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Should Christians Make Secular Music? A Conversation w/ Jam The Hype & The Founder of ArtSoul Radio

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Exploring ideas of creativity, faith and influence in culture.

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ArtSoul Radio’s founder Tamara Young was recently featured in a conversation with the newly revamped platform Jam The Hype. They discussed several controversial topics in the church…

“Should Christians do secular music?”
“How can we really influence culture as Christian artists?”
“How real can we really be as an artist in Christian music (Gospel Music & CHH)?”

Previously a platform that focused on promoting CHH artists, Jam The Hype’s new focus has shifted to now focus on developing urban leaders within the artist community so they can effectively influence urban youth culture to live transformed lives by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

As an advocate for creatives and the founder of two creative platforms, Tamara Young carries a strong passion for the promotion, development and guidance of creatives. Not only is she the founder of this platform ArtSoul Radio, but she is also the lead Founder of the ArtSoul Creatives Network which is a network that is designed to give creatives access to community and exclusive resources & benefits that will help them thrive.

In the video below, she speaks to the truth of many artists often believing that they need to choose between their creativity and their faith. In today’s controversial talk, she poses the question “Would artists need to choose if they knew they could do both in a way that still honors their faith?” This question which led to many other questions and ideals such as secularism, human expression, and more set the stage for a great conversation between her and the hosts of Jam The Hype. This has been an ongoing topic among creatives in faith based communities. Tune in below as they tackle these issues and as always leave your comments!

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Jam The Hype now exists to develop urban leaders within the artist community, so that together we can effectively influence urban youth culture to live transformed lives by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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For those who have followed Jam The Hype over the years, you may have noticed that the platform has changed. Previously a space for promoting Christian hip hop artists, it is now a space for development. Under the umbrella of Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI), the Jam The Hype platform now exists to develop urban leaders within the artist community, so that together they can effectively influence urban youth culture to live transformed lives by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Our desire is to take our under-developed artists and creators and provide them the tools, information, and motivation to become Godly urban leaders first and artists second. We want to walk the journey with these artists much like and Artist & Repertoire would do with new artists at record labels. This transformation will be led by a new video podcast series created by our new JTH Senior Content Editor, George Moss.”

ArtSoul Radio is a 24/7, online Christian Radio Station and Entertainment news site promoting new and diverse sounds in Christian music! We highlight both indie and mainstream artists in Contemporary Gospel, Pop, Soul, Hip-Hop, Alternative, and Spoken Word Poetry.

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We Celebrate Chadwick Boseman For Sharing His Gift of Story-Telling At Its Finest

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Yesterday we all received the surprising news that Chadwick Boseman passed away at only 43 years old. He left behind his wife who he secretly married in 2019. She was his long time love as they dated for nearly 6 years prior to their wedding last year. She was by his side from the time of his diagnosis throughout his battle with cancer. Chadwick passed with her and his family by his side. Our prayers are with his wife, his family and friends. Today we are remembering Chadwick Boseman and celebrating him for his work.

Like most pursuing anything in the entertainment world, Chadwick’s career didn’t begin overnight. His film work spans from 2003 – 2020. Like many, he pressed through a line of rejection and obstacles to get where he was in his career. But, he couldn’t do it alone. This Howard University alumni credits Denzel Washington who later paid for Chadwick to attend Oxford to study acting for being a major help in his career.

CHADWICK CREDITS DENZEL WASHINGTON FOR PUSHING HIS CAREER FORWARD

In 2019, Boseman spoke at the American Film Institute dinner where he was able to honor Denzel Washington with a lifetime achievement award. He shared the story of receiving Denzel’s help for school during his speech and thanked him saying, “There is no Black Panther without Denzel Washington.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine Chadwick shared more of that story. Apparently, while attending Howard, his teacher Phylicia Rashad originally encouraged Chadwick to attend Oxford in the UK during a summer program. While he and friends were accepted to the program, they couldn’t afford to go. “That’s when Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, stepped in and ‘essentially got some celebrity friends to pay for us to go,” says Chadwick.

Chadwick went on to portray some of the biggest Black ICONs our world has seen and in the process showed us “story-telling” at its finest! Those roles include Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall and the Black Panther where he made history in the world of Marvel super heroes bringing world wide inspiration and a new image of a Black superhero for the world to see.

CHADWICK’S MOST POPULAR MOVIE ROLES
While Chadwick’s most known roles were filmed in 2013, his career spanned from 2003 – 2020. View a full listing of his film contributions here. Scroll down to see highlights from several of his most known roles:

BLACK PANTHER


“42” (The Story of Jackie Robinson)


“THURGOOD MARSHALL”


“GET ON UP” (The Story of James Brown)


“CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR”

“AVENGERS INFINITY WAR”

View a full listing of Chadwick’s film contributions here.

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K-Ci of R&B Group Jodeci Shares Near Death Experience & How His Faith Helped Him Recover

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After years of battling his addiction, he finally committed to his sobriety. He was on his way to living a healthier lifestyle and getting his career in music back on track… until an unexpected stroke in the brain left him fighting for his life.

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K-Ci is half of the popular duo K-Cei and JoJo of the R&B band Jodeci. Together, these two rose to fame in the worldwide multi-platinum selling group. But, throughout all of his success, K-Ci was consistently battling the dark side of addition to alcohol. This desease took front seat as the accolades from his career faded away. After years of battling his addiction, he finally committed to his sobriety. He was on his way to living a healthier lifestyle and getting his career in music back on track… until an unexpected stroke in the brain had him fighting for his life.

The doctor’s prognosis was not promising. He was told that it could be at least 6 months before he could walk or speak, and it was unlikely that he could return to his normal life and career. With this news, he feared that he might not ever be able to record or perform music again.

K-Ci recently showed us that he has officially been back in the studio recording music again! On July 31st, he released his latest music single “Jesus Saves”!

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VIDEO: “Jesus Saves” By K-Ci of Jodeci

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Gospel Artist Keyondra Lockett Talks New Music, New Business & The Importance of Black Ownership

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We had a chance to catch up with the amazing gospel recording artist Keondra Lockett and ask her about her musical journey, her response to the pandemic and its affects on the industry and what’s coming up next in her career.

ARTSOUL: Keyondra, you are such a force to be reckoned with–a powerhouse vocalist, skillful writer and a positive role model for young girls of color! Was this always your dream? How did you get your start in the industry?

KEYONDRA: Thank you so much! Honestly, things just progressed into where they are now. My life really confirms the scripture that says “For I know the plans I have for you” says the LORD (Jeremiah 29:11). My start in music was with 2x Stellar Award Nominee and female gospel group, Zie’l.

ARTSOUL: Who have your influences been for songwriting and your singing style?

KEYONDRA: My top 5 vocal inspirations are: Karen Clark Sheard, Kim Burrell, Miley Cyrus, Brandy, and Billie Holiday. Everything I write is from my experiences so I’d like to say, I influence myself in songwriting.

ARTSOUL: Many young artists often struggle with deciding which genre of music to pursue. Did you experience this struggle or did you always know you wanted to be a gospel artist?

KEYONDRA: My mom wouldn’t go for me singing secular music lol. But the healthy alternative, to me anyways, was urban gospel music. It’s always been my favorite type of gospel music. But truly, I’ve only wanted to sing gospel music. I felt it was part of my purpose. That may be deep for some, but that’s real.

ARTSOUL: You released your amazing song “Trouble Won’t Last” right at the start of the pandemic. The lyrics and melodic production instantly bring the listener to a place of refreshing in the midst of such a scary time. What was your vision for this song? How has music helped you during the effects of COVID-19?

KEYONDRA: What’s crazy is that I wrote that song as a testimony of God healing me vocally, that was the vision. But of course, it speaks to all troubles. The music most definitely came at the right time. Happily and sadly, TWL has pushed and propelled me as an artist but it troubles me at times how my success in this moment feeds off the woes of this world issue. But I’m so grateful that it’s encouraging the body and touching so many lives. That’s what music should do, it’s really helped me during this time to be pointed to God. Gospel music that is.

ARTSOUL: Speaking of COVID-19, so many artists have been struggling to stay creative with so many live events canceled. What’s been some of your favorite ways to stay creative and in touch in community during nationwide shut-downs?

KEYONDRA: I’ve always been taught to have many irons on the fire. So where my creativity may not be as seen or felt musically right now, I have other things like being an entrepreneur that keep me busy. My company that I share with my sister and mom, Jolie Noire, is an elevated leisure wear line. It keeps me going none stop. Pre pandemic, I was working on my EP coming soon.

ARTSOUL: We continue to celebrate your amazing accomplishment of a toy doll deal with The Kenya Doll brand in 2016! In light of the crucial racial climate in America today, what have you been doing to reinforce that black girl empowerment we’ve come to expect from you? Have you found it challenging being a black woman in this industry? If so, what have you done to maintain a positive outlook?

KEYONDRA: My brand, Jolie Noire which means Pretty Black in French, is in existence to affirm and validate black girls and women. So yes, I’m certainly reinforcing black girl empowerment. Will never stop that. It can be very challenging but knowing of the customers love and support keeps us going. That work isn’t music related but it’s yet apart of who I am.

In music, we see many other races celebrated and lifted based on color alone, and given the opportunity to soar. It’s really interesting but, I see with consistency and drive and maybe taking a bit longer, that it’s not necessarily people that keep your boat going. It’s God through you. That’s my positive outlook.

ARTSOUL: There has been a very controversial discussion going on regarding “cancel culture.” As a public figure and believer, what are your thoughts on this strategy? Do you think there is an effective way to deal with injustices done and mistakes made by people in the public eye?

KEYONDRA: The cancel culture has a spirit of the “I AM God” complex resting heavily on it! “I said it, and I ain’t taking it back” -Nene Leaks Lol It’s so true though. For a human to feel they have that much power to end a person, suggests a lot about that individual. If you feel the need to not support a celebrity or public figure etc. based on something they’ve done, just don’t support them. But to round up all the troops, if you will, and destroy that person and no mercy be given, is just wrong. I believe in righteously judging a matter, but I also believe in giving a couple chances too. That’s what God does.

ARTSOUL: Looking ahead to your upcoming projects, what artists/producers are you looking forward to collaborating with one day? Is there a different style you’d ever consider trying if you have the opportunity to experiment?

KEYONDRA: I have had the opportunity to experiment with country sounds. I’ve been in talks with an amazing producer friend about doing a gospel country album. So, think my Billboard Top 15 single Try to the 10th power on an album. That’s my country music style. I’d love to collaborate with PJ Morton one day. His approach to music/songwriting is dope.

ARTSOUL: What can we expect to see/hear from you coming up?

KEYONDRA: I have an EP that I’m getting prepped and ready to release called Cornerstone and a collaboration with 112’s Q Parker set to release later this year. I’m excited for you guys to hear it!

Find out more about Keyondra Lockett and everything she’s creating at https://www.keyondralockett.com.

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