Allo Mate... What I love about the UK gospel scene is the reality in the music and the ability to relate to people through music. All this without diluting the gospel message! Artists, (me being one of them) may often draw on experiences from life to try and convey a point in a song. As well as the good things in life, they may also draw on the bad things and the struggles of life.My question though, is how real should a gospel artist be in a track? Personally. I love being real. I don’t wanna place myself on such a pedestal that people think im perfect, and that I don’t struggle. Im normal. Some of my rhymes include...
‘If Beyone walks past me, it would be a battle in the mind no to look at her behind’
‘Lord I’ve taken for granted the fact that you’ve risen’
That’s just a personal thing and my approach to music though, and ive found that by doing this I’ve got more people advising me about my struggles, and more people keeping me in their prayers. Most of us have heard about the sagas centred around US rapper ‘Da Truth’ and gospel sensation ‘Tye Tribbett’. I’ve skimmed through their music and there are very few if any, references to some of their struggles. I wonder whether, if they expose
those struggles they would have received more support and advice.
Maybe a song is not the right place to expose struggles and weaknesses because they may put the artist in the firing line, and people may question whether they should be in a position of influence. An example being the reaction to ‘Tonex’.
So my question to YOU is, as long as the GOSPEL MESSAGE IS THE PRIMARY information released in a song, IS IT OK FOR A GOSPEL ARTIST TO BE ‘REAL’
IN A SONG? If so, how real should they be?