Her name is Porsche (Chè Sarai) Dorsey, also known as "Chè", an independent Christian Hip-Hop artist from Baltimore, Maryland. Chè has lived with music for most of her life. She wrote her first song at the age of 12 and first rap at 14. She did mainstream hip-hop, until she gave her life to Christ at age 22. She then made the switch from mainstream rap to Christian Hip-Hop.
Chè has already received some accolades. She was featured in the 4th Anniversary edition of Vital Magazine. And she was recently crowned DMV's Female Artist of the Year. Now, the artist is back with the My Jesus project, a six-track EP, accompanied by a book of memoirs. I connected with Chè to talk about music, life in quarantine, and her My Jesus project.
Why write and perform Christian Hip-Hop?
When I initially received Christ, I didn't know Christian rap existed. As a mainstream artist, I prepared myself to quit rap and take up a new hobby after receiving salvation. That is until a friend in the church introduced me to the genre. I then began to search for artists who matched my taste in music. I also thought of a vision of what success would look like in Christian Hip-Hop. Not success for success' sake, but as a marker that I'm fulfilling the call of using my gift for His glory.
What are some of your creative influences?
I laugh when I get asked this question because it's probably not who you'd expect. Michael Jackson was probably my biggest creative influence and continues to be to this day.
Tell us about your latest EP, My Jesus.
The My Jesus project is a six-track EP accompanied by a book of memoirs composed of stories written by me and 15 others. These memoirs highlight the personal relationship side of God, where He meets us whoever we are, wherever we are. I wanted to go beyond the general head knowledge and really dig into the proof of God through the Holy Spirit operating in our lives.
What's been the best and worst part of quarantine for you as an artist?
The best? The slowing down of the daily grind: a break from crashing by 11 pm and popping back up at 4:30 am, only to do it all over again. Being able to work from home and not have to keep up with my son's practices and games on evenings and weekends has truly been a gift. Not to mention the quality time we get to spend and the conversations we now have time to dig into. It's been great.
The worst? Not being able to attend church in person and really feel the power of collective worship. Also, not being able to eat out.
I'll be venturing out to South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Indiana as part of the Extreme Tour July 13th to 24th. I'll also be releasing more singles from the EP.
How can we be praying for you?
Please just pray that the ministry continues to be effective and that it continues to be more than music, but a soundtrack of transformation.
Kevin McNeese started NRT in 2002 and has worked in the industry since 1999 in one form or another. He has been a fan of Christian music since 1991.
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