Today we’d like to introduce you to Adriann Lewis-Freeman.
Adriann, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started singing at the age of 3 under the influence of my parents Luciose Jr. and Kayron Lewis. I did my first solo standing on a wooden box at my childhood church Mt. Moriah M. B. Church.
At the age of 12, I had my debut on Saginaw Valley Community Choir’s album, “He’s the Greatest Friend of All”. During my teenage years, I continued to sing at my local church, where my father was the pastor and local community choirs.
In 2003, I along with my sister, Aundrea Lewis, Ashley Jones-Griffith, and Kanika Adams-Trigg, release our first record entitled, “RiZen” with the hit single “View the City”, RiZen continued to take the gospel music industry by storm, with 2 more chart-topping albums, “RiZen 2” and “Free”. After receiving my bachelor’s degree at Tennessee State University (2011) and master’s in Educational Leadership.
In 2012, I married the wonderful, kind, and giving person by name of Darin Freeman Sr. He is the pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church at 6801 Charlotte Pike. He is the reason I went back into the studio to record three singles, “Prayer Changes Things”, “Joybells”, and the billboard chart-topping “Been So Good”.
Now back together with the original ladies of RiZen, we have our new single, “He’ll Be There”, we have begun traveling the world again and praise God for trusting us with his anointed to bring hope to the world. I am grateful for the many traveling experiences God has allowed me to have, but most of all I am grateful for being a wife, mother, educator, and vessel that carries the anointing.
My favorite scripture is Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing shall be impossible”.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No, it has not been a smooth road. I have experienced a divorce, but only to find love again.
The doctors told me I would never have any children because of early bad decisions I made in my life, but I have a 25-year-old son who is healthy and without any disabilities. I move to Tennessee with no one but my son and who was 11 years old at the time.
Being a single mother by itself is a hard road, but with God all this is well.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
After taking a break from traveling, I decided to go back to school and get my bachelor’s degree in English.
Going to school full time, being a single mother, and a minister of music at a local church was a bit overwhelming, but I survived and graduated with a 3.8 GPA. After graduating, I started teaching at a middle school in East Nashville than in Antioch.
Because of locating a home in Clarksville, I now work in Clarksville as a high school English teacher and a lead for the district. Teaching has been a wonderful experience.
Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
My view on risk talking is that everyone takes a risk every day we wake up. When we leave our homes and get in our cars to drive, that is a risk. Walking down the street or crossing the street is a risk.
Decisions that we make are all risks as well. If we don’t take them, they are not living out their best lives.
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