Pastor, musician, and motivational speaker the Reverend Thomas Lee (T. L.) Barrett was born January 13, 1944, in Jamaica, Long Island, New York. His father, from the Mississippi Delta, was a part-time gospel performer with the Southern Wonders. At the age of nine, Barrett's family moved to Chicago, Illinois, and Barrett continued to struggle in school. When his father passed away while Barrett was still a teen, he returned to New York and found work in a hospital removing brains from cadavers at the age of sixteen.
By that year, Barrett's musical talents were being noticed, especially his ability on the piano. He began performing at the Waldorf Astoria and the New York City Village Gate, as well as in several church choirs. He gave up his job in the hospital, and in addition to his music, he was working as an executive shoeshine man. Feeling the call to the ministry, Barrett attended Bethel Bible College and passed the New York State Board of Regents ministerial exam. After marrying a young woman from New York, Barrett returned to Chicago in 1967. The following year, he was named the pastor of Life Center Church of God in Christ, and in 1968 he began purchasing airtime on local radio stations to spread his ministry. By 1973, he was a regular on WBMX, and he remained on-air there until switching to WJPC in 1980.
He has also recorded five albums and several sessions of taped sermons. The most known album is entitled “Do not pass me by” on Gospel Roots in 1976. TL Barrett sings with the Youth for Christ Choir.
Also he recorded two tracks entitled “Lord’s prayer” and “Said it long time ago” on Gospel Roots in 1979. Distributed by T.K.Productions. Produced by Roger Phillips.
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