Shukura Mitchell

shukura-mitchellThis soprano was born in Portland, Oregon.

  • Shukura is single with children.
  • Shukura spends leisure time pursuing quality time with her children and family .

Shukura loves singing and worshiping the Lord. She’s a member of the Greater Mt. Gillard Baptist Church, under the leadership of her father, Pastor Carland Allen. Shukura desires for Voices In Praise to be able to bless those who are in need spiritually & physically.

Shukura’s favorite Voices In Praise song is Always.  She is an accomplished Hair Stylist.

Rev. Odell Graham, Jr.

Odell Grahama.k.a. ‘Jr., Uncle Pepsi’ 

This tenor was born in Madison, AR. January 16th, 1947 and went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 21, 2012.

  • Married with children, Rev. Odell Graham, Jr. was a veteran who had performed with gospel groups.
  • Rev. spent his leisure time pursuing riding horses, barbequing, bowling and spending time with the family .

Odell was the co-founder of VIP, he resided in Portland, OR with his wife Lorraine and children Kenny, Mecca, Jasmine, Katrina, J.C., Kierra, and their foster children. Odell was an associated minister at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Rev. Dr. Johnny Pack IV, PH.D. Odells’ desire is for Voices In Praise (VIP) to be able to lead people to the Lord, an international success.  Odell’s favorite Gospel song is Eye on the Sparrow.  His favorite Voices In Praise song is Because Of Who You Are. Odell is a retiree of 30 years at Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, and he is a Jack-of-all-trades.  Odell unwinds with a good nap, being with his family, and listening to music.

Odell’s calling to the ministry is personal and a command from the Lord, that he took very seriously. Colossians 1:25 “I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness. My prayer is to let God lead us, and not we ourselves. So that we can truly be obedient to his will.”

Minister Marie Miller

Minister Mariea.k.a. ‘Ree’ 

This soprano was born in Portland, Oregon.

  • Minister has been performing since the age of 7.
  • Minister is single with children.
  • Minister spends leisure time pursuing Avid Runner .

Since I was young I’ve been told there was something special about me. Through God’s intervention I realized it was the annointing of the Holy Spirit. Naturally I bury myself in the praise and worship of our Lord, and stay armed with his word.

One of my favorite scriptures in the bible is “Train your child up in the way that he should go an he will not depart from it”, as a mother of five and a grandmother of four, I look back and smile on the day I found it. Through perservance and dedication God has continued to bless my family and myself. So I come as a true servant of God to head his people to the light. Joshua 24, 13:15. “As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.”

Maria Miller-Watkins


a.k.a. ‘Ree’ 

This soprano was born in Chicago, IL.

  • Maria has been performing since the age of 8.
  • Married with children, Maria Miller-Watkins is a veteran who has performed with gospel and R&B groups.
  • Maria spends leisure time pursuing the culinary arts, singing, modeling, coordinator and quality time with her husband and family .

Maria is one of the original members of the group and known as “The Officer” of the group. She is involved in the community and volunteers hours of her time thru her job and with VIP. Maria comes from a musical family and background. She also enjoys stimulating conversation about matters of varying importance.

Leonard Latin

Leonard LatinThis tenor and instrumentalist was born in Portland, Oregon.

  • Single with children, Leonard Latin is a veteran who has performed with Gospel and R&B.
  • Leonard spends leisure time pursuing spending time with his children and grandchildren. .

Leonard was born in Portland, OR where he still currently resides. Leonard is the Bass Man of VIP. He also lead sings for the Light, plays keyboard, and presently in the studio doing a gospel CD with Abba Dosay. Leonard spends leisure time working out, writing music, gardening and helping others.

Leonard loves the Lord and his desire is for the Lord to continue to allow Voices In Praise to reach those who are lost and entrapped by the enemy, and to let them know that God still loves them.

Leonards favorite Gospel song is Just as I am.  His favorite Voices In Praise song is Let Us Worship Him.  He is an accomplished Executive Director of Marketing at the Portland Observer Newspaper.

Leonard loves spending time with his children and grandchildren

Jethyl Williams


JeffThis tenor and instrumentalist was born in Portland, Oregon.

  • Jethyl is married with children.
  • Jethyl spends leisure time pursuing and enjoying time at home, family and playing music. .

I am a mild mannered, good hearted, lover of simple things kind of guy. I love listening to and playing music. Interested in learning to play the keyboard. I currently play the drums and sing. I come from a family of 7 with 6 siblings.

I have dealt with drug addiction and alcohol trouble; but much better now. I recently married a strong woman of god. I have a grown up son and I work for FedEx Express as Delivery Driver. I am also very faithful to my church.

Fie Wash

fie-washThis tenor and instrumentalist was born in Newton County, Mississippi.

  • Fie has been performing since the age of 8.
  • Fie is married with children.
  • Fie spends leisure time pursuing Sewing and designing clothes, being an artist and a singer.

I love the Lord, which gives me the love for everyone. I love to sew and design clothing. I’m also a handy man in the electrical and carpentry fields.

Fie is also a Deacon at his church home, where he is always happy and never discouraged.

Verla M Gordon

Verla M GordonVerla was born in New Orleans, LA.

  • Verla is single with children.

I am a retired Department of Corrections employee. I have been retired for 2 years.

I am a born again Christian, baptised when I was 7 years old. I love singing and praising God.