- Because Of Who You Are Martha Munizzi 8:51
Martha Munizzi is a praise and worship leader who has crossed cultural and denominational barriers with her soulful singing, much sought after songwriting (she has had her songs recorded by Beverly Crawford, Alvin Slaughter, Clint Brown and a host of others), with an ability to lead others into God’s presence.
Munizzi grew up singing southern gospel and is immensely popular in the black gospel market. One journalist observed that while many black gospel artists find wide crossover success in the adult/contemporary and pop markets, it’s rarer to find white artists who have a strong, staying presence among black gospel fans. Munizzi may be the poster child for such crossovers; she became the first non-African American artist to ever win a Stellar Award. Her ministry takes her almost exclusively to African American churches across the country, which is where she says she is most at home. “The church we attended was very multi-racial, and so that was where I really felt the most comfortable,” says Munizzi.
Munizzi spends a lot of time ministering alongside some of gospel music’s greatest voices, including Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, and Fred Hammond, to name only a few. Asked if she ever receives some friendly ribbing about sticking out like a sore thumb, Munizzi laughs. “Everybody else points out that I’m always the only white person,” she says, “but I don’t think about it. My colleagues will say, ‘Is everybody treating you right?’ Everyone celebrates what God is doing. They just really care about what’s anointed. If it’s blessing people and changing people, that’s really the bottom line. It’s like Israel Houghton said, ‘It’s not a black thing, it’s not a white thing; it’s a Jesus thing.’”