By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS — November 21, 2016) — He gave up his first love — singing R & B — when he rededicated his life to Christ. But after he devoted his music to God he became the random victim of a gang initiation that left him hovering near death, losing nearly half his blood.
After his out-of-body experience, God brought him back to share a message of hope in Jesus Christ.
Tony Davis was one of six children raised in Canton, Mississippi, by a mom who insisted they attend church every Sunday. As a teenager he accepted Jesus as his Savior. After college he began to pursue his dream of becoming an R & B singer one day.
He moved to Hollywood and his group, A Touch Plus, landed a record contract with Warner Brothers. The music scene drew him in with some powerful distractions.
“I began to party hearty,” Tony recalls. “I did the Soul Train dancing stuff. But I knew something was missing. Every time I left a party I felt empty.”
One day, feeling somewhat dejected, he was driving his red 300 ZX on Mulholland Drive, came around a curve too fast and almost went off a cliff.
He pulled over in the dirt next to the edge and lifted up a prayer to God. Thank you God I didn’t go over that cliff. I know I have to change, he mouthed.
To escape the fast lane, Davis moved to Atlanta and began to attend Hopewell Baptist Church. A “fire and brimstone” message pierced his heart and he rededicated his life to Christ.
A few days later, he asked God to remove his desire to sing R & B music.
He heard a voice speak to his heart: Take one step forward.
Standing alone in his apartment, he took one step forward and something surprising happened. All his feelings to sing R & B went away. He shook his head, thinking, What just happened?
He married his wife, Chriselda, in 1995 and began to pursue his new passion, singing Gospel music.
One evening he was on his way to pick up his wife from work at a board and care facility in South Central L.A., when he got a phone call from her.
It seems her friend’s car had broken down, two streets away from the facility where Chriselda worked. Tony found the friend and her children, put them in his jeep, but when he turned the corner and pulled up to the facility, gunfire began to ring out.
“Bullets hit the front of the jeep and one hit my door,” Tony recounts.
Photo captions: 1) Tony Davis. 2) Illustration of Tony Davis in Heaven. 3) Tony and his wife Chris. 4) Mark Ellis.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and also founder of www.GodReports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world.
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