Music/Choir Ministry

Althea Battle is a gifted artist and musician whose sounds have captivated audiences for over two decades. Growing up the daughter of a pianist and a gospel entertainer in Oakland, California, Althea was a musical prodigy, destined to become the amazing talent she is today. From an early age, she began her journey by singing in church and performing in musical theatre in school. In 1990, Althea graduated Skyline’s Performing Arts School and began her musical theatre career with Beach Blanket Babylon. Later, she began working with her own musical groups and started a band.

Although success with popular music was fulfilling, Althea always made sure God was part of  her career. Althea’s talents blessed her to sing alongside several amazing gospel artists. Stage and live performances included opening for Twinkie Clark, Anita Wilson, Alexis Spight, Crystal Rucker and BET Sunday Best’s Joshua Rogers.

With a lifetime of experience in singing in church choirs, Althea gracefully developed her skills as a choral instructor, which enabled her to lead many gospel groups. In 2012, she began as a minister of music for Nu Revelations Church in Oakland. After two years, she began singing as a gospel solo artist for Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church in Oakland. The pastor, Rev. Anthony Jenkins, Sr., immediately recognized Althea’s anointed gifts and appointed her minister of music, director of the church choir and head of the Taylor Music Ministry. Starting as a praise team with just four members, Taylor Anointed Praise (TAP) has blossomed into a diverse group of true worshippers who willingly sing praises to the Lord regardless of musical experience.

With the growth and success of TAP, Althea has expanded the Music Ministry with opportunities for more men and youth to participate in worship. Now, with more ensembles such as the Musical Prodigy Youth Choir, Tapestry Young Adults Choir, and the Taylor Made Men’s Chorus, the Taylor Music Ministry has spiritually and physically grown beyond expectations. Althea has taken the ministry outside of Taylor’s walls and into other churches beyond the Methodist denomination. Also, the ministry has been blessed to perform in larger platforms, such as the Oracle Arena, ministering during games for NBA champions Golden State Warriors and the Harlem Globetrotters. Recently, the choir sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “The Negro National Anthem” as the kick-off for the Warriors’ 2018 Black History Month Celebration.

Althea Battle continues to be an instrument of God’s praise with her wonderful talents and anointed leadership. By combining traditional and contemporary gospel music, Althea creates heavenly harmonies that minister to all of God’s people, regardless of age, ethnicity, culture or denomination.

Taylor Music Ministry Members

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