Courtland is one of the premiere vocalists in Minneapolis, MN. He possesses an amazing gift of singing. However, what sets him apart is that singing is not just a hobby for him, but rather is his purpose. Courtland established his vocal status in 2005, after joining the Praise and Worship team at his church. Courtland has written music for several gospel recording artists and How Sweet the Sound contestant Jamar Esaw & Triad For Christ. Additionally, he was one of the lead vocalists of the Dove and Stellar award-nominated gospel group Darnell Davis & The Remnant. While singing with this group, Courtland has been featured on the nationally-televised show Bobby Jones Gospel, as well as traveled around the country sharing his gift with the nation. Courtland has been featured with musicians across a variety of genres and has participated in events including singing at the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World National Convention (2010) and The Sonshine Festival (2010). These events drew crowds in the thousands.
In 2015, Courtland decided to step out and curate some concerts alongside his good friend, Lawrence Miles. The two became a dynamic duo that has warmed the hearts of many with their smooth vocal abilities. When you combine Courtland's deep velvet tone with Lawrence's strong piercing tenor register, you experience magic! Their passion is to use their gift of music to uplift and inspire everyone to live their best life today. With multiple sold-out shows in their short collaboration, they’re doing just that!
In 2016, Courtland auditioned for The Voice, a nationally televised vocal competition. He placed within the top 150 contestants out of over 10,000 individuals who auditioned.
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Courtland released his debut EP, The Manifested Promise in June of 2017. The EP was birthed from the scripture Hebrews 6:15, “And so after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” This EP is an introduction to his journey to obtaining the promise. The Manifested Promise EP is available on all digital platforms.
Courtland leads worship at Epiphany Covenant Church, a multiethnic church plant in South Minneapolis. In addition to leading worship, he teaches Concert Choir at Patrick Henry High School, North Community High School, and Franklin Middle School. In the summer of 2019 Courtland founded a Community Youth Choir named Known. Out of 162 youth to audition, 48 were selected. In this short time Known has opened up for Leandria Johnson, Jonathan McReynolds, Vanessa Bell Armstrong & PJ Morton.
“It is very important to me that we train the next generation of singers & songwriters. Music can be very uplifting, a stress reliever, can bring peace, and also bring a community together! Gospel music heals, and it is my hope that through my music, our community can be healed.I hope to empower youth to follow their dreams by teaching them how to find their voice.” - Courtland Pickens
As an artist, Courtland seeks to heal people through his music. He believes that music transcends the exterior and reaches the hearts of people. Additionally, when he sings, the atmosphere changes, the mood is lifted, and listeners are left inspired. Courtland is able to impact so many people due to his sultry and soulful vocal technique. His style isn't forced, but rather hypnotic and soothing.