True Dedication, the Rev. Robert Houston has always thought, is necessary for ministry. He began living his dream at an early age. At 15 years old, he served as an organist at the West Pittsburgh C.O.G.I.C. where he was raised in Pittsburgh, California. After playing for various choirs, he began composing songs and later formed the group "True Dedication." Shortly after, he connected with Covenant Records and released his first project, "One Life to Live" which included eight spirit-filled songs written and arranged by Houston. The project produced enough sales for the group to release their second project "Satisfied," featuring a remake of Sly and the Family Stone's "You Can Make It If You Try."
At the Omer Awards, Kansas City's Gospel Awards ceremony, Houston was nominated in four categories - Song of the Year (Moving Up), Best Contemporary Gospel Choir of the Year, Best Producer of the Year, and was awarded the Best Contemporary Gospel CD of the Year (No Turning Back - 2001); (Release Your Faith - 2002); Producer of the Year (Heaven - 2004).
Music ministry includes 47 television appearances including the PTL show, "All Night Sing" in Nashville, Tennessee, and T.V. Talent Hour on networks such as Turner Broadcasting, Pax Broadcasting, and Warner Brothers. In New York, he mesmerized an audience consisting of music publishers, television executives and record producers. The group was chosen to sing in Donnie McClurkin's New Artist Showcase, which included seminars taught by Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Ronald Winans, Frank Breeden and Teresa Hairston.
Houston teamed up with gospel recording artist Dorothy Norwood at a songwriter's workshop in Pensacola, Florida, to teach aspiring singers and musicians some facts about the music business. They also ministered together at the National Baptist Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.
Robert Houston and True Dedication was featured in Dr. Bobby Jones' New Artist Showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The group also ministered in music at the "Together As One" Conference in Rochester, New York, sharing the platform with Luther Barnes and Jimmy Hicks.
Houston teamed up with Bishop Leonard Scott, President and CEO of Tyscot Records, in a city-wide praise and worship workshop. He also shared the platform with Tyscot's Gospel Recording Artist William Becton and Friends at the Kansas City, Kansas Community College, and opened for Dorinda Clark Cole at the AIMS Convention held at the Fountain of Life Outreach Center, Kansas City, Missouri.
The CDs "Never Forget,""Heaven," "Release Your Faith," and "No Turning Back," are considered by many as a spiritual blessing.