Baptized by the late Dr. R. A. Laws of the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church. Sly, as he is called, made his musical debut at BAM as a teen. He has played at Lincoln Center and Radio City Music Hall.
“I love the Lord and I give my life to spreading his word through song.”
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Derrick was always interested in singing. He was member of the chorus in junior and High School. When he helped form the group Status IV, he never thought he would be singing for the Lord.
“Thank you Jesus, God had a different plan for me.”
Born in Wilmington, North Carolina. He sang in the Junior and Senior Choirs in his home church. Lorenzo came to New York to fulfill his dreams to become a recording artist. He sang with a few groups until he met Derrick and formed Status which was a R&B group at that time.
“Now we’re singing for the Lord and it’s much more fulfilling, Thank God!”
Since he was old enough to talk, he was always singing. His dream was to sing on stage under the bright lights.
“God blessed me and my dream came true. Now my life is dedicated to singing the praises of the Lord.”
“Because of the excitement they stir up in the spirit they are being called the gospel Temptations.”
-The Harlem Weekly
Capturing originality for that one-of-a-kind, unique sound.
Status IV has been ministering through song over the years and has demonstrated their versatility with riveting a cappella and harmony.
The group has been together for 18 years and moved from secular music to singing for the glory of God. Each member, in his own right has testimony to the greatness of the Lord. Their testimonies through song have moved congregations and gatherings to spiritual levels which have helped them overcome their own personal struggles.
God has blessed the group with two anointed writers and the group attends weekly Bible Study Classes to enrich its musical ministry.