Gospel singer April Nevels is opening up about a dark period in her life. The member of Bishop Jakes female quintet Grace says she attempted to take her own life following a painful divorce.
According to Nevels, in April 2014, in Atlanta, she sang at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ “Woman Thou Art Loosed” conference for the first time as a part of The Potter’s House team.
As she belted “Victorious,” a song chosen for her by Minister of Music Myron Butler, Nevels, formerly of The Nevels Sisters, recalls, “The song meant so much to me because seven years prior I had attempted suicide and I took some pills, and my sister called me right in the middle of me taking the pills and said, ‘What are you doing?’”
Nevels replied, “Nothing, I’m just trying to go to sleep,” attempting to stop her concerned sister from knowing the truth.
But then, her sister responded, “Well, okay. Don’t do nothing stupid.”
At that moment, according to Nevels, she was sure it was a divine intervention.
“Now, I knew that was God. I didn’t want to hear it because I wanted my pain [to be over],” she says during the on-camera interview.
“I had went through a terrible divorce. I just wanted it all to be over,” continues Nevels, who says she knew that was God’s way of telling her, “Put it down!”
Nevels says God saw “my end from the beginning” and knew “where my steps were headed.”