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Musician .. Artist .. Producer .. Writer - Entrepreneur God anointed Ralph T. Lofton, Jr. with the ability to play at the ge of nine years old in the city of Memphis, Tennessee. His first instrument was the piano and the first song he ever played was Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross during Sunday School. He soon developed his love for the organ. Ralph used his playing ability to assist ministries and musical groups within the city, a few of which he was the founder and director. In 1984 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue his musical career. Shortly after his arrival, Ralph began playing for a couple of local churches and worked a few odd jobs while becoming acquainted with the music industry. In God..s perfect time, Ralph was introduced to Dr. Bobby Jones and his music director, Derrick Lee. He auditioned and was hired as a musician for the Bobby Jones Gospel Show on the Black Entertainment Television Network (BET). He served in that capacity for over ten years. Through this entity, God blessed Lofton to further use his music ministry by playing for numerous recording projects. In 1989, he was hired to tour with Bebe and Cece Winans. This tour would take him halfway around the world (as far as Siberia.) Lofton has also been blessed to make guest appearances on the TV shows of such stars as Arsenio Hall, Pat Sajak, Regis & Kathy Lee, Jay Leno, and David Letterman, to name a few. He has accompanied such worldrenowned artists as Whitney Houston, Little Richard and has appeared on the stage and on the records of over 100 gospel artists. One could just about pick any gospel CD out of their collection and find his name listed under the musical credits. As a producer, he has produced three of his own instrumental projects. He has also produced projects for the Angelic Voices of Faith, Dr. Charles G. Hayes & The Cosmopolitan Church, The Christianaires, Sharrneice Horton and the Voices of Faith, and the two-time Dove nominated Mt. Zion Mass Choir (Nashville, TN.) As a songwriter, he has written music for such artists as Bobby Jones and New Life, Beverly Crawford, Rev. Clifton Davis, and Rev. Lawrence Thomison. The 1998 Stellar Awards featured one of Mr. Lofton..s compositions as their theme music. He has several gold records and citations to his credit. Ralph is the President and CEO of Raphton Music Enterprizes, a music company that houses several publishing entities, a record label, the future school of the arts, and a consulting firm. Lofton is currently traveling with the renowned jazz saxophonist, Kirk Whalum where he performs with musical greats such as trumpeter Rod McGaha, bassist Michael Manson, vocalist Kevin Whalum, guitarist Kevin Turner, drummer Sean McCurley, and keyboardist Michael Logan. And now Kirk's son, Kyle Whalum is on Bass Guitar & Arlington Jones is on keys. He's from Dallas, Tx. Ralph has also traveled with the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin in April 2007. Ralph also has & is working with his wife Ceesha E. Lofton calaborating on songs for various projects along with her performing vocals on his latest project 'I Tell You Yes'. His current partnership with Duration Music Group, owned by Joseph R. Washington, Jr., has birthed an instructional organ DVD entitled The Art And Fundamental Basics Of The Hammond Organ, the newly released CD entitled I Tell You Yes (featuring a mixture of instrumental gospel, smooth jazz, and harmonic vocal presentations,) and a future ..pregnant.. with possibilities. ..Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart..s desires... Psalm 37:4 (NLT..