Traditional/Contemporary Gospel Artist
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Gospel Recording Artist and Songwriter
Anita’s love for music started at a very young age singing in church choirs. At the age of eight she was introduced to the stage as a soloist at a Church of God in Christ (COGIC) State Convention held annually in Jacksonville, Florida. Since then she has gracefully continued the journey of singing.
During her college years at Florida A&M University (1981-1984) she was a member of Florida A&M University (FAMU) Gospel Choir under the leadership of the gospel choir’s Founder and Advisor, the late Dr. J.D. Olds. During her years with FAMU Gospel Choir she was blessed to be featured on the gospel choir’s first "Live Recording" as lead vocalist for the albums’ title cut "He Will Bring You Out". In the 1990s’ Anita’s gifts were not only recognized in the church circle but spread in the community when she was invited to join the singing group General Uprising and gospel group "Psalms 8". In 1995 Anita was featured vocalist on National Gospel Jazz Recording artist - Mr. Ben Tankard’s first album "All Keyed Up" singing "Let This Love Live".
Anita participated as Apprentice in the State of Florida’s Folk Heritage to study African America blues under the master: the legendary Charles Atkins. This masterpiece of Anita and Charles Atkins studying music is historically placed in the State of Florida’s Department of State Archives of History.
Anita’s passion for music and singing open more doors when she was invited by Mr. Earle Lee, Director of the Boys Choir of Tallahassee to travel and perform with them. She has shared the stage with The Boys Choir of Tallahassee for over eight years traveling with them in January 2009 to Washington, DC for the First Inauguration of President Barack Obama and In July of 2009 to travel and perform as lead vocalist with the Boys Choir at the Essence Festival in New Orleans to participate in a tribute to Bishop T.D. Jakes. Anita’s historical moments were performing with the Boys Choir in Selma, Alabama for its annual national "Bloody Sunday Festival" and in 2012 the historical visit to the White House for the White House Holiday Celebration with President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama.
As a songwriter Anita has written several songs and on June 2017 Anita released her new Single entitled "YOU PRAISE HIM" produced by Christopher Lowe which was she was nominated in four categories by the Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards 2018 and received the 2108 Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards “Best Performance by Female Artist . Anita has recently been nominated for “Female Soloist of the Year” by the Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards for their 2019 21 st Annual Awards Ceremony to be held in Houston, Texas.
PASSION TO SERVE
Anita’s heart and passion to serve speaks for itself. She is a member of Celebrate New Life Tabernacle (CNLT) in Tallahassee, Florida, Bishop Joseph Henderson, Senior Pastor, where she serves as coordinator for the Women’s Prison Ministry and has been involved in prison ministry for over 18 years. Anita continue to support her husband as Chair of the organizing committee for The 100 Hall of Fame Legacy Foundation, Inc., founded by her husband Mr. Kenneth E. Hanna.
Anita believe family is your base and most important foundation that produces positive relationships. Anita has been blessed to have family that has supported her since childhood. Her mother, Evangelist Stella Stallworth and father, Elder Joseph D. Franklin (deceased) has been the most powerful influences in her life. Anita is the proud mother of two (Jacob and Lauren ) and happily married to Mr. Kenneth E. Hanna who continues to support her 100 percent in her music endeavors.
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