Clifford M. Harris is a long time member of the Free Mission Baptist Church. He grew up in the church singing in the choir, reciting poetry and as a teenager, taught the boys Sunday School class. After graduation from Carthage High School, he left to pursue a higher education at Jackson State University. He was a member of the JSU Gospel Choir under the direction of Mr. Raymond I. Johnson. It was there he became interested in becoming a Choir Director. After getting his degree, he returned to Carthage and became active with the Youth Department. During this time, he organized a youth choir, young adult choir and mass choir. He has also been director of the Madison / Leake Fellowship Choir for the last 12 years.