Martha Munizzi is taking a Tuesday of rest and relaxation in suburban Miami, Florida, but the seven kids with her are keeping her busier than expected as they pass the Disney store.
“They just got ice cream cones,” she says, as we talk via cell phone.
Martha has come down from Orlando to visit her twin sister Mary, who helps pastor a Miami church. She’s watching Mary’s four kids, as well as her own three. Martha’s a busy mom.
Besides being a mother, Martha is also a busy recording artist—and that’s something that keeps her and her husband Dan, who plays keyboards, away from home most weekends as they sing and minister at different churches around the country.
Growing up, Martha’s family traveled and sang southern gospel at several churches. Now Martha’s doing something similar, only this time she’s singing music with a black gospel feel—not bad for a blonde, white woman.
Recently, Martha had the opportunity to record a CD, “The Best Is Yet To Come,” at the world-famous Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. At first, she wasn’t sure how her brand new songs would go over with the crowd. It turned out to be “so incredible,” she says. “It felt like we stepped into something way beyond ourselves.”
“The Best Is Yet To Come” takes Martha’s music, “not just to another level, but to another plateau.” The supernatural anointing was very powerful, according to the singer.
Perhaps one of the reasons Martha’s music was so enhanced was because Israel Houghton had a hand in producing the CD. Both Israel and Martha could be described as people who use music to minister to the very hearts and souls of people. They know what they are supposed to do and do it with confidence. While plenty of artists make praise & worship CDs, few succeed in connecting with a mass audience as well as Israel and Martha do. On “The Best Is Yet To Come,” the pair duet on some of Israel’s famous songs, including “Your Latter Will Be Greater” and “New Season.” It all comes down to the anointing. They’ve got it, and together, they’re powerfully amazing.
When music is anointed, you can sense the presence of the Lord when you hear it. An anointed artist lets God freely use their talents and gifts for His glory. They are open to whatever He wants. Anointed music makes people freely feel their own emotions.
One of Martha’s songs in particular, “I Know The Plans I Have For You,” really connected with the audience. “It had people weeping,” she says. The song has since gone on to connect with thousands of others. Martha says calls flood in when it’s played on the radio.
As an independent artist, Martha has sold over 50,000 units. And her career keeps gaining momentum. The day when she’s as recognized as Kirk Franklin and Darlene Zschech is not far off. In concert, Martha’s music is dynamic, uplifting and powerful. Meanwhile, such notable talents as Karen Clark-Sheard, Vicki Yohe and Ron Kenoly have recorded her songs. Kenoly thinks Martha is one of the most dynamic worship leaders he knows.
“Martha leads worship with power, excitement and authority,” he says. “Her sensitivity in worship helps you to know that she has spent much time in personal prayer and devotion.”
All this singing, songwriting and worship talent is well and good, but what about her heart? She oftentimes doesn’t get a chance to speak about deeper issues.
“That’s why I like to do magazine articles and TV programs like James Robison’s,” she says. “Then I can share more about what God is doing in my life.”
Martha has had some painful experiences in her past, as we all have. Molested as a child by her close relative, Martha used to bite her nails a lot because she had a spirit of anxiety. She says she has since been healed. And despite her parents’ divorce, she is able to see how her own marriage can be stronger. Martha has learned to lean on God in thee midst of tough times. She doesn’t dwell on her pain like too many people often do.
“If I wrote a book, the molestation would be a chapter, not the whole book,” she says. “I’ve talked to others, young girls especially, who have had far worse experiences than I did. My childhood, for the most part, was happy. I had a stable family and lots of love. Now as an adult, if I am lead to share my painful past experiences with people, I love to say, ‘Look what God has done.’ He has been faithful.”
Martha is a gifted artist. Yes, she’s unique because she’s a white woman singing black gospel, but she’s also more than that. She’s a wife, mother, sister, friend, businesswoman, etc. Best of all, she’s someone who knows and loves Jesus.
Martha Munizzi is a woman who knows her purpose, uses her talent for God’s glory and is someone whose CD will bless me, and you too.
For more information, please visit www.marthamunizzi.com.
Mark Weber’s book, “Contemporary Christian Music Makers,” is now available at www.lulu.com/christianmusic; his ezine is at www.ChristianMusicMonthly.com.