Born Desiree Regina Neal, Dezzie graced this world on Sunday, November 13, 1977. She was raised in musically fertile Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the city that birthed many musical geniuses such as Marian Anderson, Teddy Pendergrass, Jill Scott, The Roots, Patti Labelle and added among these names, Dezzie. She was the younger of two children. Dezzie grew up in a family of singers and entertainers, she was destined to be a star in her own rights. Harmonizing and revising traditional church hymns helped lay Dezzie’s musical foundation. Dezzie’s family recognized her gift and began to cultivate it. In hopes to protect her gift, Dezzie’s mother kept her under the covering of the church.
On one purposeful night, Dezzie’s career as an amateur singer would change to an artist. While attending a Christian cafe, Dezzie performed a song for the open mic portion of the café. Eric T Greene Sr., founder & CEO of End Tyme Productions, LLC, was in the crowd that night. Greene was blown away by Dezzie’s vocals and approached her after her performance and gave her the opportunity to record her 1st project Here I Am which captured the essence of today’s youth and the issues they struggle with. Dezzie allowed the Holy Spirit to use her and pour out his wisdom and comfort to anyone willing to listen. Dezzie is persistent with exposing the truth. She aims to shed light on the tricks and traps of the enemy. Her brutally honest message invokes self examination in an era where even modern medicine encourages people to write off flaws as some classified illness. Dezzie’s powerful lyrics reach for lives affected by familiar, but less talked about issues such as fornication, shame and idolatry. Dezzie’s 2nd project “Dying Daily.…A Journey Through Spiritual Growth” gets right down to it. As if she could get any more real, Dezzie takes the events of her life and pours them on wax for all to hear and be blessed. With hits like, “Good Morning Lord”, “Enough” and “Move”, this album was destined to ring bells.
Dezzie makes it a point to connect with the people listening to her minister. She shies away from the “holier than thou” image people tend to think of when they think of a minister. She constantly humbles herself while ministering, admitting that she is also a Christian that struggles. Acknowledging this walk isn’t always the easiest, but assuring her brethren that the struggle is well worth it. Whether you are listening for encouragement or waiting on God to deliver you from something, she identifies with all. She could very well show up to a gig looking for restoration, as well as, for a break through. Whatever her current season is bringing her, Dezzie shares what God is taking her through. Dezzie tries not to be confined by an “image”. Dezzie’s music and image exudes her mission, being free in Christ. She believes that one’s praise should not be confined to a box. Freedom of expression is necessary and important to worship God in Spirit and Truth. With eye brow raising outfits and equally shocking lyrics, Dezzie conveys that there is no one way to represent Christ.
Dezzie has been blessed throughout her journey. She has graced the same stages as numerous respected gospel prodigies such as Gabriel Hardeman, Jeff Murrell, Tye Tribbett and Greater Anointing, T-Wyse, Tamika Patton, The Firbee Sisters, Da Truth, Mary Mary, and has worked alongside well respected radio personalities such as Ed Long WDAS and Don Juan Banks Power 99 FM. Dezzie has also lent her talents to projects ranging from hosting talent showcases and composing stage play soundtracks to large city-wide events such as the United States Conference on Aids (10/2004), Unity Day (2003-2007), Gospel Fest (2006-2007), Mega Fest (2006), Penn’s Landing summer concert series(2004) and the 2004 “Peace on the Streets” rally.. Through it all, Dezzie has remained humble and steadfast in the Lord. She plans to continue pressing towards God’s ultimate will for her life.
CeCe McGhee’s radio career spans over 20 years with some of those years in entertainment television and has worked in markets such as Philadelphia, Atlanta, Charlotte and Memphis. Currently CeCe is the afternoon host for WPPZ-PRAISE 103.9FM in Philadelphia, 10am – 3pm Monday thru Friday.
CeCe is the former producer and co-host of Philly’s legendary “Carter & Sanborn Morning Show,” where she was affectionately known as “The Skirt with the Dirt” on two other well-known Philly radio stations. CeCe is a former Music Mixer and served as Music Director for a Philly Hip-Hop & R&B station from 1994-1996. CeCe is also the former Executive Producer of the syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning Show” in Philly.
In addition to radio, CeCe is a voiceover talent and has worked with such clients as Johnson & Johnson, Publix, Ford, Bellsouth, Home Depot and The Georgia Lottery. Her endorsement clients include: Dr. John Fisher’s Medical Weight Loss Centers, Attorney Georgette Miller, Unclaimed Diamonds, Philadelphia Credit Union, Red Lobster, Applebee’s, Olay, HomeGoods and Shower to Shower; just to name a few.
In the community, CeCe lends her heart, voice, and time to such organizations as Mothers in Charge, St. Jude and Chosen 300 Ministries. CeCe also uses her influence to share her life experiences through women’s conferences, workshops and retreats, public speaking, visiting juvenile detention centers, prisons as well as shelters for women and the homeless.
CeCe is happily married to man who knows and loves the LORD and she has two beautiful daughters who know and love the LORD as well. CeCe is currently enrolled in her second year of seminary at the Priscilla Institute at Palmer Seminary, which is the seminary at Eastern University. CeCe attends Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church where Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller is pastor.
CeCe is on fire to inspire others to be the best they can be by embracing their inner light in order to shine upon us through the birthing of their purpose. CeCe uses her gift of exhortation to reach out with Christian love and presence, in order to help others dealing with personal conflict and/or facing a spiritual void. CeCe’s goal is to become a world-renowned Inspirational Speaker and Author.
CeCe is guided by Isaiah 61:1-3 which declares, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness”.
Marcus C. Smith, known to the world as Brother Marcus is the latest addition to the Praise 103.9 line-up. He holds a Degree in Business Management from Berkeley College, a diploma in Theology from Urban Academy, Certification from the New York School of the Bible and was a student at Seminary of the East (Bethel Theological Seminary). He was very active within his church In New York as an Elder, Youth Director, former Worship Leader and Mentor. He was also a Substitute teacher for several years in South Jersey.
Brother Marcus was the former host of “The Focus Radio Show,” which was heard on on 800 AM, WIFI Vision Radio, as well as the Host for “The ARS Group Television Preview Show.” Some of his radio accomplishments include of “The Elements of Inspiration” on Praise 103.9′s sister station 100.3 The Beat, “Elements of Inspiration” on WIFI Radio 1460 AM, “Backline Magazine Radio Show” on WNWR 1540 AM, “On Solid Rock” WPEB Philly 88.1 FM, “Elements of Inspiration” on 720 AM The Rock, and “The Brother Marcus Show” on The Praise House Internet radio station.
The vision that God has given to Brother Marcus is to help people believe in themselves more then ever before, and to let them know they are not alone in this journey of life. Bro. Marcus does this by giving Elements of Inspirational words that motivate, encourage and inspire people of all walks of life to strive to be better and always trust God.
At the end of every broadcast, Bro. Marcus, The Radio Show Host Extraordinaire, leaves his faithful listeners with The Elements of Inspirational quotes. Then he signs off with this phrase, “Stay focused everybody, remember God loves you and so do I!” It’s your Brother talking … let’s spread that love.
Find more from Bro. Marcus at www.BrotherMarcus.com.