Avis Marie Bickham Solo gospel artist Avis Marie Bickham glorifies God’s word with each song. Avis is a recording artist, praise and worship leader, songwriter, composer, ordained minister of the gospel and currently serves as Director of Music at Oasis Christian Church. Avis’ voice reaches all in her ministry and beyond, bringing a message of hope, peace, and love to listeners.
Avis gave her life to the Lord at the age of twelve, from that moment, she knew that her path would be ministering the gospel in song. Afterward, she started singing and playing the piano in her church. Beyond sharing her musical gifts with the church, Avis recorded several CDs, two with her late husband, Kenneth C. Douglas, Sr. They are "Enter In" and "Spirit of Worship." Later, she released “Worship With Avis,” "God Has Broken the Mirror to My Past," "Christmas With Avis," and "It's Christmas Time Again." Avis has completed a new CD, "I Am Sure," which was released in April of 2020.
Avis believes that her ability to walk with God makes her music unique. Her song "I Am Sure" is a song that was inspired by the Holy Ghost after leaving choir rehearsal. Avis was concerned about certain issues going on in her city and in the Body of Christ. God quickly spoke to Avis, saying, “ You may not be sure of what is going on around you but you can rest assured in who I am.” Avis’ work is meant to reach and connect people with God’s love, no matter the religious denomination.
Avis has been awarded the 2020 Rhythm of Gospel Award for CCM Christian Song of the Year for (I Am Sure), 2021 Rhythm of Gospel Award for CCM Christian Song of the Year (I Am Sure) and 2021 Rhythm of Gospel Best Female Artist. Avis has traveled locally and internationally to many churches leading them in praise and worship and conducting praise and worship workshops. Avis has appeared on the Bobby Jones Gospel Show and has traveled to West Africa to be in concert.
Avis is the proud wife of Minister T. Harvey Bickham. They have five children and nine grandchildren. When she is not ministering to others, she is the teacher and owner at Happy Fingers Piano Studio, where she teaches piano to children ranging from age 5 to adults.
Avis future plans, once the pandemic calms, is to travel to various ministries encouraging the Body of Christ through her music and to continue to conduct praise and worship workshops. She also wants to help foster the careers of young gospel artist.