by Jennifer Campbell
1:18 says, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ...." Darrell
Luster is a prime example of this scripture. His life revolves around
Jesus Christ and he is not afraid to tell the world. Darrell Luster
is "Not Ashamed."
P.O. Box 11683
Durham, N.C. 27703
Phone: (919) 220-5060
Fax: (919) 220-0605
William Luster was born on December 10, 1963, and he was the youngest of
fifteen children. Along with his five brothers, they formed "The
Luster Brothers." Darrell's first professional position was with
the Sensational Nightingales, filling in for a group member who was ill.
In 1984, Charles Johnson of the Sensational Nightingales formed his own
gospel group called "Charles Johnson and the Revivers." Charles asked
Darrell to be a part of this venture. While being with the Revivers,
Darrell sung such inspirational songs as "I Can't Even Walk (Without You
Holding My Hand)," "Sealed Till the Day of Redemption," and "I Know What
Lies Ahead," just to name a few. Guided and directed by the Holy
Spirit, Darrell moved into a solo career in 1993. He released his
first album entitled "Peace Be Still" on The Morning Star Record label.
His first single from this album is entitled "I Believe He Died for Me."
Darrell attributes much of the success of this song to the masterful and
professional husband and wife writing team of Colbert and Joyce Croft.
singing at the age of twelve, but who inspired him to start a singing career?
Darrell said, "My oldest brother Ronald Luster started me singing when
I didn't even know that I could sing. I fell in love with it that
night when he asked me to come and sit down on the couch and say woo.
I've been in love with it ever since. He also was the first of us
siblings to begin preaching so that made me aware it wasn't just about
singing but it was also a ministry. Thanks Ron!"
In 1994, Darrell released his second solo album entitled "I Can't
Tell It All." He has also recorded two live concert videos entitled
"Darrell Luster - Greatest Hits" and "Members Only." Darrell started
his own record company, Beacon Records, in January of 1997. His first
release on Beacon's label is entitled Members Only. Darrell's latest
project is entitled "It Doesn't All End at The Grave," and he is currently
on tour promoting this new recording.
Darrell's style of music crosses many lines, there is still a definition.
In Darrell's ministry, that definition is anointed. Here are his
comments concerning Southern Gospel Music and Traditional Black Gospel.
"After singing Traditional Black Gospel for many years I would have to
make a comparison to Southern Gospel Music the same as playing a pickup
basketball game and playing an organized basketball game. In Traditional
Black Gospel, there is really no programmed way to do a song but in Southern
Gospel Music it's verse, chorus, verse, chorus, etc."
wish you could send someone back in time to send yourself a message, so
you could fix the future? If Darrell could send a message to the
young Darrell, this is what he would say. "I would tell young Darrell
to go for it as a youngster. Don't be afraid to show people what
you can do. I was always afraid that people would say that I was
too young and I feel like I missed a lot of opportunities."
resides in Durham, North Carolina with his wife Anita and their five children
Kejon, Kendra, Darrell II, Darrian, and Darriah. There is no need
to ask Darrell if he has a happy marriage, because he said that the most
wonderful day of his life was his wedding day. This is what he said
about his family. "I often say I have five wives and one child just
to see if you're really paying attention but actually it's the other way
around. I fly to just about all of my concerts so I won't have to
leave a day ahead to get to my destination and I can also get back sooner
to spend more time with my family. If your ministry and singing career
are going great and you're going through a divorce or your children are
on drugs or flunking out of school, are you really successful?"
hear a song, do you think in your mind, "I wish I had written that?"
Well, you're not the only one! Darrell said, "I wish I had written
"I Can't Even Walk (Without You Holding My Hand)" because everyone thinks
I wrote it anyway. So, I should just take the credit, the money,
and move into my earthly mansion."
Luster's most embarrassing moment is, "Running down the street in downtown
Durham, N.C. I fell and I felt like I was flying." He also
said that one thing he would like to accomplish would be a venture into
acting one day in the future.
ever said that life was going to be a "bed of roses," but it is true that
some songs have a certain way of brightening a discouraging situation.
Darrell said that the single "Thank God" by Tony Gore & Majesty was
an encouragement to him after going through one of the greatest trials
in his life. He also said that it happened to be his whole family's
national anthem then.
Luster's ministry has inspired thousands of people and will continue to
do so since God's anointing is upon this ministry. Darrell said that
his greatest wish would be this. "I would want to be fairly wealthy
to be able to do more for people, and have the time to teach more about
the real love that Jesus was talking about." This statement right
here should tell you that Darrell Luster is "Not Ashamed."
Favorite Food: My Fried Fish
To Read The April Cover Story Featuring Legacy Five
Favorite Restaurant: Red Lobster
Favorite Song: "Somewhere Somebody Is Praying For Me"
Favorite Soloist: Shirley Caesar
Favorite Group: The Original Hinsons
Favorite Musician: Gary Prim
Favorite Hobby/Interest: Fishing
Favorite Scripture: 1 Thess. 4:16-18
Favorite Animal: All reptiles
Dream Vacation: Anywhere alone with my wife
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