"Since becoming aware of the creative channel within me empowered by God," says Fitz Houston, " I have been able to convert what can often be stressful times for a creative person into constructive energy towards expressing myself as an artist in any way possible." This mouthful of a statement certainly applies to Fitz Houston.
Since 1971, Fitz has written over 100 songs and just under 250 poems to date (200 of them inspirational poetry), and number of screenplays, plays and short stories. His lyrical pieces include numerous ballads expressing various aspects of love, life and relationships as does his poetry. His instrumentals and inspirational poetry were born directly out his prayer time with the Lord.
Fitz first put his lips to the trumpet at age seven, and has been playing it ever since. A published songwriter, he also plays piano. One of the songs he published, a rap song called “Poor & Unfortunate,” was used in an episode of the hit series “227.” He co-published the song “My Heart Says Yes,” recorded and performed by the group LaRue. Fitz performed his smooth ballad “Love Has Found a Way,” during an appearance on the Montel Williams Show in 1993.
Fitz didn’t begin focusing on inspirational jazz until recently. One day he was asked to sit in with the horn section at his church, West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles. The rest is history. He loved playing for the Lord so much that ministering to people through his trumpet became his main mission in life. Now a born-again Christian, Fitz has played trumpet with the praise and worship rhythm section during Sunday services for the past nine years.
In the early summer of 1995, Fitz and a fellow horn player from his church temporarily formed a group called Lovers of Christ , when Fitz was invited to perform in a week-long crusade in London. While there, the duo performed at the DMI Gospel Awards. During the crusade, Fitz was also designated the praise and worship leader at most of the events and services. As a result of the crusade and his new commitment to the Lord, since that time, Fitz has produced seven CD projects, Interludes I and II (For prayer and meditation), "66 Books in the Bible," "Jammin' with the Lord", and jazz & prayer CD's, "Basking in His Presence", "Scriptures Prayers & Confessions, Pt.1" and "God's Healing Hour of Power." He is currently completing his eighth CD, "Jazzin' and Rappin' With the Lord", which consists of several jazz/rap selections as well as mellow and jamming instrumentals inspired by the Lord.
An accomplished actor on stage and screen, Fitz's many theater credits include Sgt. Waters in “A Soldier’s Play,” Bono in August Wilson’s “Fences,” TonTon in “Once on This Island,” the title role of the Wiz in a Los Angeles dinner theater production of The Wiz; Guys and Dolls; The Amen Corner; the original hit gospel musical, For This Reason; the touring cast of Lunch; Robert Townsend's The Five Heartbeats, and the national touring production of Woman of the Year starring Lauren Bacall. His TV credits include "That's So Raven", "True Jackson", "The X-Files," “Married with Children,” “Seinfeld,” “Sister, Sister,” “The Parent ‘Hood,” “Mike Hammer: Private Eye,” “227,” “ROC,” “Sparks,” “The Bold & The Beautiful,” “The Young & the Restless, and the PBS series “On Common Ground.”
Ordained as a minister of the gospel in 2011, as a prolific writer, Fitz has pinned four Christian Books and several screenplays. Also an ASCAP member and president of JahnaHugh Entertainment with his wife of 22 years, Jahna, the anointed couple ministers to many through their online ministry faithhopehelpministries2.org and produce faith-based film projects. In 2015, Fitz has just been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Ministry from Saints of Value World Ministries for his dedication to spreading the Word and numerous ministry activities since 1993.
Fitz continues to spread the Word through music, inspirational poetry, performing arts and guest appearances. For more information see faithhopehelpministries2.org (ministry site) and/or fitzhouston.com (entertainment site).
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