Estee began his musical journey in New York as a member of the Grammy Award winning Gospel group Hezekiah Walker & the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir in 1985 and still performs with the multiple award-winning singers occasionally. His formal music training and studies began at the world renowned Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. (also known as the FAME school) in Manhattan, New York where he majored in Voice.
In 1996, Estee Bullock received an Entering Student Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music of Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in Music Business and Management and minored in Vocal performance. It wasn’t until 2001 that Estee placed his first nationally recorded song “Let Go, Let God” on the LOVE is LIVE recording by Hezekiah Walker’s Love Fellowship Tabernacle Choir. Things began to switch from solely concentrating on performance to songwriting as well. After working and writing for a few independent projects and at his church, Estee Bullock (along with co-writer Nathan McNair) wrote the mega Gospel choir anthem “Souled Out” for Hezekiah Walker. Which also became Walker’s first #1 Gospel song on Billboard Charts and it maintained that spot for 14 weeks.
As one would imagine, Estee Bullock’s songwriting acclaim lead him to write for other Gospel artists like Shirley Caesar, Maurette Brown-Clark, J. Moss, DeWayne Woods, and Jonathan Nelson.
Charles Clark: Thank you for taking the time brotha!
Estee Bullock: Thanks for asking!
CC: Who is Estee Bullock?
EB: I’m originally from Brooklyn, NY and I’ve been singing and writing since I was a teenager. I started singing gospel professionally with the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir under the leadership of Bishop Hezekiah Walker. Now residing in PA I’m a Husband, Father, Worship Leader, and an Artist out here to inspire everyone within reach of my music. I’ve written for Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Dewayne Woods, Jonathan Nelson and other inspiring artists.
CC: It’s been four years since the release of your last project “Fishermen” (which I still play on the regular btw). What took so long?
EB: Life happens, but with anything I write or a project I create I must be certain its what God wants me to convey, or I’ll feel uncomfortable. Plus the industry has changed a lot in 4 years, so I’ve been around but watching and listening to the pulse of the industry. I’m certain that its time to release what I’ve been holding onto.
CC: Tell me about the new project “For The One I Love” and what prompted you to release this album now?
EB: The title of the album was encouraged by asking God first and also by noticing how the believers are being perceived. We have taken on the reputation of having awesome church and an awesome worship experience, but not so awesome of a display in how we interact with and treat one another. Social media has become the platform for venting frustrations about any and everything amongst believers. However, Jesus said when we display love towards one another people will know that we are his disciples. So this project is not just about vertical love, but horizontal love as well.
CC: What have you learned about yourself in the last four years?
EB: Oh wow great question! I’ve learned that as long as I’m alive and paying attention, that I’ll never stop learning. With each new day I believe there will be an experience or an encounter orchestrated by God to bring me/us closer to understanding our purpose here on earth, that will teach us the fruit of the spirit, and that could also humble us ultimately proving the power and mercy of God working in our lives.
CC: You’re doing something new, you’re releasing FOR THE ONE I LOVE and letting the listeners pick the first single. What lead to that decision? and what’s next for Estee Bullock?
EB: (Disclaimer: I’ve been told…) There are so many people doing things and signing dotted lines to get their music placed on radio. Yet the listeners and consumers aren’t buying music like they use to so it almost makes the compromises made seem worthless. [For The One] has a diverse sound and appeals to a broad audience. So I decided I would release the entire project and let the people pick and post which song they like most. Then based on an audience response my team and I will push their favorite song towards radio. Give the people what they want!