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In honor of Black Music Month, NewsOne presents MY MUSICAL INSPIRATION, where newsmakers and celebrities talk about the artist who most inspires them in their lives and work.

Music is a universal language that binds us all, with many African-American artists serving as an inspiration to individuals in our society that have gone on to do great things. For Rev. Dr. Jamal H. Bryant (pictured) of the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, music is an important fixture within his church and in his personal life. Rev. Bryant named the late and legendary crooner Marvin Gaye as his musical inspiration.

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“I think the artist that’s had the greatest impact on my manhood and my methodology would probably be Marvin Gaye,” shared Dr. Bryant. “When he was in the studio recording the album What’s Going On, Berry Gordy begged him not to do it. But Marvin stuck to his guns. It really is the signature piece of his entire career, far beyond “Sexual Healing.”

When asked what musical artist of today has the potential to carry on Marvin’s vision, Rev. Bryant named Wyclef JeanCommon, Talib Kweli, and even added Nas to his list. “Depending on what moment or mood Nas is in for today, he can go that way or go in the opposite direction,” said Dr. Bryant with a chuckle.

Check out the interview with writer D.L. Chandler and Rev. Dr. Jamal H. Bryant below: