As seen through powerful testimonials and his passionate artistic expression, gospel singer Fred Hammond has exhibited a life of perseverance, which he attributes to God’s plan -- which he says came into affect when he was still in his mother's womb.
Hammond’s first love album, a double-CD set entitled "God, Love & Romance," is set for release on Jan. 31, 2012.
"This is the soundtrack to my personal love life; these are my heart songs," Hammond told Elev8.com.
"I sing my worship and I sing the Gospel, but there was something just pulling at me and I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just me wanting to do something to just do something," he added of his desire to address love in his latest body of work.
The first album in Hammond’s double set consists of new gospel songs, while the second album focuses on a collection of love songs, which the recording artist insists has a special purpose and meaning for the church.
According to his interview with Elev8, Hammond feels church leaders have not been doing enough to address issues of romance and love with congregants, which he claims could help prevent divorces.
"We don’t talk real in Gospel," he told the online publication. Hammond, whose mother reportedly went through a painful divorce due to an an affair, also divorced from his wife in 2004.
Hammond previously revealed that his mother, who died in 2010, confessed to him on her death bed that he was a survivor of an attempted abortion.
In a video making the rounds on the Internet, Hammond, appearing in an interview with minister and fellow gospel singer Donnie McClurkin, shares his story of hearing the shocking confession from his mother.
In the interview, done on “The Donnie McClurkin Show,” Hammond attributes his mother’s unsuccessful abortion to God’s plan for his life.
"Here’s why I don’t have time to play church," Hammond told the emotional live audience.
"At the end of the day, when I was supposed to be discarded, and the tools came in to kill me, to crush my head or whatever you’re supposed to do. The Lord took his hand, pushed in there, and pushed me back out of the way," Hammond said, adding that God had a plan for a broken situation, perhaps alluding to his mother's reported extra-marital divorce.
"Even in life as things started to act crazy, Donnie, I still see Him taking his hand and pushing me back," Hammond says in the interview.
With over a dozen albums produced in the past two decades, it is evident that Hammond has not ignored God's continued pull on his life.
"God just chose me to do something and I’m going to do it to the best of my ability until I close them," he added.
Here is a video of Hammond's interview on "The Donnie McClurkin Show:"
Hammond has created a respectable rapport in the contemporary Christian music scene, racking up a total of three Dove and Grammy awards throughout his career. Hammond is also an entrepreneur, serving as the founder and CEO of Face to Face Productions.