Born in England, Jemuel Anderson moved at age four with his family to New York. His interest in piano began as he listened to his older brother, Hopeland, a classical pianist, play. Hopeland encouraged Jemuel's interest and gave lessons to him beginning at age seven. Part of that instruction was a study of classical works. Those years of study influenced and motivated Jemuel, and continue today as a major influence in his life.
Anderson attended Andrews University, where he completed bachelor's degrees in both mathematics and computer science in 1987. While at AU, he began to feel that his real calling was to perform as a Christian keyboard artist. The university sponsored trips and performances by him in the U.S. and overseas for the purpose of recruitment.
Anderson's artistry is a reflection of the music he has heard, from that first exposure to classical music to jazz, blues, gospel, and spirituals. He has been influenced by numerous artists and is comfortable in expressing himself in both traditional and current styles in a music that speaks to audiences with widely varying cultural backgrounds.
His debut album, Songs of Praise, launched his ministry and continues as a popular recording. It is an eclectic mix of classical, gospel and blues music that transcends cultural boundaries. The success of this first album led to travel throughout the United States as well as appearances in London, Madrid, Paris and Canada. He has had the opportunity of opening for Maya Angelou and appearing with Daryl Coley.
Anderson's second album, Lift Up Holy Hands, recorded in 1998, confirmed Jemuel’s talent as a keyboard artist. While performing in Trinidad and Tobago, he met his wife, Joann Anderson. They married in London, their shared birthplace, in 1999.
His most recent recording, A Call to Worship, has been praised for its musicianship and for being his most creative offering yet. Anderson feels it is a testimony of his and his wife's faith, love and adoration for their Maker.
Anderson's music continues to be played on Christian radio stations across the U.S. and on 3ABN Television and The Hope Channel. He was a featured performer at both the 2005 and 2010 General Conference Sessions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in St. Louis and Atlanta. He recently stated,
Lifting up the name of Jesus and bringing praise to His name through music is most rewarding. God has placed a burden in my heart to musically minister to others. I believe that this is my calling. To God be the honor and glory!
Sources: Jemuel Anderson Website, February 2012; Morningsongstore website; Reger Smith, Jr., "In all Directions," Adventist Review, 5 May 2005; PacificPressProfiles.com.