Christian artist Christina Benjamin ‘ready to worship’Written by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian artist Christina Benjamin does not have a plan for her upcoming local performance.
“I’m pretty much go-with-the-flow,” Benjamin said. “You don’t know until you go. … You have to feel for the crowd.”
Benjamin will perform at 6 p.m. April 20 at the Frederick Douglass Community Center on 1001 Indiana Ave. Benjamin was invited by Kathryn Westbrook, who is in charge of the show.
“She wanted to put together a program where we can come in and worship God and share God’s goodness with everyone,” Benjamin said.
Benjamin said she has been in prayer about the event.
“I’m a worshiper so I’m just ready to worship,” she said. “It’s going to be a really nice event. [There’s] really nice talent that’s coming down.”
Benjamin met Westbrook at the Maumee Indoor Theatre during the DVD premiere of the stage play “Boss Lady,” which will be in stores in July. In the production, Benjamin played a music executive, a “no-nonsense type of person,” she said.
Benjamin said the play deals with touchy issues, like drugs and mental illness.
“It challenged me spiritually, physically and emotionally and it also took me to another level as a professional actress,” Benjamin said. “It made me have to dig a little deeper.”
Benjamin said she connected with her character even though their personalities contrast.
“I’m more reserved and peaceful,” Benjamin said. “She’s a man-eater. She doesn’t take any mess. She reminds me of Meryl Streep in ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’”
Benjamin’s acting career led to her singing. Being onstage made her aware of music.
“I didn’t ever think about doing it professionally,” Benjamin said. “I was more of a closet singer.”
Benjamin’s seven-track EP “Pieces of Me” is available on iTunes and Amazon. She is currently working on her debut album, “Battlefield,” which she said she is taking her time with.
“I’m really trying to take my time with this project,” Benjamin said. “I don’t want to rush it.”
Benjamin said she is more confident on “Battlefield,” whereas on “Pieces of Me,” she was “in a place of desperation.”
“I’ve seen where God is really starting to build me up,” she said.
She said she hopes to rerecord “Crying Out,” which appeared on her EP. The song is her cry for the current generation.
Benjamin also spends her time as a mother of three.
“There’s not enough hours in the day,” she said. “I get it done with the help of the Lord.”
For more information, visit christinabenjamin.com. For more information on her upcoming performance, contact the Frederick Douglass Community Center at (419) 244-6722. Benjamin’s debut as an actress can be seen in the Christian-based murder mystery “Affairs,” now available in stores.