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Black History Spotlight: Richard Hartley on Music, Family & Being “The Rev”

Richard “The Rev” Hartley is the founder, pastor and choir master of Haven International Ministries in Queens, NY. For years he traveled the world building and coaching choirs, and working with an “A-List” of artists like Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and more; but now he is home with his family and congregation. Now that may sound normal… but it’s far from it as Reverend Hartley is dealing with his high-spirited yet loving family, pastor his church and using his musical skills to make his church’s choir top notch.

This is how the USA Network show “The Rev” came about. So, our conversation was about his amazing musical journey, an uplifting song done by one of his choirs in Japan and trying to get his grown children out of the house… something many of us can relate to.

Check out our Hilarious Conversation Below


I'm still trying to figure it out too! I'm a child of God that has a lot to say. I've been given a platform on the air to say it but I tend to be a bit lengthy so enter my website. The "confessions" you see on my website are not the gossip kind but rather conversations with artists, authors, speakers and teachers within the faith-based community. Also, my journey has been colorful, rich and sometimes really hard so, I look for answers and respite through writing. My mom wanted me to write a book  and I'm working on that, so bear with me as I fumble my way through. I'm working on balancing my extremely fun work life with my personal life that is filled with challenges these days. I know that God will see me to victory so... welcome to my life. ~Randi

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