Take a listen to Chè Sarai's Prinzess Diary 1 mixtape, and you'll quickly find that this rapper likes to go fast. And the truth is, the rapid delivery of her autobiographical rhymes matches well with the Baltimore-based artist's progression in the faith.
Although Chè wasn't raised in the church, once God got ahold of her, it was turbo time as she soaked up every bit of what she could learn about the Lord. And then once she paired that with her lifelong love of hip-hop, it was off to the races.
In rapid progression, we tossed 10 questions to Chè, so we could get to know her, before things speed up even more in her ministry!
Who are you? Tell us about Chè!
I am mother to my amazing 11-year-old son. I am a government employee. I love reading, and doing anything adventurous--being active, exercising, and trying new feats. I've been skydiving and have completed several races. Now I'm looking to do the Spartan Race, maybe this summer.
What's the Christian music scene like in Maryland?
Well, I'm more on the Christian hip-hop scene but I can say there is so much talent in Maryland and the DMV [that's D.C., Maryland, Virginia] as a whole. For the CHH scene in Baltimore, it's genuinely all love between us artists. We support each other 100 percent, just the way Christ would have us to.
You've been making music since you were a tween. At what point did you realize you were called into music ministry?
That's a good question. I wasn't raised in church so I didn't have the understanding of ministry or gifts and purpose until about 21. When I first got saved, I didn't know I could still rap. I thought I had to get a career and live a very straight, boring life, which I wasn't excited about. Then a friend introduced me to Christian hip-hop. At first it was Lavasior then I discovered Bizzle and God Over Money and was like, yea, this is my speed! I can definitely do what they doing.
Describe your sound for people who haven't heard it.
My sound is a very lyrical, a little edgy and street but still very fun to listen to and learn the words to rap along. I get that a lot, people trying to learn all the words!
What did your time learning from the late Bishop Roger and Roslyn Rollins do for your faith? For your artistry?
My time under their shepherding and at Thomas Tabernacle Holiness Church of God really solidified my faith and my walk as a Christian. They would say I caught on quick. I was being fed so well spiritually I never wanted to miss a meal. I knew God was real and that I could never turn away from him. They also gave me my first chances to rap during church services and other church-related events, which was huge for the Holiness circuit. That's where it all started!
Talk about the Heart Nations 16-Bar Challenge. What was it, and what did that mean to you to do so well in it?
Aw man, that was such a good time. I was just honored to be there. I was already a huge fan of Christon Gray, so when I saw he was going to be a judge I just got all the more excited. Doing so well let me know that God was honoring the use of my gift for his Kingdom. It was just another way God was showing me that, "Yea, I gave you this gift, and it's good."
Talk about Prinzess Diary 1. What are the life experiences that went into it? Why this mixtape now?
What didn't go into PD:1? Ha ha! You know, just things I've experienced being so heavily involved in the church the past 10 years. Plus, because I wasn't brought up in it I feel like my perspective on walking with God in general is more relatable to the common person such as myself
This mixtape now because it took forever to get together, ha ha! It should have been sooner, but God's timing, right? I'm just in a good place in my life where I can really yield to how God wants to use me in this industry. I'm finished with school, my son and I don't want for anything and I'm just blessed beyond measure. God is increasing my wealth in the areas of fitness, relationships, personal development, ministry and community influence. I know He's going to use these things to influence my product.
What are you hoping to communicate?
I'm hoping to communicate that no matter what life brings you, how you grew up, where you are from, what you don't have or don't know, God can and will use you to achieve greatness for His purpose. But, you absolutely have to be sold out. That's the only way. Stay the course, do the work it takes to get ahead in your calling and never allow the enemy to convince you that you can do life without God.
What is your calling as best you can tell?
As best as I can tell, my calling is to use my gift of writing music and composing lyrics to empower the next generation to yield to God for His purpose in their lives. There is no greater reward than the pursuit of purpose and no greater gift to God than maxing out on your gift.
How can people be praying for you?
Pray that God continues to speak to me and reveal himself to me through whatever means he chooses. That my son will stay the course of this saved life and that he would make course corrections along the way as he's faced with peer pressure and other things designed to get him out of the Kingdom.
Marcus Hathcock is the Executive Editor of NewReleaseToday.com, a husband to Savannah, father of three and a worship leader living in Boise. He has released an EP, Songs For Tomorrow, and occasionally blogs at mheternal.com.
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