BJ McKenzie

Since the  age of three, Bernard McKenzie Jr. has lived, breathed, and dreamt  music. He began his  musical career at the young age of three, singing  simple melodies and humming commercial tunes. From that age, he began to  sing in his father’s church choir. This allowed BJ the opportunity to  break away from his shy and timid ways and crafted him in to the vocal  sensation he is today. He continues to sing in his church choir every  Sunday and  is currently the presiding president.

BJ has also had multiple roles in  various musical productions under the  mentorship  of Runako Jahi at  the ETA Theater, starred in the stage play “The Great  Nitty Gritty”  under the leadership of the late world renowned Oscar Brown Jr and had a  starring role in Darryl  Pandy’s (House Music Legend) stage play  entitled “I’m Going In”.Over the years he was enhanced vocally by joining  a few community choirs such as Joshua ‘s Troop, Dr. Alfred Wheeler  & Bless Music Ministry,Paul Turner & CMI, and also recorded with  Gorham United Methodist  Church,  where he sang lead on their album entitled “Praise Ringing”. He also  sang for many community events that included nursing homes during the  Christmas season for the late Albertina Walker.

He even sung background  for Hip-Hop legend MC Lite and his mentor Darrell Daniels.This was only  the beginning for BJ and his musical career. At the age of 18, God  implanted in him a vision that came in the form of his own  music ministry, Bernard Jr. and Anchored. This ministry opened doors for   BJ; while under his leadership and servitude, he and the ministry  opened up for DeWayne Woods (“Let Go, Let God,” “Friend ofMine”) at Iowa  Gospel Fest; sang background for Barbra Streisand on her tour stop in  Chicago, Illinois; the ministry also recorded their very first  single entitled “Rescue Me” which released in April 2013 and landed #1  on the Norway Gospel Music Charts upon being released and can still be  purchased on all digital music stores.

Later that year, Bernard Jr. and  Anchored were chosen to be one of the Chicago Regional Finalists for  Verizon Wireless’How Sweet the Sound and went on to minister their  rendition of “Rideon King Jesus.” The ministry also became nominees for  various award shosted by various independent gospel labels and  organizations. In October 2013, BJ and the ministry won the ZETA Gospel  Music Award for Choir of the Year.In November 2013, BJ and his  administrative team shortly discovered that the ministry was nominated  in five (5) categories for the  2014 Rhythm of Gospel Awards.

Seeking the  thirst to gain more  knowledge  about his industry and craft, BJ went further and began to attend  different seminars and conferences hosted by various celebrities and  individuals. In December 2013, BJ journeyed to Los Angeles,California to  sing and be critiqued by a celebrity panel that included Dr .Dorinda  Clark-Cole & Jacky Clark (sisters and members of the pioneering  gospel group The Clark Sisters), Tina Campbell (of the group Mary Mary),  Teddy Campbell (Tina Campbell’s husband and famous drummer on  The Tonight Show with Jay Leno), and Tonex (national gospel recording  artist).

Taking all of their critiques and criticisms to make the best of  him, that exact same day, BJ was notified that he and his ministry were  going to be on Dr. Bobby Jones television show on The Impact Network  called “Dr.Bobby Jones Presents.” This event granted simply by God’s  unmerited favor and grace opened many doors of opportunity for  BJ and  has granted him the opportunity to build fan bases outside of Chicago  with connections in various states.

In the second quarter of 2014, BJ and  his ministry went on to minister along with several other dynamic groups  in a Rhythm of Gospel Awards showcase (The Road to the Rhythm of  Gospel), held in Detroit, Michigan where he was able to meet and greet  upper level coordinators and even the CEO of the awards organization;  he was also granted the opportunity to meet Evangelist Lillian Lloyd  (Lead Singer of Ricky Dillard & New Generation). In April 2014, God  simply whispered a small phrase in BJ’s ear that said “It is your time,”  and with this revelation, BJ proceeded to begin working on his solo  project that was recorded live entitled “#Born2Win” on Saturday,  September 27, 2014.

While  in the production stage of his album, BJ decided to begin taking  classes toexpand his theological wisdom and in May of 2015, just almost a  year later, Bernard “BJ” McKenzie completedclasses at the Christian  Leadership Institute and received his License to Preach. Shortly after,  in June of 2015, BJhad the privilege to sing background for the  legendary Karen Clark Sheard for the American Heart AssociationHealth  Fair. BJ celebrated another milestone on Sunday, September 6, 2015 by  being elevated as an Ordained Minister by the Christian Leaders  Institute.

Following his ordination service conducted by his father,  Bishop Dr. Bernard McKenzie Sr., BJ began togrow even deeper into his  calling. Preceding his ordination, he went into the studio and laid  vocals for his single,“Born 2 Win” and on February 4, it was completed.  Born 2 Win was written by Bernard BJ McKenzie and is a songto bless the  nations and to inform anyone that no matter what war they are facing,  they are “Born 2 Win.”Rev. BJ McKenzie strives to encourage, and uplifts  God people in any way possible. Whether it’s singing,preaching, or  prophesying, his anointing speaks volumes. Introducing to some and  presenting to others: Rev.Bernard   “B.J.” McKenzie-Anointed and  Appointed for Such a Time as   s This!.

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