Called to sing
… those are the words that best describe Harlan Burton.
Harlan has established himself in southern Gospel music with
his smooth vocals, sincere delivery and caring personality.
Harlan grew up in small, rural community that would
not even show as a dot on most maps! Harlan loved that
community that he grew up in and he still resides there
today with his wife Gail.
Harlan grew up loving music of all styles and he began
singing in church when he was seven. By the time
Harlan was twelve, he was singing and playing guitar on the
“Rebe Gosdin Show” once or twice a week on WSFA TV
in Montgomery, AL. During the year that Harlan
appeared on this program, the desire to sing was firmly
planted. It has been his heart’s desire to sing since
Harlan also grew up in a Christian home and he joined the
church at an early age. He has been faithful in
attendance his whole life. However, Harlan freely
admits that he didn’t always rely on Jesus Christ the way he
should have. Harlan says, “Even though I went to
church every Sunday, I never learned to lean on Jesus Christ
as I should have. I had not followed 2 Peter 3:18
(growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ).
Everything good that happened, I thought I had done by
myself and done my way. Every thing bad that happened,
I blamed on someone else. In other words, I was a
A couple of Harlan’s favorite songs are “Learning To
Lean” and “One Day AT A Time.” Harlan
has learned, through a few crisis in his life, to turn his
life completely over to Jesus Christ. He has learned
that if he lives life one day at a time, the Lord will use
His Holy Spirit to teach him, guide him and strengthen him
in times of need. Harlan has also learned to praise
God no matter what comes his way in life.
Harlan’s professional music career began in 1967 when he
joined The Tellers Quartet out of Dadeville, AL. He
sang with The Tellers Quartet for eight years before
embarking on a solo ministry.
In 1988, Harlan quit singing and playing music except at his
home church. However, in 1996 Harlan began to feel
that something was missing in his life and he immediately
knew what it was. God had given Harlan a talent and he
was not using the talent to reach out to others in need and
tell them of God’s love. Harlan knew what he had to do
and so he began traveling and singing once again.
Today, Harlan is back on the road singing and sharing God’s
message through song and praise. He has recorded eight
projects since he began traveling again and his latest
project, titled “Walking In The Favor Of God,” has
just been released and is currently available. The
first single from this project will be released in January
on DJ Man Promotions Compilation Disc. With God’s help
and blessing, Harlan’s music ministry continues to expand.
Harlan admits that he did always use his musical talent for
God’s glory. Harlan remains thankful that he
eventually did answer God’s call and he turned his musical
talent over to God and he prays that God will use him as a
witness for Him.
Harlan remains active in his home church where he is the
minister of music, Sunday School Director and a substitute
teacher. The goal of Harlan Burton Music Ministries is
to reach into people’s hearts and to sing a song that will
touch people and stay with them after they leave the
concert. He prays that his songs will help Christians
with their daily Christian walk and will reach the unsaved
and help them to find a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
He wants to reach out to people and give them a blessing.
Harlan says it best when he states, “I do not preach.
God did not give me the talent to preach. But, I truly
believe that a song is a message from God and that the song
can be used to bless His children and to reach the unsaved
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