Neil Pope has been ministering through gospel music since he was 15 years old. Growing up under the wings of artist like Wendy Bagwell, Jan Buckenr, Amy Lambert, and Mike Speck, Neil has been on the gospel music scene since a very young age. Everything he knows about music and performing he attributes to his mentor, the legendary Wendy Bagwell and the Sunliters. Neil says laughing, "Wendell and Little Jan were the biggest influences in my life growing up, when other kids wanted to be fire fighters, or Superman, I wanted to be Wendell Bagwell, with Jan and Jerri singing at my side. Seeing the smiles, joy and laughter that Wendy and the girls brought to the people through encouraging words and songs made me recognize the calling God had placed on my heart to sing." Neil grew up traveling with the Sunliters, and continued traveling with Little Jan Buckner after Wendy Bagwell's death. Neil has embarked on a solo ministry. Other musical influences that Neil has performed with and have led him to create his own style in gospel music include: The Gaithers, The Hoppers, The Pfiefers, Third Day, Phillips Craig and Dean, and John Starnes.
Neil's whole heart and biggest desire is to see lives changed, people reached and souls inspired through the testimones and the songs that heshares in concert. Neil says "The biggest blessing and reward is when people come to me and tell me how GOD has worked in a song that I have written or sang, and because of that they allowed HIM to make a difference in their life. My life's testimony is that no matter what life sends your way, you can always rest in the promise of Mark 11:23-24, GOD IS IN CONTROL! Neil has written over 26 Gospel and Praise and Worship songs.
Neil says "My favorite song that I have written so far is "You're All I Need". I wrote that song suring a very lonely and hurting point in my life. I was on the road, on my way home about 2 AM and God started dealing with me. He gave me the song "You're all I need, when I feel all alone, You're all I need when my faith is almost gone, You're all I need when the storms of life blow strong, when I feel I've lost it all, You're all I need."
God revealed himself to me, and reminded me that He was all I needed. He had my hopes, my dreams, my desires, and everything I neededin His hands. All I need to do is trust Him, and let Him guide me andbe obedient to His will, and in His timing He will work all things for my good. This is the principle that I have focused my ministry around, sharing that there is hope and contentment in trusting God with everything. Letting God guide in every area of our lives, down to the smalles decision is the way to find true happiness and permanent joy.