Kaneisha Trott: Faith, those less fortunate NeeCee’s call to serve – and sing

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Performing as a Christian/Gospel singer is one of Kaneisha Trott’s deep passions.

 Kaneisha Trott is a native Sussex Countian, raised in Georgetown.

A 2001 Sussex Central High School graduate, she graduated from the University of Delaware in 2005, majoring in psychology and sociology.

Ms. Trott has been employed at First State Community Action Agency in Georgetown since July of 2009. Her public relations job facilitates her mission to deal with poverty, inequality and desire to help others.

Ms. Trott’s true passion is her Christian faith. She is a member of the Booker Street Church of God in Georgetown, and voices her deep Christian beliefs and values as a singer. Having performed with the church’s Ensemble and other Gospel groups, she soon will be releasing her first solo production.

Here is Ms. Trott’s story.

Why the psychology and sociology education path in college?

“I am very inquisitive, for one. I’ve always considered myself a very good listener. People for whatever reason tend to like to share their life story. I was always that one that always wanted to find the answer, the happy medium … the place of peace. I’ve always been interested in reasons why people do what they do.”

“Growing up in a single parent home, my mother had a college degree, but she faced a lot of various challenges – economically. Even physically, she got hurt on the job and that really put us in a moment of despair, I would say. It was tough as a single mother, and also being an African American. Studying cities and crime … it was like ‘Wow, this is really amazing.’ Being that had it had some personal connections I wanted to know more and I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to understand it enough to know or at least get a sense of how can we change this, because this is not right. This is not how society should be. This is not how our community should be. It’s a problem. What’s the resolution; what’s the solution?”

Was there any particular incident, moment or happening in your childhood that stands out?

“Back in elementary school there was this young girl and she was on crutches; she had sprained her ankle or something. She fell and everyone laughed. I was furious but at that point … I couldn’t really say anything. Then it was probably like two days later when my sister was doing my hair I just burst out crying because I still thought about that. I wanted to say something like, ‘Guys, don’t laugh. This is not fair. This is not right.’ The ones that people look down at, those are the ones that have I always gravitated toward – always. I’ve always wanted to help people. People don’t believe it, but I am a “softee” on the inside.”

Talk about your job and how you got there:

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Kaneisha Trott’s job in public relations and marketing with First State Community Action Agency allows her to help serve those less fortunate.

I came through the Public Allies program, which is really set on developing young leaders in areas of service, and being involved in the community. I was part of that program and part of that is a 10-month apprenticeship. At first I was matched with an organization up in New Castle, while still attending the University of Delaware graduate program. But you know, they say home is where the heart is. My heart is here in Sussex County. I found out they had a matching fair – almost like a job fair. It’s organizations that have partnered with Public Allies. First State; that was the first year they did it. They were looking for someone to assist with public relations. Before I did my research I didn’t recognize the name at first, but in looking and checking them out, I realized that was the same organization that when my mom, our family, fell on hard times and needed some assistance … that was the organization. At the time it was Sussex County (Community Action Agency). I was like ‘Wow.’ I was looking at all of the other things that they did. That is a great organization. That is who I want to be with. I knew I wanted to be a part of Public Allies and I wanted to definitely connect with First State … once I made the connection. So, we did the matching fair. They were my top pick. I was their top pick.”

What do you cherish most about your work?

“I like being the messenger girl, spreading the good news about services that are here to help people in the community that really need it. I think I kind of inherited something. My mom does announcements at my church. She has always been the one to encourage young people and families and tell them, ‘Hey, this place is hiring, or this program and event …’”

How does your faith play into who and what you are?

“I do believe being a Christian is such a big part of who I am. I am as I always say ‘Daddy’s Girl’ … a child of God. We are all God’s children. He loves us. He created us. He wants to see us fulfill the purpose that we have here on this earth. And that is connected to every part, whether I am working here at First State or whatever. I believe I have a purpose. My goal is to fulfill that and to help others along the way. That’s a big part of the Christian faith, the compassion that we show toward others, helping guide people toward hope and toward truth and toward the light – that light being Jesus Christ. Helping people see who they are, especially in the world where people are depressed or they feel so hopeless. They don’t feel like they are anybody. They deal with low self-esteem. They deal with traumatic situations that have caused them to want to just sign out and give up on life. I just want to be that person that will encourage them and help them to see the situation differently and to see that they are somebody; they are someone special, and God loves them. And there is hope through him.”

“I have been blessed. As a young girl in my teens is when I really began to understand my faith even more. That is when it really became real to me, having that experience; experiencing the love of Jesus Christ, and being ministered to. So that is how I try to live my life, doing good to others, shining the light of Jesus Christ, showing people that there is a better way. And Christ is the way; he is the answer.”

What role does singing play in your life?

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Kaneisha Trott – NeeCee to many friends – is embarking on her first solo production as a Gospel singer.

“Being blessed with different gifts in the arts allows me kind of that platform to be able to share that message. I love to sing. It is like my relief. It is my way of connecting with God and connecting with people. I sing with such a passion. I have experienced God in so many ways and I just want to share it. Singing is one of those ways. And I happen to be halfway good at it, I guess. I guess I am pretty decent; they want to hear this raspy, velvety, sultry voice …”

Having performed with groups, you are branching out as a soloist:

“I am working on my first solo recording project which should be released in September/October. In just a few more weeks I will be releasing my first album, my debut album project. Before then, I sang and have been on stage with other gospel recording artists.

Talk about your project (through Joyful Noyze Entertainment of Dover; Carlos Cannon, manager:

“It’s not named yet … it could be Just NeeCee, that’s what I go by. That is my nickname – NeeCee. It’s very uplifting, very soulful, very worshipful. I think there are different songs that will appeal to people of all ages. When it comes out, I encourage people to connect with me on social media – Facebook (Just NeeCee); Twitter, Instagram (Just NeeCee1) and Periscope. We are going to kick-off with a website.”

You were a student/athlete at Sussex Central. Do you still hit the playing field?

“In my mind I think I can still go out there on the softball field, and dive after balls and throw a person out from center-field. Well, not quite. If I do I am going to have to like recuperate for the next four days. I like to play for fun. I have always liked sports. In high school I did a lot of sports, mainly softball and basketball.”

Where might we see Kaneisha Trott, say 10, 15, 20 years from now?

“I definitely see myself traveling, potentially fulltime ministry with singing. Whatever else God is calling me to do. I am not a licensed minister in terms of preaching but I think the call is there. Traveling, probably on some larger platform; that is a passion of mine and something I can see myself doing for the rest of my life – across the globe, wherever they want to hear it.”

“Of course there is that part of me that is still very community oriented. So no matter where I am, whether it is still here in Sussex County or elsewhere, I know that there is going to be a connection to the community. And I can see myself being involved. I don’t say that I would be a leader of a non-profit but I can imagine supporting in a big way. I’ve had dreams of actually starting a non-profit but I don’t know if that is something that I would do. The pieces of the puzzle are still coming together.”

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