The Biography Of Sandy Florence
Christian Country Artist And Songwriter
Sandy began singing at age 7 during the early 1970's. Her home church, Glory Gospel Assembly of Paterson NJ, had planned a special event for all people to share their talent. It was then when she met Godly men and women, all of Jamaican descent, whom with their wisdom guided her heart in the right direction. Sandy never knew what the future would hold, but the prayers of these saints would also come in handy many years later. Then a music teacher of Wayne, New Jersey desired to launch Sandy into the music world, but God protected her as He had better plans. She grew up in a home to which Christianity was later substituted for religion, and denial of the truth kept her past family from receiving God's best. Sandy suffered from physical and verbal abuse as a child, and the traumatic situation was kept a secret behind a wall of religion. The entrapment of her self image was shattered, and her musical abilities were laid to rest. At the age of 9, Sandy was developing signs of depression. At age 12, in the year 1981, she and her family moved to San Sebastian, Puerto Rico. After graduating high school in 1987, Sandy began her college education at the Inter-American University of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. During the first semester, she experienced a nervous break down contributed to a build up of negative emotions from her past. Unable to finish college, it was a time of great despair until she heard Nicky Cruz's testimony at the most opportune time. He was televised at a live show across the island. Sandy received Christ as her Savior after hearing the powerful testimony of Mr. Cruz. Depression temporarily subsided from her life, but the challenge wasn't quite over yet.
In 1989, Sandy returned to the U.S. She dated her 1st and only boyfriend by the name of Douglas Florence, whom she met at Brookdale Baptist Church of Bloomfield, New Jersey on October 20th, 1991. They married on April 24th, 1993. She leaned on the encouragement and strength of her husband. It was the strength to which Douglas helped his wife move beyond her sorrow. Depression was still a on going issue in Sandy's life as she questioned, "Why hasn't God healed me? Why me?" The answer to all her questions was simply,"A broken heart still needs to mend and heal." Sandy's Challenge to heal began at age 32. God expressed to her the importance of spiritual growth which comes in His wisdom, so she needed to do everything He said. Then He challenged her to begin singing again, and to do it for His glory. In doing so, she would heal, and He would also promise her desire to conceive a family. Sandy accepted the challenge to trust and obey Him. God also encouraged Sandy to contact her paternal grandma, the grandmother to which many family members despised, and superstitiously feared. Witchcraft existed in Sandy's family line from her ancestral time, and it became a generational practice until certain relatives became born again Christians in Christ Jesus. Her Grandmother needed a listening ear, and not rejection. Grandma portrayed hate as her wall of defense against people she knew not to trust. With Sandy's trust, she laid her guard down, and allowed her granddaughter the opportunity to examine her heart. Grandma also filled in the missing pieces of the puzzle in which gossipers could not fill in. Sandy's Grandmother had become a born again Christian a few years prior, but was unable to unload her past pain. The mutual communication between grandaughter and Grandmother was the start of a blessing, for they both began sharing and growing together in their spirit for the Lord.
Another challenge came up, for Sandy and her husband had endured 5 years of infertility. Finally, they received surprising news of her pregnancy when celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary at the State of Vermont. During the pregnancy, Sandy was diagnosed to have a Mitral Valve Regurgitation of the heart, but was not considered serious. Her beautiful healthy daughter was born on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, they held God's promise gift of a child in their arms. The incredible story of her daughter's birth is still to be told. It began either the last few months of Sandy's pregnancy, or shortly before delivery, for her baby girl transferred blood to her Mom from the umbilical cord. Sandy was developing other health issues in which she was not aware of; and the miracle blood transfer kept her safe or from further complications during the delivery. Her daughter was born anemic, but the blessed infant showed no sign of anemia to have fooled the nurses and doctors with her strength. The new born baby seemed normal and healthy, and never needed a blood transfusion. Doctor's were mind boggled with the incredible recovery of their daughter. Sandy's health was then diagnosed, and corrected with the help of chiropractic treatments. If she had waited any longer, her health would have depleted and affected her ability to sing. This would have paralyzed her dream in ministry for the Lord. Genesis 50:20, What the enemy meant for evil, God intended for good. A few years later, on December19,2007, her lovely daughter received Jesus into her heart at a tender age of 3, shortly before her 4th birthday.
It was a step by step process of physical healing for Sandy as she also expressed her testimony in songwriting. She completed her first single release "Sacrifice" in 2007. Then her song was launched to various radio stations by a small organization in Nashville-Tennessee. On January of 2007, Sandy's single release charted at a small Christian Country Chart, and did well on radio. She never toured, never recorded a full album in her entire life, and was certainly not experienced within the music industry. In her physical condition, she still trusted God for His will as He planned her steps towards the making of her 1st album. She professionally recorded 10 songs to have completed a blessed project , and named her 1st album "Sacrifice".
Between the years 2009-2012, it was confirmed of Sandy to have been misdiagnosed twice. Her heart showed no abnormality of a Mitral Valve Regurgitation, and she did not suffer from Bronchial Asthma. Sandy's condition was due to trauma of the muscles and pinched nerves, possibly related to past depression and childhood abuse. Her diaphragm was weak, so the use of her muscles during singing would weaken her body easily. She still plunged forward to do God's plan for her life. In the year 2013, Sandy's health was finally back on track. A recent diagnosis confirmed she had a low immune system for a number of years, but not dangerously low. A simple nutritional regimen and supplements helped boost her immune system back to health. With God by her side, she was able to succeed in her journey. His wisdom has become her greatest gem to bring forth peace, strength, restoration, and favor in her life. Amen!