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Antonio Neal: Always Encouraging

Antonio Neal is a multiple Dove-award recipient and GRAMMY and Stellar award-nominated artist.

My cousin, Kim, first introduced us at a creative writing workshop he was facilitating in Nashville, Tennessee. His story of going from a college basketball player to a full-time artist is simply incredible. God has given him wisdom far beyond his years, compassion to help artists realize their dreams, and a love for life.

Antonio gives, gives, and gives more. I have lots of pages of notes taken from that workshop on February 6, 2012. It was a life-changer.

Antonio encourages and uplifts others almost involuntarily, like it is second nature. That is one of the many gifts God has given him. I have compiled a few of his wise, inspiring, and encouraging Facebook statuses that I would like to share with you. God encourages him, he encourages me, and I hope these words encourage you.

  • You have a beautiful life. You're full of much potential that could help so many people. You are an original. God made you that way..Never let anyone tell you less.
  • Please don't quit and give up on life and your dreams.
  • Who told you that your dream was too big? Never mind who told you.. Why did you listen to them??!!
  • If there are songs in you, there could be books in you, if there are books in you, there could be a library in you, If there is a library in you, it may be filled with software,recipes,and cures for every disease and all types of things that could change the world as we know it..How deep are you looking? ‪#‎Genius‬
  • Always remember Jesus. Always keep him on your mind.
  • A talented person with no vision will become slave to a business man with no talent.
    ‪#‎getwisdom‬ ‪#‎getunderstanding‬ ‪#‎getinsight‬
  • Musician's Church:
    Don't give up on your music dreams. Your gift will make room for you. You have the potential to stand before great people.
  • If you keep knocking that door has to open for you:) ‪#‎neverquit‬‪#‎makesomenoise‬
  • Hey gospel artists: Do you know how special and needed you are in our culture right now?No matter how small your budgets,fan base and crowds are...Just keep on keeping on with the King.
  • If you've ever hurt your spouse just know that it will take some time for them to heal and you aren't the One who decides when they get there. Let it run its course and hopefully you all will grow beyond the injury. ‪#‎patience‬
  • Young husband.... if you want to live a long, happy and prosperous life..Never ever, ever never compare your wife to another woman...No matter what point you're hoping to make.She's not hearing you.....Don't do it:)
  • It's not wise to build a relationship on a foundation of dishonor.
  • Hey peoples..Just keep making great art..People will eventually find you and what you do...Keep being faithful and the support will show up:)
  • My job is to make good art,not beg people to buy it. If it's good it will sell itself.
  • Marriage is so much more than a wedding day with cake,rice and rings. it's an act of faith.

Check out his latest album Welcome Home and be sure to follow him on twitter: @antonioneal 

Antonio, you are a blessing to the world and the Body of Christ. You and Shae, please keep doing what you're doing! The sky is not the limit!


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