Minister James Willis, Jr.


Minister James Willis is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and a mentor to many within his community. He was born with a melodic intrinsic component, so music is not foreign to him. His compelling musical heritage is grounded in the rich traditional roots of the church. With melodic melodies running through his veins, his strong desire to enlarge his territory continued to grow. At the age of 33 he started playing the piano and today he is considered the maestro of many instruments. Following a vision, he formulated and established the Greater Oklahoma Mass Choir (GOMC) in 2012. In 2018, The Gospel Artist Music Association (GAMA) was birthed to guide, equip, and empower all artists.


Minister Willis currently serves as an Associate Minister of the Gospel and Minister of Music for over 26 years at the Prospect Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, OK. His dedication to the Lord is endless and it is demonstrated through his love for the Word of God and song.


Minister Willis’ repertoire is well-documented, and His brilliant performances demonstrate his enormous sensitivity, musicality and expressiveness with his musical proficiency. Minister Willis, is an accomplished musician, songwriter, producer, artist and preacher who has worked with an “A” List of some of the greatest legendary artists such as; Yolanda Adams, John P. Kee, Shirley Caesar, Vickie Winans, Beverly Crawford, Terri McConnell, Edwin Hawkins, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Commissioned, Williams Brothers, Canton Spirituals, Carolyn Traylor, Pace Sisters, Treva Jones, Dr .Bobby Jones, Shawn MacClemore, Lemmie Battles, Earnest Pugh, David & Tamela Mann, Oscar Williams, Wes Morgan, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark Cole, James Fortune, Tremaine Hawkins, and many others. Minister Willis list of performances is quite impressive and validates his authenticity. He has performed for the Gospel Music Workshop of America’s artist showcases in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010-2012, the Texas Showcase 2014 and featured on Atlanta Live in 2016.


Over the last 3 decades, Minister Willis has written and recorded over 80 songs for the Gospel music industry. Songs such as “I Have Decided”, Jesus Never Fails”, “Great Day”, “I Can't Wait”, “When Jesus Touched Me”, and “This Joy”. These songs are just a few that have been sung across the country. Several songs have been recorded by various gospel choirs, with 8 songs selected by the National Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) Mass Choir and Choral Choirs.

Minister Willis is the recipient of The Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards for Best CD project, Best Choir Music in 2015, nominated in two categories for Song & Video of the year. In 2015-2016, his video was featured in the Bahamas & Africa which granted him a Nomination for Song of the year, CD of the year & Artist of the year in for the IGRA Music Excellence Awards in Florida and was featured in the Gospel U.S.A. Magazine. In 2019, Minister Willis was successor for the Voices of Gospel Music Awards (VOGMA) recipient for Traditional Artist of the Year.