Art McAllister was raised in East Orange, NJ, the same town that gave the world Whitney Houston & Dionne Warwick. He led a local band there out of which later came the Grammy nominated Rnb group, Surface which included his high school and college friends, David Townsend and David Pic Conley.
No novice to the music industry, Art has a very impressive resume in a broad range of areas including writing, recording, production and live performances as a vocalist and keyboardist. To his credit he has spent a considerable amount of time in and around the Hollywood music recording scene sitting in on recording sessions with Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, George Duke and many other well-known writers, artists and producers. He didn't realize it at the time but just having the privilege of being there, watching these legendary artists record, were invaluable experiences that he would later learn, contributed tremendously to his recording instincts and ability.
Inspired by his godfather, famed jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong and his father, top 40 songwriter, James “Smokey” McAllister, Art's background includes that of music director for vocalist, Lenny Williams ( formerly of Tower of Power ) and also Rebbie Jackson, Michael Jackson’s sister. Art wrote title tracks and had charted singles with both artists.
During his years in the secular recording industry Art was also signed on to EMI Music Publishing where he worked on staff 4 years as a developing writer/producer.
Art performs, arranges, records and produces all the music and vocals for his projects and in hindsight it appears that with all of his skills and background, unbeknownst to Art, God was preparing Art for His plans and purposes, as a vessel He would use to glorify His Name.
Art was 14 years old when his mother took him to the home of an evangelist who laid hands on him while praying in the spirit. Art says, “When she finished praying, she boldly declared to my mom, this boy's a preacher!", "I ran as fast and as far away as I could from that pronouncement never wanting to believe it or accept it as the will of God for my life.” It wasn't until Art was at the apex of his career, when one big breakthrough after another would suddenly turn into a flop and disappointment, that the pressures of the music industry and the lifestyle associated began to take its toll and put him on a pathway of drugs which in turn led him to addiction, homelessness and eventually incarceration.
Much more than a story of a hit and miss prison conversion, Art‘s life was dramatically changed by a divine encounter with the Risen Christ and behind prison walls, by the Power of God, Art say's of this period in his life, " the last time I was arrested, it was actually a rescue!"
His life was restored as well as his passion for music that he had walked away from for 6 years, but this time Art’s music was fueled by a thirst and desire to share his testimony telling others of God's amazing grace and the awesome redeeming Power of God to Save, Deliver and Set Free all those who, in faith believing, call upon The Name of Jesus. This zeal and passion for his calling led to his first CD, No Easy Road, the title which describes both his life up unto Salvation and the challenges and sacrifices we as Christians face in walking out a life pleasing unto God.
Happily married to his wife Julia, who is a registered nurse working towards a masters degree in nursing. Originally from Argentina, the couple truly believe their love and marriage was orchestrated by God. They see their ministry as one which addresses the whole person, combining healthy living through healthy choices for both physical & spiritual well being. They believe a prosperous life is one that comes about by feeding one's spirit with a healthy diet of the Word of God combined with prayer, fasting and spending quality time together in worship. Moreover they believe according to 2 Corinthians 6:1 that believers should work together with God in maintaining good health in our bodies which are His temple. But in the end we should never lose sight that it is God who heals & it is He who works within us to will and to do of his good pleasure. Although they are often busy ministering throughout the Southern California area in which they live, they remain active in the local church they faithfully attend where Art is also the worship leader. They are involved in community outreach as well as missions, either directly involved or partnering with and supporting the mission work of their own church or other ministries they are affiliated with. Among their future plans is combining their love of travel with their love of ministering and sharing the love of God to the nations of the world, as well as prison and convalescent ministry.
Have you ever done some things, that later on you've said, "I should've listen to that voice that was telling me...."
Well as believers we eventually learn, that still small voice is probably the Spirit of God within us.
God is always teaching, leading and guiding us but are we listening? "Holy Spirit Teach Me" to Listen
The ministry name, Gospel One derives from it's inception behind prison walls on the One Yard, where Art was called into ministry. “I never want to forget where God brought me from, how He called me out of the pit into the palace,” but, as Art often says, "healthy things grow and growing things change." So as his love for God and the word of God grew, so did Art's concept of ministry. So now the name Gospel One has evolved and taken on a new meaning as well, encapsulating the zeal for maintaining the purity of the gospel and now the name Gospel One has also come to stand for, "Keeping the Gospel First."
As a licensed ordained minister of the Gospel, Art combines music and ministry of the Word in a way that many describe as uniquely his own, invoking an atmosphere of Spirit led worship, praise, thanksgiving and celebration where he and the listener become more than performer and audience but rather, one in fellowship, surrounded and engaged by the presence of God. Perhaps this is the basis for his longevity in ministry, an unquenchable thirst for the presence of God, an unselfish love for the people of God and a seemingly undying wealth of music and melody that has given him open doors of ministry from the United States to the United Kingdom, Malaysia and numerous invitations to the nations of the world.
From the CD Offering of Praise by Art McAllister on Gospel One Records