Georgia preacher Darrell Kelley is a man who wears many hats. As a Pastor, businessman, author, and more recently a singer/songwriter, Kelley is spreading the Word of God through everything he does.
Once God found his way into Kelley’s life, everything changed. In 2017, Kelley started a new religion he calls UWGEAM, which is an acronym that stands for God of the Universe, God of the World, God of all gods, God of everything, and God of anything including me. He wrote and published The Book of UWGEAM, that explains the principles of the religion, which are love, unity, and respecting one another regardless of religion. Kelley says, “When you read this book, you will feel better about yourself and each other, but most importantly, you will feel better about God.”
He currently leads the UWGEAM MINISTERS Church in Morrow, GA as both Bishop and Pastor. He hosts a weekly show, “U.W.G.E.A.M.”, which airs every Friday at 7:30PM EST on The Word Network. The show broadcasts live to 93 million people in over 200 countries. Watch it live here: http://thewordnetwork.org
Starting at a young age, music has been a large part of Kelley’s life although he only started seriously writing and performing music in 2018. He performed a song he wrote at a local open mic night, and the response from the audience was overwhelmingly positive. Kelley said, “I knew right then that writing and singing professionally had to be a major part of my life.” Since then, Kelley has released two albums, Unity and Storm Is Coming, both of which have received positive feedback from critics. Live Journal calls his music, “an energetic salute to Jesus.” Music Industry News Network says, “In the brief time since Darrell Kelley emerged in the entertainment world, he’s gathered quite a bit of attention. From his nontraditional approach to gospel music, and to the jazz flavored vocal inflections he brings to rhythm and blues, Darrell Kelley is obviously out to be bold and break the standard style mold.” Atlanta Patch says, “I think a man with this kind of energy and positive message is worth listening to.”
Kelley’s biggest music inspiration is the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, who seamlessly intertwined R&B, Gospel, and Soul with her powerful voice. Kelley aspires to create music much like how Aretha did and to spread love to all people.
Listen to Kelley’s latest single, “Evil”, on Spotify.
Not only has Darrell Kelley fed the souls of people through his religion and music, but he also feeds their stomachs. In 2013, Kelley launched Soul Delicious Grill and Buffet in Morrow, Georgia and later opened Soul Delicious Latino in Miami, FL. Kelley’s approach to business is very similar to how he approaches his religion. Kelley says, “Soul food is all about family, fun, love, and connection. It warms the soul and satisfies the stomach.”
Similar to taking care of his congregation, Kelley believes in taking care of his employees in order for his businesses to succeed. He says, “Always take care of your employees, they are the face, hands and voice of your business.”
It always comes down to gratitude for Darrell Kelley. He says, “I’m blessed because I get to create these environments families and friends can enjoy while dining out on some of our delicious down-home cooking.” At the end of the day, Kelley says, “I am just your average guy who can’t live without God.”
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