Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae shares testimony through musiccomment (0)
April 19, 2012
By Leann Callaway
Growing up in a broken home, Christian hip-hop/rap artist Lecrae Moore struggled in his search for significance and self-worth. During his teenage years, hanging out with the wrong crowd only added to his confusion along with the effects of drugs, drinking, partying and broken relationships. Moore knew his life was frantically spinning out of control.
At the age of 19, Moore reached a pivotal turning point when a friend invited him to a Christian conference. As Moore looked around at the crowd, he noticed a distinct difference in their lives. Moore realized that these young adults were passionately in love with Jesus and it became an eye-opening moment for him.
Not long after, Moore was in a serious car accident but walked away without a scratch. It was then that he realized what he needed most in his life — a relationship with Christ.
As Moore started attending church regularly, he wanted to tell others about how his life had been radically transformed by the gospel. During his college years at the University of North Texas, he printed out his testimony and passed it out across the campus.
Moore also began volunteering at a juvenile detention center and started sharing songs as a way to offer hope and encouragement. It was then that he realized how he could use those songs to lead others to the Lord.
“I always loved music and was involved in music as far back as I can remember,” Moore said. “A large part of songwriting was my desire to capture a lot of my life experiences and the struggles that I went through — being raised in a single-parent home, never knowing my father because he was on drugs. I just wanted an outlet to express some of those emotions.
“Writing songs let me do a lot of introspective soul-searching, and while looking for answers, I ran into a group of people who challenged me with the truths of the gospel. When my faith changed, my music also changed. I stopped writing dark songs of hopelessness and began writing songs of life and hope.”
From there, Moore began performing at concerts and sharing his testimony around the country.
Today as a husband and father, Moore desires to set a strong example of the life-changing love of Christ for his family. Despite a busy touring schedule, Moore has made it a priority to be actively involved with his family and also offering leadership, guidance and support for two church plants in the Atlanta area.
“My platform has really increased more than I could imagine, and I think God has been teaching me how to steward that well,” Moore said. “I’m learning how to walk as a leader, how to be a responsible and faithful leader by walking in God’s Word and truths.”
Moore also has helped establish Reach Records and the 116 Clique, based on Romans 1:16, as a mentorship group for Christian hip-hop and rap artists. Moore and his label mates are planning an Unashamed tour for the fall. It will raise funds to help the fight against social issues such as child hunger and sex trafficking.
In addition he has created the Man Up conference and curriculum addressing what it means to be a godly man. He recently shared his testimony on a commercial for I am Second, which has been impacting lives across the country. The influence of his music and platform has led to garnering a nomination for the prestigious honor of Artist of the Year at the upcoming Dove Awards in Atlanta.
“People have shared countless testimonies of how they have been radically shaken by hearing what Jesus has done in my life,” Moore said. “I’m a regular person who has struggles like anyone else. People may see me on stage in front of people, but there’s no rock star element here.
“Jesus called me to make disciples, not to be a rock star. I just want to write music that people can relate to and helps keep them focused on Christ. I also hope that these songs will inspire, encourage and motivate people to serve God.
“Because of Christ, I have found what I had been searching for all along. Christ is my source of significance and my source of worth because my identity is found in Him.”