Austin Joyce is an upcoming Christian hip-hop artist from Greenville, South Carolina. In his words, “I make music that encapsulates authenticity, truth, and rawness because I want to bring light to wars that we fight as humans everyday.” His love for music stems from the ability it gives to share a story based on who you are. It is for that reason, Austin creates songs to glorify the Lord on the platform He gave to him.
I spoke with Austin about new music, touring, the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.
Talk about your recent singles, “Struggle” and “Summer Love.”
I have recently released two singles, "Struggle" and "Summer Love." "Struggle" emphasizes the battle we have against the evil one and how easy it is for us to succumb to his will, instead of the will of our Father. We’re called to be set apart from the hateful culture of this world and I can't forget the pure sacrifice Christ made on my behalf. Even though I’m undeserving and fall short, God continues to redeem me.
"Summer Love" sheds light upon the concept of relationships with no end goal. There is so much hurt, depression, and emotional damage that can come from dating for fun or just because the world pushes us to.
The yearning for companionship is real, but we have to intentionally think about why we long for that feeling in the first place. We need to truly understand that temporary relationships don't make us whole, but Christ does, and He is the one that gave us the ability to love.
As a youth leader, what are some of the biggest challenges facing our younger generations?
As a youth leader this past year, I can easily say that this concept of love is one of the toughest challenges for our youth to overcome in this day and age. I have had countless conversations with high schoolers about relationships because it is all that they think about. Another problem is just being present.
Due to our mobile devices and our constant need for stimulation and gratification, we can get caught up in a life we hold online over the person we are in reality. God calls us to bring glory to His name and it can sometimes seem that all our new generation thinks about is fame and bringing attention to their own name.
The past year was long for all of us. What are you taking from this past year into the final half of 2021?
This past year was really tough for me because I lost my dad during the COVID-19 pandemic due to other medical circumstances. It really forced me to think about my passions and what God had in store for me, which is why I started doing music in His honor.
This past year has taught me a lot, but I've learned that true trust and dependence are shown in the worst of times because it exposes who we turn to when we are in the most need. It also taught me that God can use challenges and heartbreak in my life to help me connect and relate with individuals who have experienced the same trials. He has opened so many doors through this ministry and I'm super excited to see what the future holds.
What’s next for you?
I'm planning on doing a mini tour at a later date and am planning on releasing a few singles for the summer to bring more music and content to my portfolio. I really want to get the music to a place that I am able to do it full-time. I aspire to achieve that goal someday.
How can we be praying for you?
Please pray that I am dependent on the Spirit for my writings and music, for continued peace as I live my life without a father, boldness in sharing my life and testimony with those around me, clarity towards next steps in my music journey, and spiritual discipline and continual development of my relationship with the Lord.
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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