Deitrick Haddon is a contemporary gospel artist. He was born May 17th, 1973 and raised in Detroit, Michigan, where he served as pastor and music director at Detroit’s Unity Cathedral of Faith. As the son of Bishop Clarence Haddon and Prophetess Joyce Haddon, he grew up in the church and preached his first sermon at the age of 11.
Emerging from the highly competitive gospel scene in Detroit, Michigan, with its numerous and skillful traditional choirs, Deitrick Haddon has made his mark in progressive gospel styles. Drawing on a range of secular music that extended from classic soul to hip-hop. Haddon made a point of using his music as a ministry to the unchurched. Yet his forward-looking style didn’t involve any compromises when it came to the expression of faith; Haddon’s music is passionate in its devotional spirit and in performance he interspersed his songs with spoken, sermon-like material.
“Lost & Found” was Deitrick Haddon’s breakthrough album. With its funky, partly rapped hit single “Oh Yeah,” Haddon concocted a state-of-the-art, big-beat, hip-hop-influenced sound that still left room for traditional call-and-response between leader and congregation.
The slow, soulful “Sinner’s Prayer” became another hit from Lost & Found, and the album cracked the top ten of Billboard magazine’s gospel albums chart and the top 20 of its contemporary Christian albums chart. Haddon garnered a Grammy award nomination for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album and picked up several of the gospel industry’s Stellar award nominations.