media, with Twitter handle @jekalyncarr and Instagram – @jekalyncarr, packing a combined following of over 800 thousand fans.