While Joann Rosario looks to the success of her recently released sophomore effort entitled ‘Now More Than Ever…Worship,’ it wasn’t long ago that this rising star faced one of the biggest challenges of her budding career and her life.
As Rosario gained notoriety for her breakout hit More, More, More during her days as a member of Fred Hammond’s Radical For Christ she noticed trouble with her vocal chords in late 2002.
By January 2003, she was diagnosed with nodules on her vocal chords and lost both her singing and speaking voice. As the national music director of Maranatha World Revival Ministries, as well as her church’s worship leader, the loss was especially difficult for Rosario.
“Even though the doctors were telling me what I should do to make my voice better, I just kept getting worse,” she explains in a Gospel News interview. “I just had to press through that time and believe God for things to change, and little by little, He did it,” she testifies.
Now completely healed, Rosario said “I feel like I have walked through the valley of the shadow of death, honestly. But God took away any fear that was left in me and taught me that He is my only source. So now when I face situations I can’t handle, I simply rest in Him.” And that is the personal testimony if her …’Worship.’
The CD boasts a strong collection of great worship songs including a live rendition of Welcome Into This Place, the gratitude-laden Life So Wonderful, the horn-tinged, funky Psalm 27 (He Reigns) and the powerful track God.
Rosario said when you know God and understand His character, it changes your outlook on life. And she hopes her CD will help God’s light to shine in the lives of others.