Agape Muzic

by Terry Watson | May 10th, 2012

Agape Muzic (Photo by Perfect Lenz Photography)

Many years ago, a musical gift was realized in Antron “Tru Keyz” Heggie. Originally from Oxford, N.C., he graduated From J. F. Webb High School in 1996. Along with John Joyner and Kelvin Parker, Agape Muzic was formed in 2009. Their original goal was to be a musician only jazz band, but after prayer for direction and vision they realized they needed vocalists. Heggie plays the piano, leads the musicians and provides the hip hop portion to Agape. “I took piano lessons from age 10 to 18. I played the piano for my home church from the ninth grade until I graduated from high school,” he says. He then attended North Carolina A & T State University and met his wife Keisha, a bond that produced their beautiful daughter, Nyla. “She is the reason that I am striving to build a legacy,” says Heggie.

“I play because music is in my DNA. When I wake up every morning I pray then I turn on the music,” says Heggie. Music has been the soundtrack of his life. He also takes on the role of producer, creating hip hop, R&B and digital jazz. “With all the music that’s in me I have to play. I would lose my mind if I couldn’t get this music out of me,” he says.

Antonio J. Scott is a native of High Point, N.C. and graduated from Southwest Guilford High School Class in 2003. Currently he is a student at Winston Salem State University, majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in biology. He describes himself is a lyricist and poet, he is the hype man for Agape Muzic. He says he is blessed to be in the company of such an amazing group of God-fearing individuals that share messages of love, and hope through good music. He says that he inspired by God, and his life has been impacted by the values and morals that his parents have set before him. “Music is life, rhythm, and melodic tones. It motivates me,” he says.

Drummer Jared (Jay) Brandon Jones is a native of New Jersey. He moved to Greensboro in 1998 and attended Southern Guilford High School and joined the band. He says he became intrigued by the percussion section. After he graduated from high school in 2008, Jones began to play for his church, Gospel Feast Tabernacle, under the leadership of Bishop Brandon Thompson in Greensboro. “Playing for the church has been a blessing. I enjoy every minute of it, from the slow contemporary music to the fast music,” he says. His biggest inspirations are Chris Coleman, Calvin Napper, Calvin Rodgers and Aaron Spears.

Vocalist Tasha Crews is a native of Greensboro, N.C. She attended Carolina Beauty School in 1997 and earned her professional styling licenses in 1998. Soon afterwards, she attended North Carolina A &T State University and earned a bachelor’s in business administration. A mother of two beautiful children, Azana and Ameen, she has been singing for more than half her life in church. She lead her first song at age nine with her family group “Faith of Victory” consisting of her grandmother, mother and younger sister and Agape member, Crystal. “My instrument is my voice. Singing is a gift from God. So he has anointed me to sing and by singing to Him daily has made my voice stronger,” she says. “I sing because it makes God smile and brings Him glory. I have come to know through experience, that singing heals broken hearts and delivers souls. Singing calms and makes a heart happy and sends a message. Singing allows me to express myself freely.”

Crystal Simmons is a native of Greensboro, N.C., and a graduate of Walter Hines Page High School, she prides herself on being a great mom to her daughter Olivia. She says she strives everyday to be a better person. With a lot of prayer, she says she is able to still stand. “I can honestly say that the greatest achievement that I have ever made was being a loving mother. Growing up I always vision myself on stage singing in front of thousands of people and God has really blessed me by putting me with amazing people that love God and music as much as I do,” she says.
The Sound Engineer for Agape Muzic is Kelvin Parker. A native of Greensboro, N.C., he graduated from James B. Dudley High School.

Instructed by other sound professionals Arthur “Ottie” Harris, Ken Knoble Stanton Gilmore and Ricky Ellis, and he is also a founding member of Agape Muzic. He has a natural love for music, but more specifically he identifies with the way music makes him feel. “Music is uplifting and joyful in every aspect. Agape means – Unconditional Love,” he says. Moving forward says that he plans to own and manage a sound company one day. “I would love to be a part of Agape Muzic and express my love for God with this wonderful group of people forever,” says Parker.

John R. Joyner Jr. was raised in North Carolina and Brooklyn N.Y. He attended Albany State University in Georgia and has been a member of Agape for two years. As the band’s bass guitarist, he says he loves everything about music, including how a song can touch your soul when you are feeling happy or sad. He says his inspirations are everyday people who go through hard times but never give up. He accredits his mother for instilling her strong will and spiritually minded qualities in him. Joyner says Agape means love. As a member of the band it has allowed him to help change lives in a way that it pleases God. “I’m forever grateful to God for making and molding me into a better man, father, husband and friend,” he says.

Vocalist Kolika Cutler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and was raised on the eastern shore of Virginia. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University and later transferred to North Carolina A&T State University. The middle child of three, she is the mother of an eight year old son. She says she has been singing all of her life. “I don’t come from a family of singers, but I have always been in love with singing,” she says. Her motto is “Music is my therapy”. If she’s singing or just listening to it, she says its universal language seems to take her to another place. Her musical inspiration is Anita Baker.

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