LaRue Howard, a Dove Award-winning recording artist from Orlando, will be the featured act at Battery Park on Friday, Nov. 2, the opening night of the upcoming Florida Seafood Festival.

Following the Blessing of the Fleet and the opening ceremonies, an evening of Christian musical entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. with several groups from area churches. They'll perform until 7:45 p.m., and then after a short break, Howard will take the stage at 8:30 p.m.

Carrying the mandate to "Reach The World Through Worship," Howard has been leading thousands in experiencing the presence of God for nearly two decades.

Howard’s journey began very humbly, but she’s now a sought-after worship leader with a strong desire to raise up a generation of bold worshippers. The humble beginnings shaped her heart of compassion for God's people and helped develop her lifestyle of authentic worship.

God uses her powerful, anointed voice to prepare the way for the return of our Savior! With a passionate, purposed roar, she releases worship anthems that declare God’s splendor, ignite faith in His people, and inspire everyone who listens to worship the one true God!

Howard, a Dove Award-winning recording artist, has released four highly acclaimed CDs. Her discography includes three worship albums and one lullaby CD for the Christian parent. She is on the brink of the most monumental moment of her recording career with her new CD, LaRue Live At The River! The project will not only influence and impact the nations through worship, it will testify to her heart for the local assembly.

Howard is currently the worship leader at River of Life Church in Orlando, where she is responsible for leading the 1,100-member congregation weekly into a deeper encounter with God.

Her heart for worshippers all across the globe is evident in her non-profit organization, Worship Leaders Association International, Inc. WLA works to build, equip and empower worship leaders and all facets of music ministry through monthly workshops and training sessions. WLA is active in the Central Florida community and abroad (including Haiti and Germany).

While her credentials are lengthy and her accolades impressive, LaRue considers her greatest accomplishment to be her loving family. She is married to Marvette Howard and they have three wonderful children, DeAhna, Aaron and Parker. LaRue Howard doesn’t take any of her roles lightly. The diligent wife and loving mom says she will continue to work steadfastly in fulfilling her mandate to Reach The World Through Worship!