07/14/05 — From the soul singer

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From the soul singer

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on July 14, 2005 1:45 PM

D.J. Coles' musical journey continues to be striking the right chords.

His aspiration to be a full-time musician is still unfolding, while his faith in the possibility is unwavering.

"My desire is to evoke a positive emotion in listeners toward God, and to please God with the talent that He has given me," he said.

Coles, former principal at Carter Christian Academy, is also a health educator for the WATCH mobile unit. He hasn't given up his day job, but likewise has no plans to give up on his dream of singing wherever he can.

In 2003, he released a three-song album called "A Prayer for America," the title track written after the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001.

He has spent the last two years writing songs for a contemporary Christian album, while performing at churches and other venues across the country. He also serves Seymour Johnson Air Force Base as its youth pastor.

Recently, he spent an entire day recording tracks for the newest release at S&H Studios in downtown Goldsboro. Ten of the 11 songs chosen for "Your Grace" he says he wrote himself.

Coles said he expects the latest album will be released for distribution by fall. Unless, of course, another of his projects causes it to be delayed.

That project is a Christian version of "American Idol," which will be taped in Charlotte in mid-July and air on television later in the month. It will be hosted by Clifton Davis, a minister who formerly played one on the TV show "Amen."

"Christian Artist Talent Search" is a national competition, with the top 64 contenders chosen to participate. Coles was named No. 65, the first alternate.

"I'm next in line if someone drops out," he said. "I have to have four songs prepared to sing and be ready to go immediately if I'm called."