Choir director and Gospel music artist James Fortune was involved in a car accident on January 3. Fortune was on his way to church when his car was hit by a drunk driver in a four car accident.
No update on his condition, except Fortune's social media comments: "Family, I'm sore but I'm alive! Jesus spared my life. Thank you so much for your prayers, love and support. I'm so grateful! I'll be back soon. Let's all love and forgive. Tomorrow is not promised! God bless you all!" Fans are requested to pray for Fortune's recovery.
Fortune, who was born November 29, 1978, in Richmond, Texas, was raised in the church where his dad was a pastor, and was playing drums by the age of five. He graduated from Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas and then attended Cal State Northridge, and consequently became the choir director at Dimension Church in Houston.
As much or more a preacher, choir leader, master of ceremonies, and a worship service manager as he is a straight-up singer, Fortune's strength is in understanding how to put gospel and praise songs over to a young 21st century audience, and with his featured choir, FIYA (which stands for Free in Yahweh's Abundance), he freely incorporates hip-hop arrangements and urban beats into his recordings, which include You Survived (2004), The Transformation (2007), Encore (2010), and Identity and Grace Gift (both released in 2012).