Raised in the small town of Earth, Texas, 5ive became aquainted with drugs at a young age. At the age of 13 he got saved at a disciple now event in Littlefield Texas, but a couple years later he began to backslide. He struggled with addiction to marajuana, and cocaine through out his teenage years.
By the time he was in his twenties, he was addicted to crack cocaine and had been in and out of jail on drug charges. While serving a 180 day sentence, he made a vow to God that he would not smoke anymore marijuana when he was released. Upon his release he did try and smoke but evertytime he would try the guilt would be more than he could bare, so he did not smoke anymore marijuana. But he did get back to doing cocaine and crack cocaine. He struggled with this addiction for about three years, and then it elevated once again to crystal meth.
While on crystal meth one night, God began to deal with him through his addiction. That night he was arrested and takin to jail where he realized that God was calling him. He also realized that he was not even a man. Eventhough he knew God was calling him, he continued to run for another month, and for that entire month he was litterally up the whole time on crystal meth.
One night while he was up high on meth the Lord began to show him some things, and the next morning as he was watching a Praise-a-thon on television the man on the screen literally began to talk to him, and that is when he knew he needed Jesus in his life so he called on the name of Jesus and him and his wife surrendered their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ on Nov. 7th 2010.
Ever since then he has been going hard for the Lord, preaching sermons, and doing outreaches with his minstry family James and Castillo ministries, which does the I'm On Fire Events. Then God connected him with Jesse Lopez of the The Bridge Ministries where they created the TBM Squad and where Craig James took on the name 5ive which is the biblical number for grace. And now they minister through rap music which they call God Music.
Shortly after the release of his debut Album "Amazin" was released Craig was introduced to Ryan "Gritty" Vestal the founder of Rep Tha King Ministries and they quickly formed a bond and it was long before Ryan asked Craig to come partner with him at Rep Tha King. After much prayer and counsel Craig and his wife Tiffany felt that the Lord was leading them to leave Tha Bridge Ministries and join Rep Tha King.
Ever since then the Lord has been opening up door after door for the their ministry!!!!!!!! It's been a year and a half since that decision and the obedience to the Lord has really been a blessing. Craig has toured all over the U.S. sharing his story of addiction, redemption, and Salvation. Craig is currently working on his sophomore album entitled "Ignition" and he believes that the Lord is really gone show out through him on this album!!!!!!
Great Dude| Posted September 29, 2014
I Personally know 5ive. I've talked to him on the phone many times and this guy is great. I love his passion for music and I absolutely love his passion for The Lord. When I tell you this guy loves The Lord he really does. His music is amazing and I suggest you check him out ASAP!
Best of Luck| Posted July 29, 2014
Talented rapper and perhaps even more talented singer. I enjoyed "Do You Believe in Love" best.
Overall his lyrics are a bit urban for my personal taste in music- but I hope that very thing, the realness of his darker past, will allow his music to touch and inspire others with a similar present to follow in his footsteps and achieve for themselves a similiarly brighter future!