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    At just 17, Andy Mineo was living a dream; he had money, local fame and the respect of his peers. But while attending college in NYC, he finally faced the music—neither was the key to life.
    Andy, formerly known as "C-Lite," grew up in a single parent home in Syracuse, New York. Without any positive male figures around, at a young age, he struggled with profanity, submission to authority and physical aggression. With his conduct becoming uncontrollable, Andy was removed from the public school system and placed in behavioral modification centers. But change was on the horizon.
    The summer before entering the 8th grade, Andy attended a Christian camp where his sister served as a counselor.  While there, he heard the gospel preached clearly, cried out in desperation for Jesus to forgive him and experienced “some pretty unforgettable prayer sessions that really rocked [him].” Andy came home with a love in his heart for people that he once hated, and knew he was changed. But, he also came back to no home church, no community, no bible study and no mentors. So, as he rode his spiritual high into the ground and neglected to fan the flame that had begun, his relationship with God was compromised.  His heart wasn’t set on pursuing Christ; instead, music and status had become his focus.
    While in middle school, he began recording in his mom’s house and was buying new pieces of equipment with birthday money. Eventually, he started selling studio time out of his closet; before long, he was a sophomore in high school running a lucrative business out of his mother’s basement recording and producing hundreds of artists in Upstate New York. He had also started a rap group with a few friends that led to a deal with Syracuse University's Marshall Street Records, which gave them the opportunity to open up for the major acts that performed at SU. As a solo MC, Andy became well known in the underground freestyle rap scene for winning battle competitions during high school and his freshman year in college. Adding to his resume, he also excelled in athletics—thriving in football, basketball and lacrosse throughout high school.
    Unfortunately, all of the success and recognition only led him away from God and towards greater sin. Headed for the big lights of New York City to attend college, stardom and rebellion seemed inevitable. But while taking a piano class his freshman year, Andy met Alex Medina (producer of “Background,” “The invasion (Hero)” and many other Reach tracks) who invited him to check out T.R.U.C.E. (an urban ministry that focused on evangelism via performing arts). He soon got connected with others, was discipled and the Lord began to deal with him more deeply concerning sin patterns in his life. After hearing Da Truth's “Price Tag” song, he vowed to shut down his recording studio and never use his gifts to help record music that did not honor God. He lost all his business and income, but he found his new identity in Christ.
    Armed with a new purpose, Andy spent several months traveling with T.R.U.C.E. and sharing the Gospel in some of the most poverty-stricken and drug-infested neighborhoods in the U.S. He went on to release Sin is Wack Vol. 1, which caught the attention of Lecrae and many others. To his credit, he has since been featured on Rehab, Flame’s Captured, Tedashii’s Blacklight, Ambassador’s Stop the Funeral and many other notable projects. While his introduction to a larger audience came through his vocals on Lecrae’s “Background,” and he continues to pen melodic choruses, rapping remains his passion and focus for future projects.
    Entering a new season in his life, Andy decided to drop his stage name, C-Lite, in favor of his birth name; it symbolizes his aim to live out everything off stage that he pours out through his art on stage. He recently graduated from City College of New York and currently serves on the board as a leader of a new church plant in Washington Heights. He is also leading weekly small groups and men’s groups at his apartment, traveling on the weekends to minister and working on his highly anticipated debut album. Once divided in his ambitions, Andy has resolved to love the Lord with all his heart, soul, strength and mind—no compromise.

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    Coo! | Posted May 29, 2015
    Awesome musician. I wrote essay about his music in college) Regards, EvoWriters - visit my website for students.

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    Wow | Posted November 02, 2014
    Like many other people, I first encountered Andy Mineo's music through Lecrae's "Background". Later, I came across his CD "Formerly Known" on Noisetrade and since I recognized his name, I downloaded it. I listened to it a bit, but I'm not usually a rap person, so I didn't pay close attention to it at the time. After I saw him at Lifelight Music Festival in 2012, I went back and listened to the whole CD again and looked up Andy's story. I just have to say WOW. All of the music on that CD is amazing, and the story behind it just makes it so much more special. God bless you, Andy.

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    Love your music........ | Posted August 17, 2014
    Andy Mineo I love your music brother as you minister to others about what God has done in your life please keep him at the top of everything.

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    Awesome! | Posted February 12, 2014
    i saw Andy at the Roadshow this year for the first time! i was instantly a fan! congratz on the Vibe Award too!! vey awesome artist :)

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    Becoming a fan ... | Posted May 01, 2013
    This guy keeps popping up in some of my favorite songs by some of my favorite artists ... I think he's trying to make a fan out of me. ;)

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    Great testimony.... | Posted May 01, 2013
    .....of someone who gave it all up for Christ. (success-wise, that is!)

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    :) | Posted April 28, 2013
    Awesome music, good luck with everything!

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    Amazing | Posted April 27, 2013
    Amazing musician.

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    Andy! | Posted April 26, 2013
    Loved ya in lecares background

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    Great CD! | Posted April 20, 2013
    I have Andy Mineo's CD Formerly Known. It's a great CD! I really like Fools Gold and Let There Be Light.

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