Hip-hop recording artist Gregory Jerome was part of the Easter worship experiences at People’s Church Northwest Oklahoma City on Sunday.
The musician, 37, is known for his socially conscious rap style and dedication to using hip-hop to uplift and educate those around him. He will perform at the 10 and 11:30 a.m. worship experiences at the church, 8512 Northwest Expressway.
He recently performed a set with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic as part of its “Discovery Family Series” program on Black History Month.
During an interview this week with The Oklahoman, the recording artist said he plans to perform “Glory” a song from his upcoming album, on Sunday.
Though he was raised in Texarkana, Ark., he has Oklahoma roots. He was born in Oklahoma City (His real name is Gregory J. Arnold) and graduated from Edmond Santa Fe High School.
The recording artist recently returned to Texarkana to present a week-long course on hip-hop creative writing to high school students there, as part of the “Musical Inspiration Creative Writing Workshop.” During the course, he worked closely with students to help them find their own messages and transform them into hip-hop performances.
He said he knows first hand about transformation and renewal , two powerful themes of the Easter season.
Q: How did you connect with People’s Church?
A: The musical director at People’s Church spoke to me last year at some point. He felt like I would be a good fit for a performance at the church so he basically asked me if I would be interested in making a guest appearance. He contacted me recently about doing this performance for Easter.
Q: What are your thoughts about performing for Easter? You have to know that this will be the church’s biggest crowd of the year.
A: Well, I think it’s a great opportunity. My message is so universal and so is my music so I believe it’s good for other individuals to hear different artists instead of the normal or traditional performances.
Q: Tell me a little bit about the piece that you will perform, “Glory.”
A: The “Glory” piece is actually an Easter program that they put together. It’s basically about resurrection.
Q: When did you decide that you wanted to be a hip-hop artist and express yourself through this type of music?
A: I was about 16 when I first wrote my first rhyme. I was really a challenged kid basically, being raised in a single parent home, no father, I had a lot of frustration and I didn’t know how to deal with that. I had no outlet. I found that I could use the pen and the pad as an outlet to express whatever I had on my mind or on my heart. So it was therapeutic for me and that’s how it really started.
Source: The Oklahoman | Carla Hinton