by Danita White
MOBO and multi-award winning rapper, TV presenter and one of the UK’s top Contemporary Christian Artists discusses “New Era”, his faith, and COVID-19
Share a little bit more about the message behind “New Era”, especially as it relates to the current racial/political tensions in our country today.
“New Era” calls for change in this social climate. No matter what phase we’re at in life, there is always room for improvement. Life is all about learning and unlearning. We must be gracious to others and gracious to ourselves. We shouldn’t be enslaved by our ideologies of the past. Life is constantly evolving and so should we.
How did you connect with KB and Ty Brasel on this track?
Through Instagram! I hit Ty Brasel up saying I loved his work and he said vice versa and we ended up talking about working on a song together. I so happened to have “New Era” done, but was missing a bridge and chorus, I sent it over immediately and he said he liked it. About a month later he sent over his vocals and said ‘Hey, what do you think about getting KB on the song?’ I said ‘Err … let’s do it!’. Ty hit up KB and he said he loved the song. So I took off my second verse to make space for KB and the rest is history.
How does your faith impact the way you see the world and your music?
My faith shapes my world view. As a Christian, I go through life just like any other human being, the only difference is that my outlook is shaped around the principles of Christianity. I’ve performed my songs in non-Christian spaces and they’re always shocked by how good yet wholesome my music is. It’s a privilege to be able to be ‘light’ in the ‘dark’ and have my music go beyond the four walls of the church. Like any musician, I can write about pretty much any subject, but mine will always have an undertone of faith and hope.
What is your creative process like? Has COVID-19 affected that in any way?
My producer has closed the studio down until further notice, which has put a huge spanner in the works, but it’s pushed me to now buy my own home setup and get familiar with music recording software. I’ve managed to knockout quite a few demos for the next albums and be more experimental with my craft. My album should have been out by now, but the whole timeline has been pushed back. On the plus side, it has allowed me to write new songs that will definitely make the album.
In light of all that has gone down so far in 2020, what is one message you want to give to your fans?
We may not know what tomorrow holds, but we know He who holds tomorrow. Tomorrow isn’t promised. Love God, love life, love people. Our identity isn’t found in our possession but in Christ alone. During uncertain times like this, we can lose hope and be filled with fear, but God is our loving father and is ready to listen to us as we cry out to Him with all out fears and concerns.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’. We are so worried about ‘what if it doesn’t work out’, but what if it does!? Fear kills more dreams than failure does. Just do it!
What’s next for you? What can fans look forward to?
More singles and then the album by God’s grace. COVID-19 really messed up my touring schedule, therefore affecting my budget for pretty much everything but Romans 8:28 reminds me that all things work together, so I know God has something great for me on the horizon.