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Fred Hammond

Biography

Active because the mid-’80s, Fred Hammond is among the most widely used compliment & worship leaders in modern gospel music. Delivered in Detroit, Hammond started singing along with his cathedral choir at age 12, performed bass and sang using the Winans through the early ’80s, after that joined Commissioned afterwards in the 10 years, showcasing his outstanding arranging, creation, and songwriting abilities in addition to his soaring vocals. Hammond’s concurrent single career started in 1991. By way of a long-term association using the Verity label, he steadily embraced an in-concert experience also on his studio room recordings. A lot of his result, billed as single produces or as group initiatives offering the choir Radical for Christ, provides earned Dove and Stellar honours. While with Verity, Web pages of Existence: Chapters I & II (1998), Absolve to Worship (2006), and God, Like & Love (2012), plus a few additional game titles, topped Billboard’s gospel graph. Hammond technically relocated to RCA Motivation following a label’s absorption of Verity. There, Hammond continuing to thrive along with his United Tenors task (2013) and I’LL Trust (2014). The recording entered the main position at the top Gospel albums graph the week of its launch. He adopted the set using the live Worship Journal in 2016. It designated his 1st concert launch in 17 years. Also a prolific collaborator and maker, Hammond spent some time working having a cross-generational crop of fellow gospel music artists, like the Williams Brothers, Yolanda Adams, and Israel & New Breed of dog.

Quick Facts


Full Name Fred Hammond
Profession Music Producer, Bassist, Music Arranger, Gospel singer
Nationality American
Spouse Kim Hammond
Children BreeAnn Hammond, Darius Hammond
Parents Mildred Hammond
Siblings Ray Hammond Jr., Dave Hammond
Awards Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
Music Groups Commissioned
Music Songs No Weapon, We're Blessed, Jesus Be a Fence Around Me, Father Jesus Spirit, I Will Trust, You Are the Living Word, They That Wait, When The Spirit Of The Lord, Give Me a Clean Heart, Let The Praise Begin, Here In Our Praise, Please Don't Pass Me By, A Song Of Strength, Glory To Glory To Glory, God Is My Refuge, Lord of the Harvest, This Is the Day, Show Yourself Strong, When You Praise, Festival Of Praise, I Will Find a Way, All Things Are Working, Breathe Into Me Oh Lord, Lord How I Love You, He Is Not Just a Man, Your Steps Are Ordered, Praise Belongs To You, Your Name Is Jesus, That Ain't Nothin', You Are My Daily Bread, Mender Of Broken Hearts, He Lives
Albums Worship Journal (Live), Love Unstoppable, Free to Worship, Purpose by Design, God, Love & Romance, Somethin' 'Bout Love, The Inner Court, Spirit Of David, The Commissioned Reunion Live, Will You Be Ready?, Speak Those Things: POL Chapter 3, United Tenors: Hammond Hollister Roberson Wilson, I Will Trust, Revival In the House, Fred Hammond Christmas... Just Remember, I Am Persuaded, Deliverance, Playlist: The Very Best of Fred Hammond, The Definitive 16 Greatest Hits, Nothing But The Hits: Fred Hammond, Platinum Praise - Fred Hammond & Commissioned
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Gospel Song, BET Award for Best Gospel/Inspirational Artist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel Album, Soul Train Music Award for Best Gospel Album, Soul Train Music Award for Best Gospel/Inspirational Song, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel Artist, GMA Dove Award for Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year, GMA Dove Award for Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year, GMA Dove Award for Gospel Artist of the Year
Movies The Gospel, The Rance Allen Group: The Live Experience, Shakin' the House: Live in L.A., Gotta Have Gospel Gold, Commissioned: The Commissioned Reunion: Live, Verity Records: The First Decade, Fred Hammond and Radical for Christ: Purpose By Design, WOW Gospel #1s, Celebration of Gospel: Taking You Higher, Fred Hammond: Speak Those Things POL: Chapter 3: Live in Chicago, WOW Gospel 2006, WOW Gospel 2009, Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem, WOW Gospel 2003, WOW Gospel 2007, WOW Gospel 2008, WOW Gospel 2004, WOW Gospel 2001, Gospel Greats Presents: Praise & Worship Live: Vol. 2, The Covenant


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#Fact
1 Has one daughter BreeAnn with his ex-wife Kim, and adopted a boy named Darius a.k.a. "Bubba.".
2 When he started Commissioned, the group consisted of 6 members; 3 singers (Karl Reid, Keith Staten & Mitchell Jones) and 3 musicians (Fred Hammond, Michael Williams & Michael Brooks.) Fred doubled as a musician and singer; playing bass and singing at the same time. Michael Brooks was the Keyboardist and Michael Williams, the drummer. Eventually, Commissioned took on two extra musicians to tour with them. Brothers Earl Wright (Keyboards) and Michael Wright (Guitar). Keith Staten and Michael Brooks left the group in 1990 and 3 new members were brought on. Marvin Sapp took Keith's place as a vocalist and Maxx Frank & Eddie Howard Jr. became the Keyboardist and Organist for the group. (bringing the group 7 Members) After Eddie Howard left the group, Fred brought on two more keyboardists for the group's live performances; Producers Tommie Walker and Noel Hall. After Fred left Commissioned in 1995, Tommie Walker and Noel Hall went with him to become apart of Radical for Christ. Noel Hall served as Fred's musical director for 6 years as well as song writing and producing. Tommie walker played Aux keys and worked alongside Fred Producing and song writing as well.
3 His last name Hammond, is his adopted name from his step-father Raymond Hammond. Before his birth, his mother Mildred was married to another man and became involved in an extra-marital affair which lead to her pregnancy with Fred. Her first husband left her. On a Radio show with Donnie McClurkin, Fred revealed that his mother had shared a dark secret with him before her death. After her first husband left her, she attempted to have Fred aborted. In 1960, she went to an illegal abortion clinic and had the procedure done. When it failed, she informed the clinic and rescheduled an appointment to "correct mistake." After a failed second attempt, she took this as a sign from God that this baby was supposed to be born and left the clinic. She gave birth to Fred in 1961. Some time after he was born, she married Raymond Hammond and gave birth to two sons Raymond Jr. and Dave. Raymond Sr. died of bowel cancer at the age of 32, when Fred was only 8 years old.
4 For each album that he has recorded, Fred laid down the bass tracks for most of the songs himself in the studio, but for live performances had another bass player.
5 He has won 6 Dove awards, 4 Stellar awards and one Grammy. He was been nominated 19 times for the Stellar Awards, 12 times for The Grammy's and once for the Soul Train awards.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I'm in Love with a Church Girl 2013 writer: "Forever I'll Praise"
Idols! 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Second Chance 2006 performer: "I'M GLAD ABOUT IT" / writer: "I'M GLAD ABOUT IT"
The Gospel 2005 performer: "All Thing's Are Working The Gospel Remix" / writer: "All Thing's Are Working The Gospel Remix"
Left Behind: The Movie 2000 Video performer: "Can't Wait for You to Return" / writer: "Can't Wait for You to Return"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Woman's Worth 2012/I executive producer
Fred Hammond's Christmas... Who Needs It 2007 Video executive producer
The Gospel 2005 co-executive producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Woman's Worth 2012/I J.B. Wilson
Fred Hammond's Christmas... Who Needs It 2007 Video James Jonathan Zaxby

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fred Hammond's Christmas... Who Needs It 2007 Video

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fred Hammond's Christmas... Who Needs It 2007 Video co-director

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fred Hammond's Christmas... Who Needs It 2007 Video

Production Designer

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fred Hammond's Christmas... Who Needs It 2007 Video

Transportation Department

Transportation Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To End All Wars 2001 production driver

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Covered-Alive in Asia 2016 Documentary Himself
Praise the Lord 2015 TV Series Himself
Celebration of Gospel 2012 TV Movie Himself
The Mo'Nique Show 2010 TV Series Himself
BET Awards 2010 2010 TV Special Himself
T.D. Jakes Presents MegaFest: Let It Flow 2006 TV Movie Himself
21st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Gospel 2005 Himself
Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Higher Ground: Voices of Contemporary Gospel Music 2004 Video documentary Himself
An Evening of Stars: 25th Anniversary Tribute to Lou Rawls 2004 TV Movie Himself
The 8th Annual Walk of Fame Honoring Stevie Wonder 2002 TV Special Himself
17th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
The Parkers 2001 TV Series Himself
Say Yes 1986 TV Series Himself - Interviewee

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 BET Award BET Awards Best Gospel Artist
2015 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary) Album: "I Will Trust"


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#Quote
1 In 1993, I had a vision. I saw the Lord seated on the throne and at his left hand was a vault. He opened the vault and inside were songs. And the Lord said to me, "These are my favorite songs. These are the songs that minister to Me and bless my people. And I will pour them out into the earth... some to you and some to others. Watch what I will do.


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