The type of music is never what holds a indie artist back....it's support plain and simple. When the people who love it forget to call stations, forget too spend the 89 cent online for the single, forget to tell their favorite stations to play it, forget to tell others about it......when people who love it forget......it don't matter if you spent a million on a song........it will only fall on the ears of who hate it and leave you confused because the people who loved it ......... forgot.........it's tons of indie artist who are just.....forgotten......not by humans or aliens who hate their music......but by humans and aliens who love their music......how can you win when people who love it forget........you won't......look around the people who love our music is hurting us way more than those who hate it......
Twitter@BrandonRawlinsJ Brandon Rawlins J.
I learned a lot about myself committing crimes. As I think about it I am who I am today because I committed crimes. Before getting into a life of crime I was a very introverted person, passive, non confrontational, and was afraid of the idea of the things that crime brings. When I started committing crimes I found out I had a lot of qualities that before hand I would have thought I would pee my pants if this or that happened. I found out I could put my life on the line for what I wanted to do. I can go all in for the cause. I got beat up, jacked, arrested, shot at, guns pointed at me by police & citizens and even though I was scared I never left anyone hanging and I was always ready to do the max I could. I will admit that living like that was totally being something against who I really was, but I saw that I could push past what I felt and do the slap opposite boldly I realized that who I always thought I was wasn't who I really was either. Committing crimes showed me it was a boldness inside of me that playing video games didn't mature. That boldness is now active in my walk with The Most High God. I came to the conclusion that I have put my life on the line for a lot less than The Most High God so I think the moment I started applying what I ironically learned from going against His ways my walk with Him was strengthened. It let me know that the boldness I found was not wrong but just perverted. All of the things I have done and learned about myself in life makes up The servant of The Most High God you see today. I use to be ashamed of those experiences, but through those experiences mixed in with the things I learned in directly serving The Most High God, I realize now what is scripture means: Romans 8:28 28 Furthermore, we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with his purpose; I no longer need to be ashamed of things that only later strengthened me and all praise goes to The Most High God and His Son for it not breaking me. I thank and love my family for all the prayers that kept me safe. Shabbat Shalom! Brandon Rawlins J. Twitter@BrandonRawlinsJ
As an artist in America, trying to find my 0.5% of the population of over 315 million, I'm noticing that its really only a handful of artist who have found that or a little more. And it's an uncountable amount of artist that have not. And the uncountable amount of artist on average feels their music is better than some of those who have reach their 0.5%, and their minds are rocked why they're not advancing and at least doing double of whatever artist they feel they are blowing out the water.I'm thinking that the reason all these artist feel this way is because they are making music they feel and it's coming from a real place of what they wish they could hear. I'm thinking it's the reason most having a hard time listening to well crafted music outside of our own personal taste. If we don't like it then we think it's weird that everyone else don't share our outlook.Because each of our opinions has complete authority in our personal worlds, we forget that concerning things on a national or global scale, and even just with the person in front of us, our opinions are not absolute anymore once it collides with other opinions with just as much God-Given authority as yours. I'm thinking that is whats keep all of us artist yet to have find their 0.5% or more supporters in America, blind to the truth that is the reality of the realm we are living in......And that's I love the music I made, it hits all the issues I would personally love music to hit, the music glides just right for me.........but when I look at whats real.....as of today not even 0.000000003% of the population feels the way I feel about my music. In fact some even hates it. Even now I still don't know because well......the over 315 million of my countries population has yet to hear my music and what I do as an artist. And that's the problem that most of us under 0.5% artist are having.If you are thinking of giving up your music and it seems like you just can't reach your 0.5% then I encourage you not to quit until you know the population has passed on you.....and even if they population by landslide majority passes on you.....make music for your self because remember it was one person who LOVED IT....and that was you.Shalom!Brandon Rawlins J
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
13 In fact, whatever you ask for in my name, I will do; so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me for something in my name, I will do it.
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commands; 16 and I will ask the Father, and he will give you another comforting Counselor like me, the Spirit of Truth, to be with you forever. 17 The world cannot receive him, because it neither sees nor knows him. You know him, because he is staying with you and will be united with you.
If you love me you will keep my commands....or if you love me wait until my death and resurrection and you will be forgiven.....my commands are optional at that point...... I understand why Lucifer and a 3rd of the angels won't be forgiven....because they did the unforgivable sin......RIGHT IN GOD'S KINGDOM TO BOOT. In my personal opinion, I honestly don't feel it's a human being past, present, or future that meant as much to God as Lucifer did or do. I know it's a popular thing today to say things like the 10 commandments and the OT law is bondage and things like that, I just don't know how a human does it. Some of those laws were made up by the humans who were living for Him, but the ten is what God wrote on stone for Moses to give to the humans that would be His....the G-Humans. I am afraid as if someone has a pistol to my sons head about to shoot him to SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OR THE OT ALL TOGETHER! The Most High God went through such supernatural lengths to give that instruction....I was about to say I don't understand how believers can look at that life as death, slavery, obsolete, and optional but I do. When I was in habit of living in a casual opposite manner of what God's Word says, the idea of living like that, or at the very least really striving to live like that, all I saw is what I'm giving up. I realized I did what I loved and I loved my sin....that's why I did it. After almost as many years as I've been alive lol, I finally began to do the least that I can do as someone who loves Him and that's strive after His ways. What I experienced is that as more and more areas of my life went from striving to keep God's ways into keeping His ways into just simply 2nd nature becoming who I am......is when I saw first hand the power in keeping THE LAW, THE 10, THE OT&NT, I seen first hand how much striving after His ways has changed me and my life all together. And that's just doing the least I can do, I'm growing to be over and beyond excited about the day when I do it exactly the way The Father & The Son & all the great biblical prophets have taught and commanded.
To conclude, any relationship is strengthened because of acting like you want to be in a strong relationship.......and that's a mortal relationship.......do you really believe that the relationship with The Most High God is the only one you don't have to act like you want to be in?
Luke 6:46-47 Why do you call me Lord! LORD! and not do what I say? Those who come to me hears my words and acts on them!
LOTS OF ARTIST I'M FINDING OUT DON'T LIKE THE WORD "CHRISTIAN" PUT WITH THE WORD "ARTIST" TO DESCRIBE THEM.
I here people say they are not Christians and at one point after studying more Jewish and Hebraic translations of the bible I use to say that as well. After all Christian is really not in scripture and a lot of the mess about churches seem to be tied to the word "Christian" for most more knowledgeable believers.
So the definition of the word Christian as I found on google is this: (Please read it all)
A Christian (About this sound pronunciation (help·info)) is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the Canonical gospels and the letters of the New Testament. "Christian" derives from the Koine Greek word Christ, a translation of the Biblical Hebrew term Messiah.
Central to the Christian faith is the gospel, the teaching that humans have hope for salvation through the message and work of Jesus, and particularly, his atoning death on the cross 1Co 15:3 and resurrection 1Co 15:4. Christians also believe Jesus is the Messiah prophesied in the Hebrew Bible. Most Christians believe in the doctrine of the Trinity ("tri-unity"), a description of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This includes the vast majority of churches in Christianity, although a minority are Non-trinitarians.
Now the term is not biblical but in the times we live in this is what people of our planet will call a person who believes in Jesus as Lord right? Now I know a lot of people have bitterness toward Jesus and prefer His more Jewish name Yeshua but lets be real once again, either way depending upon the language being spoken you know Jesus and Yeshua for example to be one in the same person right?
language has been a confusing thing ever since the Tower of Babel. People who were once all working together toward a common purpose were thrown into confusion and divided themselves as soon as groups were struck with different languages.
So in keeping things simple and respecting all terms that mean the Son of God and all He did for the world as the sin sacrifice, if someone wants to call you a Christian and that's what you believe then the more I think about it WHATS THE PROBLEM!?
I'M A CHRISTIAN, I'M A RECORDING ARTIST, SO THAT MAKES ME A CHRISTIAN RECORDING ARTIST IN 2012. ANYTHING THAT THE WORLD DEFINES AS JESUS OR YESHUA IS LORD, THEN THAT"S WHAT THE DAY AND AGE CAN CALL ME! YESHUA IS LORD!
IS IT REALLY THAT OFFENSIVE TO BE CALLED A CHRISTIAN? IS BEING CALLED A CHRISTIAN WHEN ITS REALLY WHAT YOU BELIEVE, IS THAT WORTH CORRECTING AND DEBATING OVER? YOU KNOW WHEN THE TERM CHRISTIAN IS USED ITS USED TO MEAN A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST AKA FOLLOWER OF THE MESSIAH AKA FOLLOWER OF YESHUA AKA THE SON OF GOD AKA 1/3 OF THE HOLY TRINITY!
If you do well will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.
This is what God said to Cain after he gave God a half a sacrifice and was angry because it wasn't received like his brother's was.
Here is how we know that we love God's children: when we love God, we also do what He commands. For loving God means obeying His commands.
Cain represents our generation today. I see a lot of us in Cain. His half a sacrifice represents to me the way we today abuse Yeshua's sacrifice. The mainstream idea of living a life saved by the Lord is the most wicked perspective I know in existence. The deception is so great among humans who adopted it as truth, because like Cain they fellowship with God, but obey God the way they feel like it and not in the way that's commanded of them by God.
Cain also killed his brother. Yeshua said that one of the greatest commands is to love your neighbor like you love yourself. In the same way Cain was angry at his brother for doing nothing but what pleased God and killed him for it, humans are angry and kill each other daily. Humans today do the same thing. Jealous of others who prosper in the Lord, and mad because the Lord won't bless them the same way when they don't half please the Lord the way they do.
We are a Cain minded generation. Its cool today to rely on God in a place of almost being destroyed, but if you noticed that's when Cain begged God for mercy. He was afraid that the people would kill him without the Lords protection. Yeshua commands that we treat others how we want to be treated. He was afraid of being murdered yet he murdered his brother at the slightest whim of emotion. We ask God to protect us from punishments we just inflicted on another. We are a Cain minded generation..........
Get into a praying fellowship with God.....Get into a studying fellowship with His word. Read His word from Genesis to Revelation and learn from the mistakes made by humans over the years. Find Gods instruction and begin walking the Narrow Gate of applying it to your life until you leave this earth. Please. We as a generation are so far away from the will of God and like Cain we don't even know it. He thought his half a sacrifice was good enough for the Lord, our generation thinks we are good enough.....don't be deceived.......
I would just like to tell all who are interested why I do music. Its important to know why someone is doing something I think and I would like to share that with my G-humans & supporters.
I been in love with rap before I was in love with God. So for starters rapping and music has ALWAYS been something I was just naturally drawn too. So when I came to God its naturally changed the subject matter of what I rapped about. So I rap now for these reasons: 1. To make music that honors the Lord & the way of life He wants us to live. 2. Because music is a part of both my heart & my life. 3. And to work for myself & provide a income to aid in the care of my family, friends, loved ones, & any one I feel God is leading me to help.
So because of my needs my marketing & branding is different. I don't crave fame. I don't crave being wealthy (by world standards), I only crave to get you a message & make an income that will feed my family & provide to make more music and take care of the bills! any thing more than that is just God showing off (Bruce almighty)hahaha :)
So other artist regardless of faith I want to encourage you to just make the music you feel. Forget what people say you should do. You won't find the people waiting to support you if your not being YOU!
Today is a wonderful day to come to God if you haven't done so already. :)
The most powerful thing I learned from Jesus(my blog my personal opinion lol) is when Jesus was in the final moments of being crucified. When He was very much afraid of the burden that was coming but He prayed for the strength to do it. He prayed to be able to do His Father's will over His own in that moment.
We act like we are all slaves to what we feel. Our feelings make us do all sorts of things. But even though Jesus felt all that fear, He still did what He knew was right. Jesus showed us how to overcome feelings that want us to do the opposite of what God wants. Jesus shows us that God and His will must be chosen even when everything in our body may feel different. In those times its even more critical to strive for His will and not our own. Stop giving up on God just because....you feel like it. God bless you and I hope that this hits home with you the way it did with me or greater. See you on the next blog :)
I was taking my morning walk when something amazing happened....a REVELATION!!!!! This revelation is helping me stay motivated on this long road to becoming the artist I'm working toward being and I hope it can help you too in whatever area of your life it fits.
I was walking down the service road(on the side where cars can't travel of course lol)and the road I was walking on is under-construction. It was a very long straight away as far as my eyes could see. It was nothing in the way, no unfinished parts, holes, or anything of the sort. Two lanes free of traffic so I started to play a game with myself lol. I would walk with my eyes closed lol.
Now what I noticed was as long as my eyes were open I felt fine, confident, and I could walk down the empty two-lane straight away without a care in the world. When I closed my eyes and walked down that same road I had a much different experience. I began to feel intense fear! Fear of a car coming down this side of the road by mistake and running me over. Fear that I was walking into one of the side barriers that divide the unfinished service road from the active part of the service road. I could feel the slightest imbalance in my walk. The wind seemed to push me off the straight path that I remembered in my mind before closing my eyes and made me nervous and so on...
What I noticed is that I tend to get fearful with my music career the same way when I can't see where I'm going. Its not that I forgot where I was going or even lost direction, because I knew like walking the service road all I really need to do is walk striaght. As far as I could see nothing was in the way yet the longer I walk with my eyes closed I became uncertain of what I just saw in full 15 seconds ago lol. And when things get at a point in your career where things get stale and seem slow and unproductive, even though you are doing everything you know you need to do. Its something about when you can no longer SEE results that makes you become unsure of the most well laid out plan.
It will be times where we must walk in faith during our mission of doing that career you are passionate about. Know that on your journey things will look hopeless in spots! When things start looking hopeless or when you can't see where you're going, it don't matter that you know where you're going, FEAR WILL SETTLE IN AND MAKE YOU DOUBT A PLAN YOU ALREADY SAW IN FULL. I could open my eyes at anytime and get the reassurance that everything was still the way I saw it 15 seconds ago, but life is not that luxurious. In fact, when we can get that refresher we need when we want it we can honestly destroy our goals trying to walk in that fear that not being able to see can cause. So trust God, trust your plan, and constantly remind yourself that you believe in the road you are walking and ignore the fear and keep moving forward. May God bring shalom into your homes and call you to His service. By: Orev Shalom