Joyce McCaster is in disbelief that the first album she and her gospel group, Joyceland McCaster and Victorious Soul, recorded four years ago is still garnering attention, let alone the award-winning kind.
The group was named Urban Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year at the Rhythm of Gospel Awards, which were held July 24 in Birmingham, Ala.
The awards recognize and showcase independent artists from the United States, Canada and the Bahamas.
“It’s the largest independent gospel award you can get before you hit national status,” McCaster said.
The group – comprised of McCaster, Kim Jones, TaWanda Harris, Charmaine Bridges and Brandon Ball – formed in 2007. They released their first CD, The Journey, in 2010, with original music written by McCaster.
“Most of my songs are scripture,” she said. “(The CD) is pretty much summing up how we got to where we are. I take it from Abraham and how God just told him to go until he showed him a place. All of those songs were about where we were at one stage or another until we were pretty much at a place where we were ready to make a CD,” she said.
The group is working on a second album McCaster expects to be released in late 2015 titled A New Song. It is an upbeat album that encourages listeners to praise and worship regardless of what they’re going through.
McCaster is the worship leader at Mason Chapel Church of God in Christ in downtown Augusta. She said the group performs there from time to time but has also performed in New York, Chicago and Alabama. She said it performs at a lot of women’s conferences.
Locally, the members focus on ministry, such as mentoring young girls through a Bible study group called Girls in Action.
McCaster said the win is still sinking in.
“It really does take a minute,” she said. “We’re really on a high, especially with the last award.”