The illustrious multi-talented, Grammy, Stellar, and Dove Award-nominated artist Mel Holder, has recorded 5 albums thus far in his vibrant 25-year musical career. As a masterful saxophonist, Mel Holder has been able to continually translate his profound talent into consistent accomplishments. Mel’s most recent release “Back to Basics” peaked in the Top 10 position on the Gospel and Jazz Charts for over 16 weeks. Mel has also produced music for a number of renowned artists. His unparalleled perseverance and dedication to his craft are attributed to his Christ-centered tireless lifestyle.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Mel’s life became a testimony in the making from the tender age of eight. Mel was hindered from being able to fully participate in many childhood activities due to severe asthma. To many this impediment might have been a stumbling block; however, Mel used this as a stepping stone to ignite his passion for music.
God showed his healing power through that challenge and Mel became focused and a relentless warrior using his new found musical talents and abilities, defeating any notion of limitations. Mel’s commitment to answering this call on his life gave birth to his ministry through music. Now as a global personality and minister of the Gospel, his inspirational music ministry has transcended culture and religion, being heard by people in places such as Japan, Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America, the Caribbean, Russia and Cuba.
The decorated career of Mel Holder includes 20 years of faithful service at New York’s Christian Cultural Center under the leadership of Dr. AR Bernard and traveling internationally with Dr. Myles Munroe as a ministry staff musician. He has collaborated on many levels with fellow renown artist such as: Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams, Kelly Price, Jonathan Butler, Donnie McClurkin, Ben Tankard, Rance Allen, Vickie Winans, Andrae Crouch, Kurt Carr, Timothy Wright,Trinity 5:7 Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Gladys Knight, Shirley Caesar.
Gerald Alston, James “D Train” Williams and Clifton Davis. Mel has produced over 100 recording projects, and appeared in numerous music videos. His God-given talent expanded his career which allowed him to appear on several major network television shows such as Smash, The following, Person of Interest, Newsroom, Deceived, and Elementary.
The extension of Mel’s ministry includes him finally accepting the call as Pastor. The release date of Pastor Mel’s fifth studio album Magnificent “Music book Vol. III is January 2019. The album features a soul-stirring duet with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Rance Allen, and Grammy and Stellar Award-winning artist Ben Tankard. His other projects “Now and Forever”, “A Gift So Special”, “Music Book Vol. 1” ,” Music Book Vol. 2 Back to Basics” , Music Book Vol. 3 Magnificent” have all been released to great acclaim and given high reviews. Mel Holder has also authored the book, “Pursuit of Your Creative Call”.