Standing for Faith, Healing, Abstinence and Purpose
JoAnn Scaife is a survivor. Why? Because of her victory over cancer—twice. She is an entrepreneur—she recently founded "TABA Music Media,” a multi-cultural company that specializes in niche music magazines, artists' product lines and multimedia products. She is a missionary—helping to develop a school for young women in Africa so they could receive quality education and be spared from a life of prostitution. She is an author— releasing a line of devotionals titled "tiny Devotions” Spring of 2011. And she is an artist—currently working on a full–length devotional/inspirational album to be released Fall 2011 internationally. Recent, Director and Collegiate Minister to Fisk University and Tennessee State University for Tennessee Baptist Convention and Talk Show Host of two radio shows. She is an intellectual; she is a visionary; she is a role model for human potential.
In 1994, she became a history-maker being the first African American and African American female to graduate from the School of Religion at the esteemed Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a B.A. in Liberal Arts, a school that once was a slave plantation in its earlier years. Here is where she began to take music, arts, and her faith into today's cultural through multi-media. She has an extensive background (13 years) in music, publishing and media product development. She has hosted and VJ for Christian music shows and developed multi-media product for major companies like Urban Ministries, Inc. the largest independent African American Curriculum Company in the world. Well known for her development of CCM Communications first magazine dedicated to the Urban genre of music, called CCM Urban, a.k.a., "U Magazine”.
She now writes for many music magazines, such as CCM Magazine, Gospel Truth Magazine and Street Chronicles and others across the world, featured in many sharing her testimony of healing, faith, abstinence and purity.
The world may see her as a compulsive overachiever – she has, after all, been described as having "a work ethic that is beyond reproach,” but JoAnn says that it is every person's duty to discover their gifts and talents and then act upon them. "By tapping into your creativity, you begin to discover your purpose for life. The most important thing is to be in touch with the Creator – He helps you discover your purpose and why you where placed here on earth.”
After a trip to Africa in 2004, a greater passion for pursuing her purpose was fueled. "I saw what I truly had because of what they did not have. She was inspired by people who had so little, but had so much because of their "peace in poverty”.
So TABA, which stands for "To an Artist, By an Artist,” broke its own ground and the singer-writer-marketer-creator-minister-entrepreneur-cancer-survivor built TABA's ground floors on a bedrock of sincere desires to lead a company that could expose the "heart-language” of Christian music artists by creating products that speak their message beyond the stage. "I'm in the shoes of an artist, and I understand that the voice/message of an artist is important”. The company is now developing the first ever magazine dedicated to the music entrepreneur called, "M.E. – The Music Entrepreneur”.
Besides putting a megaphone to the hearts of Christian music artists, JoAnn's goals for the future is to strongly proclaim the message of the Gospel through creating, teaching, and preaching the message of Christ through the gifts and talents that she's been granted. But all of her "overachieving” is really about leaving a legacy for generations to come. "I want people to see the breath of God in me and the work that is accomplished. Through all of this, the singing, the writing, the products of the future, all of it…it is for people to see the breath of God and understand how valuable life is at this given moment!” She has a strong stance for purity and abstinence, being that she is a woman of virginity and delivered from cancer. These two truths alone open the door for a strong role model for youth and women of today.
JoAnn is a board member of various organizations: West African Christian Ministries, Project Coordinator for West African Girls Skill Center in Burkina Faso, Gospel Music Association Urban Task Force, Coordinator, GMA Industry Track Committee member, Urban Spokesperson for Wycliffe Bible Translators, Spokesperson for State and National TN Minority Health Campaign for "Health is in Your Hands”, Who's Who Women of America 2000-2001, Urban League of Middle Tennessee.
JoAnn earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree from the Belmont University in 1994. Miss Scaife is a recipient of the Belmont Universities Outstanding Christian Award– an award given to the person with outstanding Christian values exemplified through educational experience and everyday life.
JoAnn Scaife's platform and categories of speaking are singles, abstinence, women, healing, church, career, business corporate, college, youth, missions, music and media.