Continuing The Legacy of, The Late Gene Cross, Meet "The Cross Family" of Ft Lauderdale Florida!

It's an honor to interview, The Cross Family." Tell me a little bit about your gospel group. Where are you from, and how did you get started in music? We are a family group consisting of blood brothers and sisters and some close friends we grew up with as a family. We are actually from Ft Lauderdale, Florida. We grew up in gospel music because our dad Gene Cross was a well-respected gospel singer who traveled worldwide as the lead singer of The Smiling Jubilaires of Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Every 4th Sunday in February, dad would put on an anniversary celebration bringing all the major gospel groups to the area we got to know growing up.

When did the gospel group's professional career begin, and how did everyone come together? Our career officially began in 2016 when our dad's lifelong dream came true before his passing in 2018 by ministering with all his kids as one under Gene Cross and The Cross Family. We all were involved in different ministries before then. On January 21, 2021, we released our first single, "Thank You Lord," which launched our professional career.

As an independent label, what challenges do you face? Independent artists face the challenge of getting their music placed in rotation.

In your opinion, what does it take to "make it" in this business? To make it in this business is to keep God first and do it from your heart and not for show.

In your opinion, what's the best and worst part of being an independent gospel group?

Being independent has its advantages and disadvantages. The best part is having complete control over everything; the worst part is being unable to promote yourself as effectively as labels can.

Has the group ever released a song that you thought would be a significant success but didn't do as well as you expected? Tell me about an experience you had like that. Well, we have released two singles, Thank You Lord (which had people taking notice cause of our sound) and, most recently, Walk All Over (which is getting rave reviews from all the stations that have and continue to play it.

Does any of the members in the band have a day job, or is music your full-time job?

Most of us have full-time jobs, and we make our music on the weekends.

How important is it that your friends and family support your music by purchasing and downloading your single? How crucial is their support for the success of your career?

It's vital to get support from family and friends cause everything starts at home, and they are your biggest promoters by word of mouth.

How important is it that your friends and family support your music by purchasing and downloading your single? How crucial is their support for the success of your career?

Getting support from family and friends is vital because everything starts at home, and they are your biggest promoters by word of mouth.

What have people heard your music say about the group's vocal style that sets you apart from other gospel groups? We show versatility when we minister because we are not just doing a complete set of one particular type of sound. We do a mixture of all styles of the gospel in our recordings and our band. We want to attract all age levels to our ministry.

What's the vision of your gospel group? Our vision is to continue the legacy our father instilled in us before he passed and take our ministry to the next level. Also, we pray that through our music, people will be impacted by a song we sing that can help them get through a situation they may be encountering at the time. We want to win souls to Christ by ministering through songs.

What's the main ingredient of keeping a group intact? Fasting/Praying and, most importantly, keeping God first.

What would it be if you could speak to your fans from your heart and tell them one important thing you want them to know about being an independent gospel group?

The sacrifices we have to make to survive in the industry

What advice would you give to new artists entering the changing industry? It takes sacrifice, dedication, patience, prayer life, and finances to make it. The gospel industry is constantly changing because of different age brackets and ethnicities. You have to focus on reaching all areas, which will get you in more places; also, for any recordings, you make sure it's of professional quality to be considered for airplay.

What would it be if you could speak to DJs from your heart and tell them one crucial thing you want them to know about being an independent artist? Your help and support are essential to playing our music since, without you, we won't be able to spread the message we convey through music.

How would you describe your music to those who have never heard it before? Quartet music with a twist of new school sound mixed in

Does the group write and produce their music? Yes, we write and produce just about all of our music.

What does it feel like to be an independent gospel group? Share your heart with our readers. It feels good being an Independent artist in some ways because you can market yourself anywhere without any restrictions.

How do you prepare yourself mentally for public opinion (either positive or negative) when you're preparing for a new song release? Well, we leave it in God's hands because we know that regardless of what we release, there will be some naysayers who won't like what we put out and accept that. We work and strive for God's approval, not man's.

Have you ever felt so discouraged in this business, for whatever reason, that you just wanted to throw in the towel? We never get discouraged about what we do because we do it for ministry. Now, as far as money is concerned, if you focus on it and think you're going to make all this money doing what you do, then you'll get discouraged and want to throw in the towel because there's not a lot of money being thrown your way all the time. Sometimes you have to come out of your pocket to go places to minister.

How many singles/albums does the gospel group have out presently, and what is your favorite album/song to date? As The Cross Family, we have released two singles in the past two years, "Thank You Lord" and "Walk All Over." I love them both, but the one I love performing now is "Walk All Over" because it has this smooth feel, and when you hear it, it makes you want to rock side to side, snapping your fingers.