The album and title track Enter Your Gates, is based on Psalms 100:4.  It is simply an invitation into the presence of the Lord.

Stephen with his son and daughter
Stephen with his son and daughter

Before you feel His presence, you will sense His presence.  Once you sense Him, you will definitely feel Him. I Sense Your Presence was inspired by Stephen’s young daughter, Erica, in 2001. The background vocals on this song were arranged by Krystal Murden.

Stephen, Onesha, and Stephen II. At studio recording Sing Alleluia
Stephen, Onesha, and Stephen II. At studio recording Sing Alleluia
Stephen and La France
Stephen and La France

All of these praise, worship, and inspirational gospel music songs on the album were written by Stephen. He also co-wrote one song, Something Special, with sister-in-law LaFrance Toliver. Stephen and La France were worship leader and minister of music, respectively, for more than 18 years at Exalted Word Tabernacle of Praise Church, in Lynwood, CA, Pastor Leroy Toliver. La France has music credits for Sing Alleluia, I Feel Your Presence, The Restorer, The Sound of Heaven, and shares music credit with Stephen and Producer, Fin Johnston of Something Special.

 

I Feel Your Presence and The Restorer were birthed through a “song of the Lord” during worship service. In fact, the anointing and touch of God was so strong during the birthing of these songs, that Stephen was compelled to not alter the songs from their original arrangements.

Gromyko in studio
Gromyko in studio

Jesus Reign, produced by Gromyko Collins and arranged by Fred Davis, is a contemporary hymn that takes you to the inner courts and the Holy Place. The beautiful sounding strings were arranged and produced by Oskar Cartaya and Carlos Rodriguez.

Jesus Reign Strings session
Jesus Reign Strings session
Stephen and Andraé Crouch
Stephen and Andraé Crouch

“He writes music that is scripturally based that will reach your heart”, are words spoken of Stephen by Andraé Crouch, the legendary, Grammy-award winning gospel music artist and co-Pastor. Andraé is credited for the music on With My Whole Heart, the smooth flowing radio single that speaks worship and dedication, produced by Roman Johnson.

 

The presence of the Lord is where we all strive to be. Once there, purification through repentance reflects through God\’s glory within. Purify My Soul expresses the desire for true freedom in the life of the believer, while I Repent, is a song of conviction and re-dedication of a believer. In the end, we all need a Savior and God’s word is The Way, The Truth, The Life.

 

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