Sherlock signs to OmniGod Music Group

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Sherlock signs to OmniGod Music Group

First of all I would like to congratulate one of my close brothers in Christ and Artist Jonny Sherlock as he is now officially signed to OmniGod Music!!! 

Did I hear a cheer?! Or even better, an Amen?!!

Sherlock grew up in a place called "Fleetwood Town" in England. I first met him at a Church event and soon discovered his passion for music... particularly Christian Hip Hop also known as CHH. I had the privilege also to work in the same warehouse so we became very close friends. We used to work in a Freezer picking food orders for customers all over the UK.

Sherlock used to spend a lot of time writing lyrics and rapping. In fact he had this amazing ability to balance work with his music. One day he was missing for one hour during work and everyone was looking for him. We eventually found him in the warm up room for the freezer staff with an old dirty piece of card board leaning against the wall.

His lyrics were written on it and his phone was playing some instrumental through on repeat while he rapped over it. You can imagine the workers reaction, can't you? They certainly weren't happy for his absence during a busy Monday but Jonny had finished what he needed to do in his job and used up the rest of the time creating music.

Didn't Jesus leave his parents only to be found later on in the temple?

Luke 2:44-50 Jesus was also absent... His mother and father were "Anxiously Waiting..." His reply when questioned was "Didn't you know i had to be in my Fathers house??" Meaning, I'm doing my Fathers Business."

That is also Sherlock's heart of wanting to do the Fathers Business!!

You could say the freezer warm up room was his booth. Some mocked and hated on him as all they could hear around the warehouse was Sherlock's art echoing. The mocking and hatred only drove him deeper into his music. Even his own Church pastor ridiculed him in front of the whole Church because of his HOGMOB tattoos, fitted caps, and Art.

He invited me to his community house after work one day. We had both been writing lyrics and creating our own tracks. We recorded 3 tracks. At the time we used to write together and correct each others lyrics. After one hour of recording we decided to upload it on "Sacred Apparel" Mixtapes. I then recognized Jonnys heart and passion to get his music out there. Especially his heart to reach the youth who are lost and most of all his old friends in Fleetwood.

It wasn't long until Sherlock moved out of the Community House where he was staying. The constant pressure of trying to squeeze the structure of church and music into his lifestyle was too much. It almost felt to him like he was being forced into a box or treated like David before he went to defeat Goliath, how Saul tried to give him his own Armor to wear in 1 Samuel 17:38-40. So Sherlock decided to move with his mother and step father in Fleetwood. Trials and temptations were Sherlock's battleground and he got caught up in drugs and drinks, but always was hanging onto the hem of Jesus garment. The desert place was a few year until that breakthrough came.

I was in constant contact with Jonny and heard about his struggles. The humiliation of having to try or squeeze into something that wasn't him left him and to meet peoples expectations made him empty inside.  

It wasn't long before he became a promotional Artist at OmniGod Music his first album 'From the heart' expressed his heartache and transparency and is definitely one of the most real albums that I heard.

This project was mainly worked on during his job at the warehouse and his time throughout community living. While working on this album he was soon given the position as a General for the UK for HOGMOB Music. After speaking with Artists like K Roc, I.C Jonez, and Sevin his heart for the Gospel to be channelled through his music was recognized.

On 11/1/18, Sherlock travelled to America where he connected with Blayne (OmniGod Artist) who featured different songs on his mixtape. 

He also connected with Jason (OmniGod Music) who supported him throughout his stay. There, he met with Joseph McSweeney(Aka Pyrexx), ASAP Preach and other incredibly talented Artists. While in Texas, he and Blayne along with a few other from OmniGod Music made a dope song and video to follow shot by ASAP Preach of LowLight Filmz!!

 
 

In March of 2018, Sherlock officially became the first signed artist to OmniGod Music Group and is currently working on his debut EP, "8 Tracks and 808's." Keep your eyes peeled and prepare your heart for it!! 

We at OmniGod Music thank God for the work he's done through Sherlock. We are privileged to have him on board. We look forward to working with Sherlock and being a part of his Global growth through the message of Hip Hop. May God be glorified through his music and may hearts and lives be transformed in Christ.

 

Mark is Operations Supervisor and British Bulldog of a writer for OmniGod Music.

 
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"3G" by Salt of Tha Earth

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"3G" by Salt of Tha Earth

"3G," by Salt of Tha Earth is an album with a purpose. The 3G's in the title stand for: God, Growing, and Grinding. The songs play in that order. Salt came with some fire on this as well as a message.

With God being first on the list song number one, "Nothin But the Blood," speaks about God interceding in Salt of The Earths life. He gives God the glory and proves that the blood of Christ is just as powerful as the Word speaks. He also touches on suicide which was prevented by God. A fate that was not meant to be.

Growing which is second on the list is heard in "Dangerous Ground" the number two track on the album. It speaks of the dangers of being lukewarm, stagnant, and stuck in the middle. Salt of Tha Earth then states in the song, "You Can't Play Both Sides, You Either With it or You Aint." He encourages his listeners to keep growing instead of being stuck. This is an all to familiar place that we need to grow out of.

Grinding as last but not least is heard in the third song on the album. "Never Gave Up" is a song that proves what grinding can do for you. The song speaks on the hardships of grinding in this walk with Christ.  "Been through the fire, never giving up during the storm."

Throughout all this we are left with Perseverance, Consistency, Humility, Loyalty, Hard Work and Praising through all circumstances. If you ask me this is a recipe for success.

 
 
 

Phillip "Philly" Rosas is Executive Writer for OmniGod Music.

 
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"Dear Gracie" by Freddie Lopez

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"Dear Gracie" by Freddie Lopez

First of all, praise is due to God for His mercy and healing.

Freddie Lopez came to me for a review to his single "Dear Gracie" featuring Monica Hill Trejo that he wrote for his daughter Gracie. As a father myself I can’t imagine his heart ache during the time his daughter was sick. Being a friend and brother my heart was with him as were the hearts of his other friends and family.

"Dear Gracie" is a transparent heart felt song. In this track Freddie and Monica, whom I have heard sing on countless tracks, have a sense of praise. In the midst of all the pain and prayer Freddie found it in himself to go to God and give it all to Him. You didn’t have to look far to see that Gracie endured more than pain through the flu.

Watching the news you could see it wasn’t just a normal cold. At 2 years old Gracie's lungs collapsed. She had the first of numerous surgeries, multiple IV's and was placed on life support for the better part of a month or more. Gracie was being watched by doctors, nurses and God . With prayers from everyone, hope for Gracie's recovery was never out of sight.

Her family spent days and nights by her side at Primary Children's Hospital keeping us all updated. Facing the image of  their daughter on life support after complications from Flu and Pneumonia their faith was not rocked.

This is even more apparent on this track. A praise filled song to God. Freddie and Monica paint a perfect picture of what it is to be faithful and confident in God's will for His children through the storm. This testimony is far from over. Gracie's story hasn’t ended with a song or even this review. She continues to live on.

"Dear Gracie" should be an anthem for all who endure the storm to survive and speak praises to God. We love and are so supportive of this family. Our prayers are always with them and OmniGod will always be here for them.

 
 
 

Phillip "Philly" Rosas is Executive Writer for OmniGod Music.

 
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Mama Prayn'

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Mama Prayn'

Ever wished there were more dope rap songs that you could send to your Mama? I know I have.

My Mama has always been my rock, and has been praying for me well before I met Jesus and made the decision to walk with Him. It's because of my Mama's prayers that I am even alive still today. And I am sure Trip C Tha Block Bishop and Daz Dillinger would agree.

The two have teamed up with Will Gatlin to create one seriously dope track that shows great appreciation for their Mama's prayers!!

Daz went in and did what he has always been known to do best... Trip C is one of my top artists and I must say, his flow matched the beat perfect and I'm sure his Mama is proud!! Will Gatlin is the man, so it's no surprise that he outdid himself as well.

To all the Mama's out there, we thank YOU from the bottom of our hearts for your continued prayers!! Your crown is waiting on you in the Kingdom of Heaven and it is well deserved!! 

WE LOVE YOU MAMA!!!!

 
 
 

MadeSacred is President of OmniGod Music.

 
 

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CHH?!

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CHH?!

Christian Hip Hop, also known as CHH is what we are looking at today! If you are asking yourself "why the stigma behind this certain subject?", you should probably come to a conclusion that the answer to that question is not one to be assumed or brushed away. The truth is, there isn't an officially professional answer. There is a debatable discussion in between the lines of the so called "stigma." I took it upon myself to really dig deeper, not because I want to judge or create controversy but because I too am a fan of this particular genre of music. As for the origin of Hip Hop, that in itself, is something I will discuss in part two of this article. Lets begin shall we?

If you know CHH then you know it is a genre based on Hip Hop, but with a twist. CHH is about the Gospel which makes sense considering it is "Christian" Hip Hop. Hip Hop, which is derived from a history of self worth and political ambition, is a genre that was not accepted into the church for years. Now it is being embedded into the Christian community. Should this be a shock to you? No! Music is a movement in itself. It is impossible to think that all walks of life would not be present to infuse their own style of the gospel and footprint into such a community.

There is more to this story, but knowing all we do for God and His commands for us, why are so many walking away from the label of "Christian Rapper." Is it truly better to address them as rappers who are Christian? Either way the play on words cannot be good for the advancement of the Kingdom. I've spoken with a couple of artists involved in this genre. These artists are fixtures in the community as well as obviously hurt and disconnected human beings. You see, to have walked away from any such calling on your life has to come with it's reasons and if you are at all worried about the state of the Christian community then this should be insightful.

I had the chance to speak with a plethora of artists, some of which you may or may not know. Some swayed on the side of love being the most omnipresent factor to their answer. I think its important to tell you that what brought me here was the shocking statements from the artists I used to see all the time being very active in the community and who made an impact no doubt, yet months later they are posting statements to their social media sites denouncing either their faith or resigning from the all too "judgmental" genre we call CHH.

CHH has been called disgusting, dead, and confusing. Therefore, you can see why such division has made it's way into the community. Artists who understand the calling on their lives state "Alot of the things God set us out to do aren't the most comfortable." We have seen artists leave due to lack of support, money and reach.

Matthew Twine of Ministry Minded Media says this about reach.. "How and why would God expand your reach if you are not even attempting to touch the people that are literally within arms length of you?'' His question to every artist is, "Are we focused on entertaining or building relationships?"

Sevin of Hog Mob Ministries speaks boldly on this topic and the hurt we as Christians are inflicting on the Gospel itself. In reference to self gain and misuse of the platform God bestowed upon artists he states, "Using freedom to do what we are doing to each other is disgusting, we are taking this beautiful bride and trying to turn her into a whore." His plea is that we find our identity in God and not our audience.

The question still remains, why the separation and division? I have been told it is due to wealth, stage and label signing. Why denounce the "CHH" label just to sign to a record deal? Is this the Great Commission? Or are we stepping out of line just to make money?

Whether it be about the amount of support or money, some still stand firmly on the belief that their stage is "God's stage to control". But with a lack of support from other artists, many are flocking to the record label dream.

Is it that they believe they can reach the masses without the "Christian Rapper" label? Far be it for me to assume that your effectiveness could be based off of one label in a community that has lost its way from the original purpose of even uttering one word of the Gospel onto a beat that was more than likely produced by a believer. What stands to be said is that some have left this genre due to the actions of christians in the community. A lack of inner support and deceitfulness have almost destroyed what is still a new genre.

This dirty stigma is clouding something that could be so beautiful if we worked together. If you have to see the growth in self worth before you see that souls are lost and need saving, then you have already placed a mark on your brand. If you live for people's acceptance, do you die by their rejection? I didn’t want to call out artists or even name artists who see it differently, this is really a call for soldiers to stand firmly and mend the self inflicting divide that has been placed upon the Christian community before it is too late. Judging by some actions, it may already seem that way.

If you haphazardly infringed upon CHH because of ill gotten pipe dreams, you thought that Bizzle would be calling you, or better yet Reach Records would be at your door step, please know that you have been mistaken. Selfish reasoning can lead to your destruction. If you are looking for support in a genre that isn't based off of money then you are in the wrong genre. Of course dreams, aspirations and even success can be found through doors open by Christ if your heart is right.

Entrepreneurship is always welcomed and encouraged. No one said that growth and success would happen over night but when it does, God gets the glory. If you are in this genre because you love it, I pray you find that fire before it gets fanned out. At one point, people like me looked to your music for guidance and understanding. God called us to be set apart. I personally believe that respect is still needed for artists that have taken the leap from faith.

I leave you with this quote from C.S. Lewis, "One of the great difficulties is to keep before the audience's mind the question of Truth. They always think you are recommending Christianity, not because it is true but because it is good... One must keep on pointing out that Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, of infinite importance. The one thing that it cannot be is moderately important."

 

As for your gift and why God chose you, C.S. Lewis says

“The chosen people are chosen not for their own sake, but for the sake of the unchosen.”

So I urge you, instead of trying to figure it out... be supportive. Don’t worry about being relevant. Relevance is not what will save lives. Be present and loving. I hope you find meaning and reasoning behind this and it helps you to be insightful. I definitely took a lot out of it. We should not step away from a lane that was paved by the Creator.

Embrace it and all that comes with it.

The one thing that observers of CHH can see from the outside looking in is a lack of faith, trust, support and remaining true to the calling on your life as an artist. I recently brought the state of CHH up in our OmniGod Group Chat. The discussion was well needed because as believers we see the down fall of a genre. A culture that was once a strong presence in lives that relate to what the artist is doing. One thing my Content Manager Ruby mentioned to me about the "easy" response she sees is "when we are being tested as believers and artists, immediately we run. We get mad and instead of leaning on God, we lean on ourselves to do things our way, rather than taking the responsibility. "God gives the victory".

Let me fight forward and see what He has for us." The one question that really needs to be addressed is, "why do we crumble so easily?" This debate can cause confusion and doubt. Once that sets in, it can lead to baby believers walking away. It is important that we set aside the notion that not being supported by our own community is not the main reason you do what you do.

I was on facebook and I saw a CHH artist that walked away from it all because he found more support from the world than from the CHH community. I watched as he crushed his old cd's and cursed God's name. This was upsetting and made me question the motives of artists in CHH. I read my bible and came across a scripture trying to understand it all. We have to keep in mind that God calls His believers to be unified instead of continually fighting our own.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven."

Not only does God fix the standard and withhold or dispense satisfaction, he also appoints "seasons and times." Earthly pursuits are good in their proper place and time but unprofitable when pursued as the chief goal. God has a calling and purpose for everyone. If you leave that purpose due to lack of support from the community, then you are doing it for the wrong reason. God has a time and place for you coming up. The key is to relax and don't react in haste to negative emotions or doubt.

Psalms 35:5 "Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him."

In other words give your all to God and completely trust that He sees your work and purpose. Faith in the calling on your life has to be acted upon and we can't just be expectant of the blessing. Faith without works is dead may seem cliché but there is definitely truth in it.

Last but not least, you have to believe in yourself and the plan God has for you. Live this with love. Your heart has to be in it.

1 Corinthians 13:13 "And now abide faith, hope and, love, these three but the greatest of these is Love."

You see, loving what you do will cover the emotions of not being fully compensated for your efforts. Love is the key to understanding what you do and why you do it. In all we do, keep the same mind and judgement. The source of true unity is God's word which establishes the standard of truth on which true unity rests. 

 

R Alan Woods stated this,

“We may not all be on the same chapter, but we should be in the same book.”

We need truth and unity in CHH. The Ministry and the business. Without true understanding of purpose, you as an artist will never truly be satisfied with what you do. Walking away can only hurt you. What you lack in faith, you will never gain in acceptance from a world that is willing to elevate you and not the Son of God. Jesus is the reason for your calling. If you answered His calling you should live it out fully.

As an observer I can tell you that the action of some artists is upsetting to say the least. However, one artists actions don’t speak for all the artists that remain living true to God's Word. We encourage you to keep fighting the good fight.

In conclusion, allow your fruit to be shown as faithful and abundant.

Your walk is your walk. Don’t allow the misplaced judgement of others to push you out.

 
 
 

Phillip Rosas is an Executive Writer for OmniGod Music.

 
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Greg Bonzo's "The Game Changer"

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Greg Bonzo's "The Game Changer"

"DatPiff" is a popular mixtape site offering a plethora of music. Searching it you will find OmniGods very own Greg Bonzo also known as "DaBonz" along with his mixtape titled "The Game Changer." When given the awesome task of reviewing this mixtape I was excited to see what was to come.

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Greg is Chief Technology Officer for OmniGod Music. He specializes web development. But after hearing his mixtape, I am now familiar with his skills in the studio. While Greg is a huge factor to OmniGod and alongside much of our other staff members, he has another job, a family and a life so it's no surprise he has a mixtape under his belt as well.

"The Game Changer" is a mixtape that offers a lot of insight into Greg's life journey. Most artists write to relate, I believe he was actually in tune with an audience that he knew definitely would. This mixtape is a 16 track album with 2 bonus tracks. It was worth every minute spent listening to it.

Lets begin with the "Intro" which is a great production and right from the jump the vibe is set. The momentum of the intro led me to number three "Blind". As I said before artists like Greg write to relate and he does this throughout the whole project. "Blind" was a song I could relate to. Regardless of how you view this song and its meaning "Blind" hits home. He spits a line that is in fact relevant to this day. "Jesus is the light but the world is blind".  Without holding back he spoke his mind and I liked it. 

"Image" is a song I thought needed to be heard. "Image" spoke about the music scene both as Secular and Christian. While this is not totally untouched it also isn't spoken of often. "Image" lays insight to this and more.

I really enjoyed the honesty and transparency behind the lyrics of every song. Greg hit a lot of important subjects and kept each Christ centered. I am a firm believer of music relating to life while also focusing on Christ.

With two bonus tracks this album is worth the time it takes to search, vibe, and meditate on. "The Game Changer" did just that for me. It is more than a title it’s a move to actually switch it up. Give your life to God and watch it all take a turn for better.

Life isn't met with out hardships. Sometimes you need a miracle to change the game. I am honored to be able to do what I do. Albums like this are what dictated the game changing for me. As you listen to this album think back on what changed it all for you .

Download "The Game Changer Mixtape" Here!!

 

Phillip Rosas is a Lead Review Writer for OmniGod Music.

 
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Fighting Spirit

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Fighting Spirit

I once heard a story of Mike Tyson, a professional boxer. Before every fight his trainer use to tell him "your looking good, I believe in you!!"

Mike, because of his trainers encouragement, won every fight.

Are you in a struggle or a fight?

God believes in you and has equipped you with all you need to fight. The Devil is in the corner of the ring and we have to keep fighting!! Brother, Sister, The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Satan does not want you to be successful or God focused! He wants to rob you from your salvation. He wants your full attention!! I write this knowing the battle, going through a battle to fight for my Salvation and family.

I know I have to use the tools God has given me to fight against the enemy! 

Ephesians 6:13-17 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

We are equip for the fight! We are only strong through Christ. He is the one who equipped us with this armor.

We have to live in the truth!

Imagine Brother or Sister if you're wearing a belt around your waist to hold up your pants or skirt and your belt broke. You would be embarrassed or ashamed. That is what the devil wants. To remove your belt of truth and make you ashamed. To replace that belt for his lies!! He is the father of lies.

We have to be accountable through our battles. It defeats
his tactics. He wants us to be ashamed and live in his lies and deceit.

The Bible says in 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

That's accountability and Satan hates it. It is hard because we may feel a fear of rejection or thoughts that "If I tell them my struggles or sin  they will distant themselves from me" but know those are lies of the devil! Don't fall into that web of lies. If we're confessing our sins we are being accountable. Maybe we had a drink, smoked, gossiped, lied, or were deceitful taking drugs but remember Brothers and Sisters when we are accountable to confess our sins not only will we receiving forgiveness from our Father God but we defy and push back the powers of darkness!!

When we're struggling with sin or trials, battles if we're truly honest we don't want to be around people. We isolate our or want to be on our own because we're afraid to have fellowship in case people may see through us to our sin or trials, these battles. When we're transparent and confess our weakness we're able to have fellowship with one another.

In 1 John 1: 5-7 we read, "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."

Verse 7 tells this "We are able to have fellowship with one another IF we WALK IN THE LIGHT!!"

We need to be on the front foot ready to be accountable. If we stay isolated we are more easily attacked.

1 Peter 5:8  Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Lions attack prey that are on their own. They will never attack groups of prey. They wait until they see an animal on its own isolated then attack. EXACTLY LIKE SATAN.

When we're together we're strong. When we're alone we are weak. We don't need to fight alone! We have each other and even more than that we have a Supernatural Powerful Victorious God who is on our side and has equipped us with what we need! 

When God fills us with His Holy Spirit and we receive the gift of tongues it strengthens our spirit. Spiritually we have to be strong.

1 Corinthians 14:4 "The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church."

Brothers and Sisters lets fight through the struggles and trials together. Let's be transparent and authentic. A beautiful quote from a Brennan Manning says this. "It's better to be naked in truth than clothed in fantasy."

We have the victory in Jesus' name. NEVER give up. If Jesus said to the father "I'm Not Going to the cross for these people" then we wouldn't have life or a future in Christ. He took the 36 lashes. He took the Nails through His wrists and thorns on His head for ME and YOU. Jesus knew what our sin was. He knew our weaknesses, our trials, our Battles, and more before He went to the cross.

If you're struggling with sin or any battle right now find a friend to pray with you. Be transparent.

If you're not a christian and want to break out of whatever your trapped in pray this prayer, "Father I come to you an unclean sinner and know that through Jesus there is life. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again. I want to be clean and live a good life through Jesus. Jesus I invite you into my heart. Forgive me for my sins. I accept you as my Lord and Savior. In Jesus name. Amen

Let's stand together in the victory of Christ, united, and reclaim what Satan may have stolen! Let's regain the ground he took and be God's Man/Woman. In Jesus name!!

God believes in you. He looks into your eyes and says "I Believe in you, your My child and your Fit for the fight your looking good"

In Jesus Name!!

 

Mark Gent is an Executive Blogger for OmniGod Music and President of OmniGod Music Group U.K.

 
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Vincent Tesoros "A Worldly Heaven"

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Vincent Tesoros "A Worldly Heaven"

Most people don’t understand the connection between Hip Hop and Christianity but it is there! Some will tell you that it doesn’t belong in the same category but a gift like this can be given and who are we to question it. Those who spend their days and nights proclaiming the name of Jesus through music ministry don’t care to waiver, because they know their purpose.

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This brings us to Vincent Tesoro. This gritty and transparent artist is in it for the souls. He states this in his profile on the OmniGod Music website saying, "My words need to be heard because we live in a dying world and I know I can connect with the hearts of people that are dying inside."

Starting his career in Pathway Movement but eventually deciding to go independent Vincent brings to the world his debut album with a style that is hard, direct, and relatable. This alternative feel is nothing normal to the Christian genre. "A Worldly Heaven" is an 18 track album. Packed with heart checks and deep thoughts I dare not compare it to any other artist.

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Vincent Tesoro brings the truth of his pain from the jump with his intro track called "Walk the Line." Displaying all this and more in tracks like "Mirror of Weakness," which to me seems like a song of reflection. His song "S.W.A.T." speaks of a rather strong and controversial subject, showing that he isn't afraid of the truth.

I honestly loved the vibe of this album and the best thing about it is his outro track. He finishes up with a little promotion from his mother which seals the deal.

I think artists who leave it all on the table and let the Lord speak through them are refreshing. I truly believe in this album as well as artists like Vincent Tesoro. Please take time to get to know him and listen to his music. You won't regret it!

 

Phillip Rosas is a Lead Review Writer for OmniGod Music.

 
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The Weeping Gate's "ThySelf Inimical".

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The Weeping Gate's "ThySelf Inimical".

The moment I started watching The Weeping Gate’s new video “Thyself Inimical”, I was struck by the imagery. The juxtaposition of old and new as well as comfort and wealth to a bare hard empty prison was awesome. From the quiet palm muted sounds, to the exploding chunky blazing death metal drifts as she climbs the stairs. All the way to the haunting melody of the piano/keyboard through the track….I was swept away. I loved the way the song was presented in the imagery all the way through to the end to the reveal showing that she was the monster, her own enemy. 

Now while I am not the biggest fan of Death Metal, I was impressed how well put together the song was. The keyboard melody and female vocals throughout, giving it a very haunting melody and softening the brutal riffs of the guitars. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that there are 2 male vocalists seemlesly singing the harsh death growl style of vocals, as I had not realized it was 2 guys. 

Overall I'd say this band is going to be huge and this video is a must see for any metal head regardless of what genre they prefer. I know I definitely will be keeping eyes on these guys. This is some of the best goth influenced melodeath I've heard in awhile.

 

Isaac Patterson is an executive writer for OmniGod Music.

 
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Your Memorial EP

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Your Memorial EP

Heavy and aggressive, yet beautiful and hypnotic. This is an apt description for Your Memorial’s self titled EP. The metal music of Your Memorial is full of contrasting elements. Instead of pulling the music apart these elements come together to elevate it to something wonderful. The band has created five new, incredibly heavy songs filled with color, texture and contrasting dynamics.

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Vocalist Blake Suddath spends a great deal of the EP with his voice dialed up to ten. His vocals are delivered with extreme aggression. There is no doubt that Suddath is giving everything that he has behind the microphone. Every word is delivered with maximum force. Guitarist Willie Weigel provides clean vocals and brings a bit of melody to the songs. The contrasting vocal styles brings a great deal of depth to the songs.

At times the music of Your Memorial is just as aggressive as Suddath’s vocals. The EP is filled with a variety of heavy, groove laden, palm muted guitar riffs. This is a band that is not shy about being a heavy metal band. There are heavy metalcore elements in the band’s music. But to strictly label them as a metalcore band is not a fair assessment. Your Memorial also mixes in influences from thrash metal, groove metal and post rock.

At times Your Memorial will musically flip the switch on the listener. There are some beautiful moments when the aggression falls away. Passages of dreamlike, cleanly played guitars fill the air. No distortion or testosterone fueled vocals, just a brief moment of calmness. There are other outstanding low key musical moments to be found. At times Willie Weigel has the opportunity to sing over some of the quieter sections. This of course sets the stage for Suddath’s raging return. These contrasting musical moments work to increase the dynamics of the heavy sections.

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I would be doing the band a great disservice if I did not mention bassist Mike Helms and drummer Tommy Weigel. A band is only as good as its drummer. Tommy Weigel handles the drum grooves quite skillfully. Far too often singers and guitarists receive too much credit for a band’s success. I am taking nothing away from Suddath and Willie Weigel. Both band members are worthy of a great deal of praise for their efforts. However, it would be difficult for them to do what they do so well without the band’s other half. Helms and Tommy Weigel lay down tight grooves and rhythms that allow Suddath and Willie Weigel the freedom to effectively play their parts.

Self titled releases usually belong to a band’s debut release. For Your Memorial this is not the case. Their self titled EP is actually the band’s swan song. After this release and a final tour the band, after eleven years, will be disbanding. All good things must come to an end. For their final release the band has put together a collection of exception songs. Your Memorial will be going out on an extreme high note.

 

Troy Tennard is an executive writer for OmniGod Music.

 
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The Thunderdome

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The Thunderdome

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I met this real cool man named Craig while at my wife's family's church in upstate New York a little while ago and we got to talking about OmniGod Music and what the future holds. During the conversation I mentioned that beyond music, we will be getting heavily involved with film. He brought up this really cool place in Atlanta called The Thunderdome and I was instantly intrigued!!

Today I received an email from Craig and I was so incredibly happy to see that he had included in that email the link to The Thunderdome!!

This is one of the coolest idea's I've seen in awhile!! Check it out.......

WHO THEY ARE:

Founded in 2010, The Thunderdome is an artist residency in Atlanta. They are a group of young filmmakers who are Christians- striving to grow in film, faith and friendships. They collaborate on work, share their equipment and experiences, and grow into the artists God created them to be.

WHAT THEY DO:

As full-time freelance filmmakers, they do it all - write, direct, shoot, edit and whatever else needs to be done. They have different strengths and different goals, but each of them is capable of taking a project from conception to completion. Throughout their time at The Thunderdome, they have done work for companies like Chick-Fil-A, ESPN, Papa John's, Zaxby's, the Weather Channel, Reach Records, the Atlanta Falcons, Home Depot and many more.

To learn more about The Thunderdome and their team of film makers, visit atlthunderdome.com.

 

MadeSacred is President of OmniGod Music Group.

 
 

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The Tongue

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The Tongue

I can remember when I was a small child and used to get involved in group games after school with the pupils and teacher. We used to play musical chairs or pass the parcel but the main one that I used to like was "Chinese Whispers.”

This is how we played it:

How to play ''Chinese Whispers''

  1. Depending on the number of people (11 is a nice number), put the players in a suitable formation that is comfortable for everyone. Usually a circle or similar shape, with the players tight against the edge of the wall.

  2. One person decides on a word or phrase to whisper into the ear of the person next to them. It does not matter what word or phrase is chosen.

  3. The person who had the word/phrase whispered to them now passes it to the person next to them in the same way as before, and so on down the team of people.

  4. When it gets to the last person they have to say what they think was whispered to them out loud. If it is correct, then you may do some kind of celebration to reflect the joy of getting it right.

    On the other hand it may be the complete opposite or  have metamorphosised into something totally unrelated and somewhat baffling.

James 3:7-10 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth comes praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters this should not be.

Our tongues are deadly weapons of destruction. As you may know it is so easy to speak things that are meaningless and don't edify our Brother/Sister. It is our duty to build one another up with love and encouragement.

I knew a brother who Nathan, from our church, reached out to. This particular brother was walking down the street feeling quite depressed and low within himself when Nathan saw him and asked "Hey man, how you doing?" This brother stopped in his tracks as Nathan continued speaking to him about Christ and the church. Within 1 hour of this conversation this brother was saved in Christ. When he is asked about this particular encounter the brother says "It was the nicest thing anybody has said to me. No-one has showed interest in me and asked how I am, but this conversation touched my heart"

You see in the same way we can tear down we can rather use our mouths to build up. We communicate with each other with our mouths.

Have you ever said something and later on regretted? Have you recognized how powerful your tongue can be? Most of the things we say in our life have an effect on our future and/or others. We can curse or bless, tear down or build up.
Even David was aware of his Tongue...

Psalm 141:3 Set a Guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.

We have the Authority in Christ to speak things into being. God did it himself in Genesis.

Genesis 1:11-12 Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

We also have Authority to speak things into existence! When we know the Truth and are confident in Gods promises and are yielded to God we are able to speak things into being. It is important that we use our tongues to build up one another and not destroy or curse. There is power in our words.

Who do you feel needs to be edified today? What is that thing that isn't actually visible at this time that you’re longing to see come into being? Use your God given authority and in Jesus mighty Name to speak that thing into being! It may be a house you need, a car for transportation, a job for finances? Whatever it is say "In Jesus mighty Name I speak that into existence.” As you continue praying and calling to God for it you will see his blessing in it.

You may need to repent for words spoken from your mouth that weren't edifying. It’s good to recognize our mistakes and follow God in doing what's right. You may be living a good life, enjoying family, work, church, giving tithe, giving to charity, and essentially doing all the right things as well as praying and reading the Bible. Checking all the boxes but see what it says in James 1:26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

Lets be cautious brothers and sisters, our Tongues are like snares and need to be constantly guarded. Let us build one another up. May Gods kingdom be known among us.

The Tongue can paint what the mind cant see!

Apparently the Tongue is the strongest muscle in the body. We have the strength and power to lift each other up!
In Jesus Holy Name!

 

Mark Gent is Executive Blogger for OmniGod Music and President of OmniGod Music Group U.K.

 
 

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Freddie and Sharon Lopez “One Voice”

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Freddie and Sharon Lopez “One Voice”

You may have heard of Freddie "Tailor Made" Lopez, if so you have to know that he has a heart for the lord. I have had the honor of reviewing an album for him before and when I got the go ahead to review "One Voice,” a beautiful worship album showing not only how versatile Freddie is but also featuring his wife Sharon who has a voice that was made for worship I feel that honor again.

I played the album for my wife and got chills. “One Voice” is an amazing EP with 7 songs for you to vibe and worship to. It is definitely an example of what a married couple should be.

From songs like "Only Jesus” to my personal favorite "One Voice " you immediately start to learn the words, sing along, and worship. I think that all the songs on this ep are amazing. It will have you in a spiritual moment. Your heart will be full of joy and your mind will be fixated on God.

Freddie and his wife set out to do what God has called them to. With their purpose and all glory going to God. I don’t usually give you the review to every song because we at OmniGod serve those who serve the Lord. I would love for you support this EP as you have every album, video or project we promote.

This EP was everything my wife and I needed. I look forward to the reaction from other couples and I congratulate Freddie and Sharon.

God is making moves. Now it is up to us to see them.

 
 
 

Phillip Rosas is Lead Review Writer for OmniGod Music.

 
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Pastor Fred Lopez "Rising Soundz"

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Pastor Fred Lopez "Rising Soundz"

"Rising Soundz" is a great book on ministry written by Pastor Fred Lopez that features a soundtrack and a dvd package.

The soundtrack is an incredible collection of songs. If you haven't seen the promo videos to "Rising Soundz", you are missing out. One of these songs is "Not of This World" featuring Bryann Trejo, Triple Thr33, Antwoine Hill and Kevin Santiago. The Kingdom Muzic Family (KMF) brought fire to a track that inspires greatly and carries a message that hits even harder. It is safe to say with the way this group takes over this beat, that they came to put in work.

I have watched this group of ministers create awesome music for the Lord for a while now, but it is much more than that. They are family and they are insanely authentic about their ministry.

"Not of This World" gave me chills. The truth behind it makes you think as well as search your own heart. I absolutely love Kingdom Muzic's ministry and the ministers involved. The work they put in for the Kingdom of Christ is a very much needed breath of fresh air.

I am sure you will love this video. "Rising Soundz" is flooded with some of the most spirit-filled tracks from Kingdom Muzic and is out for purchase at www.risingsoundz.com. Please be sure to visit the site and purchase your copy TODAY!!!! #KMF

CLICK HERE to purchase Rizing Soundz NOW!!

 

Phillip Rosas is an executive writer for OmniGod Music Group.

 
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GFLS' "Animated"

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GFLS' "Animated"

"Animated" meaning: Full of life, Excitement, High Spirited; Portraying a lively attitude is exactly what G.F.L.S., God's Front Line Souljahs, does.

Based out of the state of Ohio this group cons-isting of Marq Muziq, an artist I have reviewed before, as well as his group mates K.A. and IceBerg5:17 created a song and video that will grab your eyes and leave you loving what you see. This hype but truth filled video gives you a visual array of colors and life hence its title "Animated". Based on the popular foursome, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it is a video your kids will love.

This song and video steer your hyperactive senses to the edge of your seat. "Animated" has a great track and message behind it. You wont want to sleep with this video on.  Do not be afraid to let go for the Lord. Praise Him with an "Animated" attitude.

 

Phillip Rosas is a writer for OmniGod Music.

 
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Tneek's "R.I.C.H."

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Tneek's "R.I.C.H."

Its finally here the R.I.C.H EP!!

In R.I.C.H., Restored from Iniquity, Clothed in Honour, Tneek takes you on a journey through her life writing you into the story of where she was and where she is now. Lyrically painting a picture of her newly found identity in God, "This God in my veins has got me rolling like I'm a queen" is expressed in the Intro.

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Her transparency comes through clear. Not holding back with how she feels we are listening to her heart. We look in the mirror of her life at how she contained an explosive anger before her life took a U-Turn towards Her Creator. A lot of her anger was towards injustice as well as seeing lives ruined by lies and deception.

Tneek's heart throughout this whole EP expresses that there is a new identity to be found by all, especially women whom she has witnessed selling their bodies and not escaping the lies of this world. Her heart cry is that woman can become Queens finding their true royalty in God and become R.I.C.H but NOT by money as is stated in Track 4 "How are you a Boss when money owns you?"

"Broken Girl" is a track where her heart cries out to God, "In the midst of all the pain I feel, Father can you hear me, are you able to heal?" This is a prayer that a lot of people who have pushed through brokenness would have yelled.

As you are taken into the very heart of Tneek and see the world through her lenses you find that this EP is not something that has been crafted overnight. Rather through pain, longing, tears, struggles and sleepless nights the recipe for this food has been crafted that is hard to swallow for some but nourishing and fulfilling for the open hearted.

Plug in your head phones or turn up your speakers and buckle up your seat belts because you're about to go on a journey of truth as well as hope. This will be a journey that will revolutionize your life and bring you a new perspective.

Tneek is now R.I.C.H. - Restored from Iniquities, Clothed in Honour!

 

Mark Gent is Operations Supervisor for OmniGod Music Group and President of OmniGod Music United Kingdom.

 
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Doc "Survival of the Fittest"

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Doc "Survival of the Fittest"

Doc's song "Survival of the Fittest" shares a glance into two separate worlds. One being the streets and the other being the music industry.

Remixed from an old Mobb Deep song and engineered by Dion White (an artist featured on this track) you will get the sense that this track is weighing in heavy with a transparent truth that will shine light into both the streets as well as the music industry each of which offer their own pitfalls. Dion White talks about the rough realities of the hood life while Doc offers a critique of the sometimes hard to navigate music industry.

This leaves no doubt that there is warfare within our streets and communities as well the music industry. "Survival of the Fittest" is packed with quality production and a flow that compliments the beat. This song projects the life and times of the world we deal with every day.

 
 
 

Phillip Rosas is a Writer for OmniGod Music Group.

 
 

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Miz Tiffany's "I Ain't Preaching to the Choir"

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Miz Tiffany's "I Ain't Preaching to the Choir"

Using the gift that God gave her Miz Tiffany brings us her EP "I Ain't Preaching to the Choir,” a track that is based off The Great Commission. Proudly pursuing the truth of why we are here on this earth.

Miz Tiffany is heard advocating for a purpose that is bigger than anything we are set to do. Stating that these four walls are what is holding us back Miz Tiffany maps out what The Great Commission is about. She presents an edgy but strong and courageous flow setting fire to this track all while reaching us with what this life is truly about.

Having paved a way for any ear listening Miz Tiffany pleads her case with lines like "I ain’t preaching to the choir because they already believe" she is constructing a ministry with no walls. Miz Tiffany is seen as an artist who walks what she talks. She stays true to the command given to us by God our Father. The great Commission gives us insight on a particular command entrusted to us as followers of Christ in Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything commanded you, and surely I am with you always, to the very end of age”.

This powerful word shares a glimpse into the world of an artist who is standing bold in her faith and preaching to the streets with a far greater purpose. Miz Tiffany is definitely walking what she is talks.

 

Phillip Rosas is a Writer for OmniGod Music Group.

 
 

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Bred 4 War

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Bred 4 War

Bred 4 War is a promising new heavy metal band. With guitar, bass, drums, and microphone firmly in hand this band is ready for musical warfare. Crushing riffs and aggressive vocals mixed into heavy, yet melodic metal is the sound of Bred 4 War.

One of the great aspects of modern metal is musical diversity. Metal bands do not have to be confined to one metal genre. Bred 4 War incorporates influences from a few metal sub genres such as groove metal, nu metal, and metalcore. The band successfully merges the sounds of metal from the 1980's, 1990's and 2000's.  That said, there is a heavy influence from the metal scene of the 1990's in the bands music.

One big compliment that I will give the band is the demeanor of the music. Bred 4 War is a high energy metal band. The music and vocals are quite aggressive, yet the band does not sound angry. Often times metal bands with aggressive vocalists sound angry at the world regardless of the lyrical content. Bred 4 War vocalist Daniel Streety is delivering energetic, heavy, aggressive vocals full of hope. There is plenty of emotion in the bands music however anger is not one of them. Bred 4 War delivers heavy music with a message of hope.

Musically this is strictly guitar driven metal. There are no keyboards or synthesizers to be heard. Guitarist Justin Roark keeps things interesting by varying the guitar riffage from song to song. Bassist Jay Malott and drummer Phil Roark solidly help to hold down the rhythms throughout.  The music that they create is heavy and aggressive, yet there is plenty of melody and groove.  These songs make you want to move, it may be hard to sit still listening to these songs.  

Bred 4 War's debut EP is a strong introduction for this new band. I would imagine that their next release will be even heavier and more aggressive. Based on these songs the future looks bright for these up and comers.  The metal world needs more bands like Bred 4 War.  In a very dark world it is refreshing to hear a metal band with a positive message.

 

Troy Tennard is a Writer for OmniGod Music Group.

 
 

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Forgiveness & Love will conquer anger.

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Forgiveness & Love will conquer anger.

If there is one thing, just one sin that I still struggle with, I would have to say it is anger. For years being a consistently angry and aggressive person was my only line of defense. Eventually that anger landed me in jail many times and eventually charged with a highly militias crime.

Once I met Jesus He began to work in me, but the anger still sometimes rises to the top and becomes the thing I need to ask forgiveness for. Tonight an atheist pulled me lower than I've been since coming to Christ in 2009. I was so frustrated and angry that I began to spit back, and that my friends is NOT what Jesus would do.

Look, I am a leader in the world of Christianity, but this does not make me a perfect man....this actually puts me in the line of fire more than many others. Most, if not ALL of the time, I handle myself well and back off in silent prayer. Tonight was far from that truth. Tonight, a part of my old self came up and I found myself standing in front of this man ready to throw down. Then I thought of my wife and daughter and instead of throwing everything I had at this guy, I stepped back, got in my car and left.

About 10 minutes later I found myself at home in my driveway pondering on what Jesus would have done and after saying a short prayer and asking forgiveness of my God, I put the car back in drive and went back to the location this all went down at. When I pulled up, everyone looked at me like I was about to destroy everything in sight, and a few minutes earlier I wanted to. But this was my chance to redeem myself and be more like Jesus. So I walked right up to this guy, looked him in the eyes and said "I love you dude. You are loved. We may disagree and that's ok, but you are loved. Please forgive me."

He put out his hand and said we're all good. We shook hands and I said peace.

In ending, we all fall short and we all sin. But we must be consistent in practicing righteousness. It's not even possible because we are only made righteous through our Faith in Christ (Romans 5:1), but that DOES NOT mean we don't try. I made a mistake tonight and let my anger get the best of me, but because of my Faith in Jesus, I Praise God that I was able to redeem myself through seeking forgiveness and showing love. 

 

MadeSacred is President of OmniGod Music Group.

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