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Kevin LeVar Records Sophomore Album In Rehab Center

The Gospel singer decided to record his latest album at The Dream Center in Los Angeles.

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By McCarton Ackerman

08/15/14

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Gospel singer Kevin LeVar took a different approach for recording his second studio album. Instead of hitting a fancy recording studio or recording a live album from a theater, he chose to work out of a Los Angeles-based rehab called The Dream Center.

The Dream Center is where former drug dealers, prostitutes, and gang bangers have sought refuge to get clean. Destiny! Live at the Dream Center…and More features many of these people providing vocals on the album, which LeVar believes helped fulfill the goal of the album.

"I felt the Dream Center would be the perfect place because I felt the Lord telling me, you know this record is for the Josephs. This is for the one that the people have overlooked, the one that they've thrown away,” he said. "So we went to The Dream Center and we had 50 or 60 of those precious men and women piled into the studio. They're the ones singing the chorus on 'Born To Be Great.'"

While LeVar’s previous album was considered a worship record that targeted churchgoers, he wanted his sophomore effort to have more of a universal message and appeal.

"My purpose for this record is really to go well outside of the four walls of the church because the Gospel needs to be preached to those that don't know Jesus yet," he said. "So Gospel music needs to be sung to those that have never heard the Gospel, that don't have a relationship with Jesus yet," he said. "I think with this particular record you can do that, whereas the first record was really to the church."

Some of his other efforts are also relatable to those who are in recovery. He created an initiative in 2011 called the “Forgive to Live” campaign, whose goal it was to inspire one million acts of forgiveness. He partnered with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America for the project and spoke about the health benefits of forgiveness.

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