A prolific singer, songwriter, musician, motivational speaker, actor and author, Elijah Bradford continues to reveal several personas as he matriculates through the world of performance arts.
Born the fifth of six children, Elijah Bradford attributes his fiery and convicting singing style to all of the music he surrounded himself with as a child. He often reminisces the sounds of Dorothy Love Coates, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Clark Sisters, Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes, and others blasting in his home. In the Early 80’s when other children were playing outside, Bradford was singing to anyone who would listen. It was a way for
him to communicate and escape the harsh realities of his stammering problem. Music to him was a breath of fresh air.
Bradford started singing with The Gospel Sunshine, a group of neighborhood boys, when he was 7 years old. His mother, Geneva Bradford, along with Mary Frances Wactor and Kenneth “K Boy” Charles help to cultivate their sound and give them a foundation in music. It was in this group that Elijah learned how to cultivate a group.
Educators were aware of his awesome abilities early and cultivated those abilities by placing him in the talented and gifted program. It was there Bradford learned the rudiments of music and developed an insatiable desire to share that with the world. He majored in music at Newberry College where he studied the language of music theory.
In 2006 Elijah developed Coffee House Productions. Initially, the production company was developed to house his annual music conference, Word In Song Conference. Bradford, however, was inspired in 2008 to expand the brand to include his three gospel music groups; Purpose Driven, Epiphany, and the Valentinos along with his speaking ministry.
In 2012 Bradford starred in his first acting role in the stage play “Crowns” written by Regina Taylor, perhaps best known as the Golden Globe award winner actress in the televeision series I’ll Fly Away.
Although Elijah has shared the stage with the likes of Luther Barnes, Dorothy Norwood, The McDonald Sisters, Lee Williams, Legendary Singing Stars, Brooklyn All Stars, Ted and Shari, The Canton Spirituals, The Williams Sisters, Dorinda Clark Cole , and others he is determined to stay humble and let God exalt him.
In early 2014 Elijah became a published author with his first book “Notes of Reassurance.” In the faith based book, Bradford uses real life experiences to provide a practical guide to handling the storms of life.
Elijah Bradford never tires of using his energies to transform the world, well beyond the church podiums and concert stages meshing traditional and social media to empower his audiences. Hundreds of thousands are watching him on Youtube and Facebook. He has a keen way of turning what he touches to gold. His straight –from-the-heart, passion and high-energy, motivates audiences to step beyond their limitations and into the greatness of what God has called them to be.