There is nothing like a great origin story and rising star Isaiah Templeton definitely has one that will make you smile. So, how did this young man, who spent most of his life in Ohio, link-up with one of the greatest Gospel vocalist of our time?
Well, if you ask Templeton, he admits that a large part of it had to do with him being hard-headed.
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It all started when Smokey Norful was looking for female background vocalists. That’s right, Templeton didn’t let the fact that he was the wrong sex deter him. He was determined to take the trip and meet his favorite singer.
Upon arrival, he landed an audition for the Praise and Worship Leader position at Norful’s church.
Norful, who was secretly watching each audition in his office, was so intrigued by Templeton’s performance that he came out and began coaching him!
“I’ve Always listened to language and when he said, “We’ll get it.” That meant to me I’ll be back.” Templeton notes.
So, two weeks later Templeton got a call saying that Pastor Norful wanted him to be on his team as a background singer!
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“It wasn’t his gift… it’s the humility,” Norful adds. Norful recounts the experience the same way, clarifying that it wasn’t just Templeton’s talent that won him over, his character was his greatest contribution.
Now, Templeton is embarking on a solo career. His single “Everything Will Be Alright” is currently out now and his debut album is slated to be released in early 2019.
See Belle’s full interview with Smokie Norful and Isaiah Templeton above!
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