LyleE.Henderson began singing when he was 5 years old, on a chair, in front of a
national church convention audience at a General Assembly Convocation of THE CHURCH OF
THE LIVING GOD. He began his interest in the media as a small child, admiring the anchormen
and newscasters. His pursuit of both only made his music ministry stronger and more committed.
He has performed with such Gospel greats as the late O'Landa Draper, Melvin Williams (of the
legendary Williams Brothers), Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar recording choir, Trin-i-tee-
5-7, Earnest Pugh, Alexis Spight, The Mississippi Mass Choir, New Orleans Gospel Soul
Children, to name a few... He has also performed with such Jazz icons as Terence Blanchard,
Jubilant Sykes, Davell Crawford, and the late Marva Wright.
Lyle studied Mass Communications and Music at Xavier University of Louisiana (c/o ’91) and
began his broadcasting career as an R&B DJ on New Orleans' based FM98 and simultaneously
transitioned to Gospel radio in 1988 as an announcer on WYLD Radio. He was the host of
“Sunday Morning Inspirations” on PraiseFM 94.9 and host/producer of the station’s New
Year’s Eve “Top 10 Countdown” each year (until the station reformatted to country western).
His voice has remained in the New Orleans Gospel community on various voice overs for more
than two decades. In 2007, he joined the DJ staff of Crescent City Radio, the online radio station
owned by Loyola University New Orleans. He is host & producer of “The World of Gospel” – a
Wednesday Gospel music show online, with a rapidly growing audience.
Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-EL have traveled to Italy 4 times for a multi-city Italian tour,
including performances at the world famous Umbria Jazz Festival. Lyle has also performed in
various cities in Switzerland, Canada, Jamaica, and countless cities throughout the USA. His
tenor vocals vary in style and ability ~ ranging from the silvery and classical to the gutsy and
soulful, southern tradition of Gospel church music. His two major influences (Daryl Coley and
the late Mahalia Jackson) are exemplified in his varied styles of vocal performance. Spring 2015
marked their 17th annual performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. While his
volunteer and community involvement and his position as President of Pinnacle Entertainment,
Publishing & Management have made it difficult for him to complete his sophomore CD, he
continues to accept tour, performance and ministry engagements because of his passion for the
message in music. His last rigorous tour to date was The Men In Ministry 15 City Tour.
In 2001, members of the Louisiana and New Orleans media began to dub him as the NEW
ORLEANS PRINCE OF GOSPEL. In December 2009, he was nominated for the coveted 2010
Stellar Award and in 2015, he won the NOLA Gospel Award for “Gospel Announcer of the
Year.” He has also been the honored nominee and recipient of numerous local and regional
awards to recognize his musical achievements. In 2015, he became the host of “Sunday Morning
Gospel,” a 7-hour live Gospel music show on AM 1230 WBOK in New Orleans.
In 2008, Lyle was commissioned by the Disney Animation Film Company to produce and
‘Gospelize’ a Randy Newman song, called “Dig A Little Deeper.” Lyle and his special events
singers, Pinnacle Gospel Choir, are featured in the 2009 release of “The Princess and the Frog”
(film and soundtrack). His latest film involvement to date is “Black & White” produced by
Kevin Costner, starring Mr. Costner and Olivia Spencer.
Prince Lyle is an ordained minister of 24 years, a celebrated New Orleans radio announcer and
Gospel Recording Artist. His title cut from his new CD, “Expectations,” as well as other
recorded songs are available for downloads at iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and other sites. The
“Live At Jazz Fest” CD series is available through jazzfestlive.com and, soon to be, wherever
Gospel music is sold. The new CD project, “Expectations,” from Lyle Henderson & EmmanuEL
is scheduled to be in stores in March, 2016.
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