BOLINGBROOK – Bolingbrook resident Mitzi Ekekhor catalogs her life into two books.
The first story involves three decades of government service, while the second, ongoing tale, portrays a budding contemporary Christian singing career.
Ekekhor, 53, retired from a 34-year sales career at the U.S. Postal Service in 2010, working her way up from a part-time teenage employee to a new-hire supervisor.
After leaving her post, Ekekhor and her husband, local Powerhouse International Pastor Albert Ekekhor, began recording music for what eventually would transpire into Mitzi Ekekhor’s 10-song album “I Have Come to Worship.” The record was released June 3 by Tate Music Group.
The Bolingbrook duo co-wrote “I Have Come to Worship,” evoking sounds that fuse Motown, jazz, funk, traditional African beats and up-tempo Christian music.
The first of what may be several more albums, Ekekhor said her work is a tool in making others see God’s light through worship.
“I believe God has given me something special,” Ekekhor said. “I think my voice has a unique sound, and it is now my goal to share it with as many people as possible.”
The Christian recording artist started her musical journey as a child.
A native of Chicago’s west side, Ekekhor said culture was important to her family, who frequented concerts, ice-capades, block parties and horseback-riding events, she said.
Time spent at home was just as memorable, and she remember sitting on her porch, singing and sharing stories with friends and family.
“We lived on a corner lot, and everybody would gather at our house, tell stories and jokes, but mostly we would sing,” Ekekhor said. “Although I always had the lead part, I didn’t take my voice seriously.”
In 1996, a few friends persuaded Ekekhor to perform in her local church choir. Her musical rebirth affirmed that song is most fulfilling when shared with others, she said.
“I never had any formal training, but I was having so much fun singing in such an uplifting environment,” Ekekhor said. “People seemed drawn to my music, and singing is something that I am so passionate about.”
Ekekhor is putting the finishing touches on a second album and excited to continue her philanthropic work.
“It is an amazing blessing to be able to connect with people through song,” Ekekhor said. “It is my true passion, and I will continue to sing and spread the word of the Lord for as long as possible.”