The illustrious multi-talented Grammy, Stellar, and Dove Award-nominated artist, composer, arranger, saxophonist, author and pastor Mel Holder has recorded 6 albums thus far in a meritorious 25-year musical career. His unparalleled perseverance and dedication to his craft are attributed to his Christ-centered lifestyle.
Even in the mist of the current pandemic, there has been no slow down, Mel has authored a new book THE NEW NORMAL which is a must read as it chronicles the current Covid-19 era with positive and informative life lessons to navigate in the new normal. The studio has never been a stranger to Mel as he used his time of social distancing to pen his upcoming Album "PHENOMENAL"
MELODIES OF CHRISTMAS and MELODIES OF RESURRECTION are Mel Holder's recent television productions which were aired on several major networks internationally such as WORD NETWORK, and THE NOW NETWORK.
Mel was recently awarded the TEXAS GOSPEL MUSIC EXCELLENCE AWARD for instrumentalist of the year and song of the year for 2020. Also, in 2020 he won the Gospel Choice Music Award for gospel jazz artist of the year.
MAGNIFICENT Mel's trailblazing CD release has hit number one on BILLBOARD'S CONTEMPORARY JAZZ CHART twice in 2019 and closed out the BILLBOARD'S YEAR END CHART at number 2. While simultaneously closing out the year at 54 on the TOP GOSPEL ALBUM CHART while maintaining spots in the top twenty throughout the year.
Born in Brooklyn NY of Panamanian decent, Mel's life became a testimony in the making from an early age. At the tender age of eight years old, Mel was hindered from being able to fully participate in all of life's youthful activities due to asthma. To many this impediment might have been a stubbing block however; Mel used this and a stepping stone to ignite his interest in music. Beyond all odd to utilize his repertory system to play a wind instrument, God showed his healing power, through that challenge, and Mel became a focused relentless warrior using his newfound musical ability defeating any notions of limitation. Mel commitment to answering this call on his life gave birth to his ministry.
Now as a global personality and minister of the gospel his infectious and inspirational message has transcended culture and religion, being heard by people in places such as Okinawa in Japan, the nation of Azerbaijan, Cuba, South Africa, Russia, Trinidad, and all throughout the continents of Europe and North America. His relentless efforts to spread his God-given ministry allows him to have over extensive amounts of events annually while concurrently working on new projects, tackling new endeavors and collaborations, and being a newly appointed Pastor.
The decorated career of Mel Holder includes numerous collaborations with fellow renowned artists, authoring two books The Pursuit of Your Creative Call and The New Normal, production of over 100 projects, numerous music videos, and several televisions show appearances as an actor. His commitment to his music allowed him to collaborate with other accomplished artists such as Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Rance Allen, Vicki Winans, Andrae Crouch, Kurt Carr, and the late Timothy Wright. His television roles included appearances in shows such as Smash, The Following, Person of Interest, Newsroom, Deceived, and Elementary