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Jaye Thomas is a Dove Award-nominated singer/songwriter/worship leader of more than twenty years. His journey begins in the foothills of North Carolina where he was raised in a Christian home as one of 3 siblings. Everyone in his family is musical. His Father sang professionally for 25 years, his mother played the piano and all of his Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins played or sang. In fact, Jaye is the great-nephew of renowned blues legend, the late Nina Simone (Eunice Waymon).

While attending community College Jaye was selected among thousands to the “Brightleaf Music Scholar” program to study short term among the greatest jazz teachers and musicians at Duke University. Upon leaving the scholar program, he went into full-time ministry as a worship pastor at a church in North Florida. It was there that he was encountered by the reality of intercession and wrote and released his first full- length solo album entitled “PRAY”. Though not in print anymore, that album set him on a journey that he hasn’t looked back from.

Today Jaye is a full-time worship leader at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO and travels the world leading, teaching, training and raising up a company of prophetic worshippers. Since 2008 he has recorded /been featured on more than 20 albums on the Forerunner Music Group record label and has written and recorded with artists like Misty Edwards, Cory Asbury, Davy Flowers, Justin Rizzo, Julie Meyer, Audra Lynn (Hardtke) Huff, and many others. Some of his most popular co-writes are “Shekinah”, “Reason to Dance”, “Holy Ghost Party” with Cory Asbury, “Only One”, “Song of Love”, “We Love Your Name” and most recently released his sophomore full-length project “Here is my worship” (Forerunner Music 2014).

When asked what accomplishment makes him most proud, his response is “My family. I have the privilege of being married to Nayomi, my best friend and the love of my life. She pushes me to want to be a great as people think I am at times. And she is the mother of our three incredible children, Mahan, Justice, and Addison. My family is my greatest reward and my accomplishment.”


Chris Tofilon has a B.A. from Wheaton College. After 5 years on the mission field in Mexico, he has been serving at IHOPKC for the past ten years. He has ministered all over the world, plays various instruments and currently serves as a primary worship leader in the Global Prayer Room. He has a passion to train and impart wisdom to singers and musicians in the nations and prepare them for the return of the Lord.

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