LIHUE — The author of “When I Think About The Lord,” an acclaimed praise and worship song, will be performing and preaching on Kauai Sunday.
James Huey, from Phoenix, began writing songs when he was 12 years old.
“I really felt a passion to be a praise and worship leader at a young age, so I knew early what I wanted to do,” he said.
Huey will be at three services hosted by King’s Chapel for “A Day of Praise and Worship.” Services will be 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Wilcox Elementary School, and 10:30 a.m. at 4469 Waialo Rd. in Eleele. The Sunday evening service will spotlight more music.
He tours year-round and is visiting the Hawaiian Islands, sharing his faith.
Huey plans to talk about “fulfilling the destiny that God has put on people’s lives.”
“The Lord has given each person a purpose and destiny to fulfill. Many people don’t fulfill that,” he said. “I want to encourage people to run after their God-given dreams, their God-given talents, and use them to the fullest of their abilities.”
Huey grew up in church and in music ministry. After high school he studied at Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas. In his freshman year, Huey led a gospel choir of over 50 strong. It is there he taught the choir his song, “When I Think About The Lord,” and soon after, CFNI produced the “Make Me Shout” album featuring the song. It is recognized as one of the modern classics in praise and worship music and is sung in churches throughout the world.
“It’s opened so many doors for me,” Huey said.
Huey and his wife Latesha have five children.
King’s Chapel minister Victoria Franks said Huey is encouraging and helps people develop their musical skills and their faith. And despite his success, he remains grounded, she said.
“We’re delighted to have him here to share his music and the word with the community,” Franks said.