Pastor Darius Brooks
Pastor Darius Brooks has been one of Gospel music’s greatest driving; creative forces. He may not be recognized by his name but by his unprecedented gift. He has been behind the scenes of some of gospel’s biggest songs and stars.
For the last three decades, Pastor Brooks has thrived in almost every musical capacity imaginable from songwriter, singer and accompanist, to arranger and producer for a host of Gospel luminaries that includes Pastor Shirley Caesar, Vickie Winans, the late Rev. Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Singers, and Ricky Dillard, jazz legend Ramsey Lewis as well as R&B icons Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder to name but a few. His creative force has an international reach that extends to Great Britain, Sweden, Scandinavia, Italy, South Africa and Germany.
Brooks is best known for placing such treasures in gospel music history as "Safe in His Arms," "My Mind's Made Up," "For the Good of Them," "If I Be Lifted," “I Tried Him and I Know Him,” “God’s Got It,” “Your Will” and many others.
Brooks is also the visionary responsible for reassembling The Tommies Reunion. The Tommies Reunion is comprised of former members of the famed Thompson Community Singers as well as some new young talent that treasures the experience of working with the faces and voices that sent the group to the top of the charts during the late 80’s and 90’s and ushered in the contemporary gospel sound which led to them being called the #1 choir in the country and placed them permanently in gospel music history.
Grammy, Stellar and Dove Awards are among the many accolades he has received, and yet, with a resumé already to his credit that most artists, songwriters, and producers can only dream of, his greatest calling yet became a reality in April of 2009, when he heeded the call to become senior pastor of Grace Central Church and has remained faithful to serving the church and community ever since. Those who know Pastor Brooks know that even before he began to Pastor, he was spreading the gospel everywhere he went. His music was just a catalyst for opening the hearts of those who were seeking salvation. He has also worked for over 30 years as the Musical Director for Rev. Jesse Jackson and Operation Push which has taken him around this country and around the world fighting for those who could not fight for themselves. Pastoring has been a natural extension of the person that is he is and the experiences he has had.
Pastor Brooks, his wife, Deborah and their daughter, Dasha Lyric, make their home in the Chicagoland area where he currently serves as Senior Pastor of Grace Central Church in Westchester, IL, CEO of Journey Music Group, CEO of Grace Central Outreach and CEO of SDM Foundation for the Education and the Arts, which is a non-profit foundation, through which he mentors young people who desire to pursue the performing arts as a career and/or a means of enhancing their lives.