My name is Joseph Allen, and I am attending East Texas Baptist University majoring in music and worship ministry. My desire and passion is serving God alone through music ministry taking and sharing the Gospel to the ends of the earth. I grew up overseas as a missionary with my family in Brazil for 12 years. We worked with translation groups in order to translate the Bible for a Germanic people called Hunsrik. So now for the first time in history these people are being presented the Gospel in their heart language. We are now independent and partnering with companies such as Wycliff, Seed Company, and Campus Crusade for Christ. I learned to play the guitar with the Brazilians. My roots in guitar are in the style of the Spanish Classical guitar with a mixture in contemporary Christian music which many people have now come to call Cablujazz. So named because it is a unique combination of Blues, Country, Folk, and Jazz with a Brazilian twist. I have traveled the world proclaiming gospel and leading worship in multiple languages. I have played for crowds from two to forty thousand people and televised as well as on social media with 1 million watching world wide. I have toured the United States playing for all sorts of audiences such as national and state Baptist Missionary Associations, State meetings for the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention, Houston Astros Baseball game, State Capitol for the Governor of Texas, and the State Fair of Texas. We have played for some of the largest churches including branches of Green Acres. We have opened for several professional musicians some including world renown Stephen Burnaman as well as Kadie Lynn from America's Got Talent . I attended Jacksonville College were I received a scholarship to play in the Jacksonville College Choir and two ensemble groups, the Singers and the elite ensemble The Overcomers. I now attend East Texas Baptist University were I have received a scholarship to play for the guitar ensemble and guitar trio. I have done song writing with my brother, John Paul Allen and also Todd Wright who co-wrote Hallelujah for the Cross picked up by the Newsboys that went number 1 on Christian charts. The song that I co-wrote with John Paul Allen and Todd Wright is entitled Christ Has Come performed by the Todd Wright Band. The Album that the song Christ Has Come was on, being the most bought song, charted 8 on the top 10 Christian charts on itunes, and was featured in CCLI Worship Leader's Magazine in newest discoveries receiving the highest recognition of 3 categories as the whole package. The Lord has blessed me with many opportunities, and I feel unworthy for each one of them. However, none can compare to the opportunity that God has given to me and truly what He gives to all of us which is to share with others what He has done and to live for Him each and everyday. Being able to serve Him with my life and to be a light shining for Him is truly what makes life worth living everyday. He is the greatest blessing in my life and will forever be. My only dream is to honor God with all my heart, mind and soul, and one day hear Him utter those words if I am ever so worthy, "well done my good and faithful servant, well done."
Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
And with my song I praise him.