Nicholas N. Naylor
Nicholas Naylor has been spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through song and testimony since 2005. Beginning in his foundation, Nicholas has maintained his mission to see souls saved, lives changed, and God touch the hearts of thousands for over a decade. He began the organization as a solo ministry after receiving his call to minister the gospel through testimony and song. He began traveling to local churches with his grandparents; eventually involving his father and brother who also played the piano for many local and regional groups. Over the next decade, God allowed him to build the organization from the ground up into what it has become today! Nicholas has been blessed to travel throughout the eastern United States spreading the Gospel through song. Over that time, he has produced nine professional gospel music albums which were played on many radio stations across West Virginia and today nationally.In addition to church services and events, Nicholas is proud to spread the gospel in a variety of venues and events taking the opportunity to minister as God directs.
In 2005, Nicholas was selected along with several other students to partake in the West Virginia All State Chorus in Morgantown, West Virginia. It was on the stage of the WVU Creative Arts Center that God laid the calling of gospel music evangelism upon his heart. The foundation was set and Nicholas in conjunction with his grandparents Mike & Miriam Naylor began Nicholas Naylor Ministries traveling throughout West Virginia ministering the gospel through song. By 2006, Nicholas recorded his first CD “Growing in the Lord,” becoming a great success.
During this time, Nicholas was fortunate to have a second music educator who continued to expand his growth and knowledge through marching and concert band. Nicholas learned to play his dad’s trombone under the guidance of Director. Keven Miller at Elkview Middle School. Mr. Miller not only taught him music, but also taught compassion and excellence which have been instrumental skills in his life. In 2007, Nicholas entered the National Quartet Convention Solo Competition placing 12th of 67 contestants overall. That same year his second CD “Another Mile,” was introduced. In 2008, Nicholas went to live with his grandparents in preparation for high school, as well as the ability to travel more frequently with his music ministry. The album “Rescue the Perishing,” was also released. In 2009, Nicholas began a new journey at Capital High School, Kanawha County’s magnet school for performing arts. It was there He was able to further his vocal technique and experience numerous opportunities through Kathleen Corbett the vocal music chair and director of the award winning showchior “Voices in Perfection.” Nicholas was also part of the vocal ensemble group and performed lead roles in several musical’s including All shook up, Fame, Camp Rock, and 42nd Street. Additionally, he was very fortunate to study private voice under Roger Lucas. Nicholas was blessed to attend the Steve Hurst School of Music held on the campus of Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN furthering his gospel music knowledge in singing, evangelism and other critical fields of the industry.
Nicholas was honored in 2010 to sing the national anthem for the inauguration of West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. He also auditioned and was selected to attend the West Virginia Governors School for the Arts as a vocal music major at West Liberty University. Later that year “Tribute,” was recorded in honor of his father who died in may of 2010. In 2011, Nicholas created the first ever Christmas Faith Tour, which spread into a two year run of performing Christmas concerts and parades during the Christmas season. This tour also led to the CD “Christmas Faith.” In 2012, Nicholas lost his mother and grandfather. This changed his journey as God showed him that through tragedy there is a way to help others. In 2015, Nicholas was joined by long time friend Dominique Sears creating a duet style group in anticipation of one day finding a third part for Nicholas Naylor Trio.
By 2016, the creation of Nicholas Naylor Trio was established. In 2017, current trio artist’s Terri Taylor and Kaye Parks joined the group in which traveled until September of 2018. During this time, God placed it upon his heart to further his calling in evangelism as well as to extend his gospel music ministry into the Naylor Network Evangelistic Association. In that time Nicholas founded The West Virginia Gospel Music Festival and the NNEA Crisis Deployment Team. Nicholas Naylor is part of the Naylor Network Evangelistic Association which is responsible for other ministries overseen by members. The organization has been responsible for the “Nicholas Naylor - Christmas Faith Tour,” “West Virginia Gospel Music Festival,” “Naylor Concert Series,” and “Pinch Reunion Gospel Music Jubilee.” Each member is proud to serve on committees that oversee these events spreading and promoting the Gospel in a variety of settings.
In 2017, Nicholas noticed that growth was limited for him in West Virginia and God placed it upon his heart to consider moving to Raleigh, NC. Nicholas applied to Wake County EMS in August and was hired after completing many vigorous tests and interviews. He moved to North Carolina beginning EMS Academy 24 in November 2017. In February 2018, he graduated and by March became a functioning provider in the Wake EMS System. He then went on to become a Paramedic graduating from Johnston Community College and the Wake County EMS Academy 29 and today is a Paramedic serving the citizens of Wake County, North Carolina where he resides with his dog Willi. In the same year, he released his first solo tour and CD since 2015 entitled “Declaration.” 2019 brought many changes including the final year for Nicholas Naylor & Declaration Trio. The group made many milestones, but would soon find out that God would pull each of the members in opposite directions. As 2019 came to a close, that portion of the ministry faded and Nicholas remained in a phase of waiting.
As 2020 arrived, God made it clear that Nicholas would return to solo singing ministry with the staff of NNEA behind him. God has given numerous blessings in this new age of music including the release of “Overcome,” and the Nicholas Naylor “Overcome Tour 2020.” Nicholas has now gained appointments across the eastern, central and mid-western United States and looks forward to going further as God prepares him for what ever may be ahead. Over the past decade, God has been faithful in his life showing that in happiness or heartache, God is always a step ahead and is always faithful. Today, Nicholas is proud to be the Executive Director of NNEA and hopes that each day is an opportunity to make a difference in someones life. He looks forward to worshiping with you and sharing the message of Jesus Christ through song!