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    Full-time tour life kicked off for me and my family in April of 2015.


    I’d been doing Christian hip hop music on a more local level since 2002, and had gotten the opportunity to learn and grow in my craft as I worked hard to put out seven albums.


    By October 2014, my wife and I were feeling restless. We’d both finished college and been in the workforce for a couple years, trying to make a living while pursuing our creative dreams on the side. God had been blessing my music ministry and we were often gone several weekends out of the month doing shows throughout the Southwestern United States. It was good, but we wanted more.


    We had the opportunity to do a small tour in the Midwest through an amateur booking agent we’d met online. The actual tour was a total disaster -- canceled shows, outright lies, etc. How God managed to break through all that and whisper in our ears that tour life was for us is beyond me, but He did. My wife Michelle’s background in international missions actually proved a huge help as we began to raise funds, plan a tour, and step out in faith to God’s call.

    It took about six months to get everything ready. Looking back, I have no idea how it all possibly could have come together outside of God’s hand being on everything. We had no idea what we were doing! Sure, we’d toured locally and done shows before, but this was a whole other thing. We had no specific education or background in what we were about to do, but we had lots of background trusting God for daily provision and guidance. It turned out that was all we needed.


    Many of our plans were thwarted. We’d initially thought we’d hook up with a larger tour group along the way, but when that didn’t pan out we learned very quickly on the road how to book and advance our own shows, some of them last-minute.


    One thing never changed -- not because we never wavered, but because God didn’t -- we looked at the music as 100% ministry, so we never charged for shows or CDs. Our living was  (and is) made from voluntary love offerings and donations from people who believed in what we're doing. It’s not a far cry from the Biblical model used by the earliest missionaries like Paul, who came to cities free of charge to minister, and who were provided for by mature believers who were moved by God to give.


    We now have a year’s worth of tour history jam-packed with amazing stories of God’s providence and power, some of which you may hear at shows, via social media, our blog, or Youtube series. Someday if we have time we may write a book or three or ten about it.


    When we set out a year ago we didn’t know much of the “why” behind what we were doing. Now through observation we can see that God has called us to support and partner with churches and community leaders in every part of the United States and beyond who have a heart to reach their areas. This partnership is important, because we’re only able to minister in each place for a short time, but the leaders left behind must continue in that work. However, we can and often do get the opportunity to speak truth into lives, pray with people, even see the power and transformation of salvation. We love those moments.


    God willing, we will continue to live this dream for many years to come. If you are interested in booking us for a youth-centered outreach in your town, please check out our booking page or contact us at

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    Awesome Sauce! | Posted December 07, 2015
    I've had the opportunity to do a couple shows with Erik over the last year and am continually amazed and blessed by what he does! Awesome musician, awesome dude! If you like Christian Hip Hop, you've found your new favorite artist!

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    belisbud (94)
    :) | Posted April 29, 2014
    Refreshing to hear a young Christian rapper, so it's actually safe to listen to the words in this possibly underrated Christian genre. Wish him the best of luck with his music and bringing meaningful lyrics to others!

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    Hello | Posted April 10, 2014
    Hi! I would love to hear more about what you have going on! Also where are your upcoming shows and more?

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    Potential | Posted January 16, 2014
    This guy has great potential! Amazing singing voice, and not a bad rapper either. :)

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    Cool | Posted January 15, 2014
    I found you music on Noisetrade!

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    bull42 (384)
    Hi King | Posted January 07, 2014
    Can't wait to hear your music !!

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    :) | Posted January 04, 2014

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    Great! | Posted October 29, 2012
    If you like HipHop, you will like this music! Check out this free download: King MC - Adore Him feat. Noel Blessings!

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    sharklet (159)
    :) | Posted October 26, 2012
    Good stuff!

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