She is only 28-years old and new to today’s gospel scene but Casey J, known also as Casey Janice Hobbs, has worshiped God through her singing for years.
“I have been singing forever and I am thankful to come from a family of ministers, preachers and singers…so it really was a natural thing for me,” said the Georgia native. “My heart is worship, I am not performance driven but drawn to those worship experiences that we sometimes have with just you and God.”
After releasing her first new single, “Fill Me Up” in the spring of this year, Casey J’s life has change. The inspirational tune hit the Top 20 on the Gospel Music Billboard charts and is receiving radio airplay across the country. The newcomer also has done several performances and recently was featured on the Bobby Jones Gospel Show on BET. Despite the overnight success she still has a genuine love for ushering in the Holy Spirit.
Casey J shared how she believes God not only wants to hear us, but also wants us to hear Him. Having a dialogue with Him, she added, is an important part of worship. As a worshiping singer she teaches others about worship. The recording artist also serves as a worship pastor at her church in Duluth, Georgia. But there was time she did not feel totally satisfied in her divine walk.
As a servant of God, she always knew God wanted her to do more than what she was doing. For eight years she taught school and loved it; however she was not fulfilled. It was a conversation she had with God one day in her classroom that changed her life. In that conversation with the Lord, Casey J expressed to God how she knew there was something more He wanted her to do and felt nothing was happening.
“I loved teaching and I loved the classroom, but I felt that God was calling me to full-time ministry,” she said. “I told God He had not really made a way to do it and I questioned why he had not done it yet, I was really upset with Him.”
The response Casey J received was a rude awakening to say the least. After expressing her feelings and complaining about doing more in ministry, the inspiring artist heard God’s answer.
“It was almost like He was in the room and I heard Him clear as day. He told me, ‘you are asking me for something you haven’t made room for me to do’,” said Casey J. “He said, ‘You really haven’t made room for me to facilitate that for you’.”
The change happened two years ago and Casey J made a decision that year to not renew her teaching contract. Doors began to open and she currently works as an online teacher for a charter school. Her schedule is more flexible and she is able to work from home. She said this allows her the ability to travel and pursue her music career.
“It was all because of that one “yes” to God.”