Dr. h.c min. Mag theol. Vrank-Michael G.,
ROCK & ROLL PREACHER,
Rockin´the Gospel and kickin´ass worldwide
ROCK & ROLL PREACHER and The A-MEN
(V-M.G., D: Voc., guit., harm.; Piotr Pete Black Iskrowicz, PL: Lead guit., MIke Watts, USA: Bass; Fritz KICK ASS Lucht, D: Lapsteel guit., guit., voc.; OMM Dicarlo, USA: Drums)
I ONCE UPON A TIME
the first chapter of a life story began - as most lives´ stories do- with the birth of Bro. V.-Michael MAD-later: DAD G.
It was a while ago in the midst of the woods of the Black Forest when the boy grew up playing early with many Rock, Blues and Jazz musicians who influenced him.
Being just a youngster he joined the local heroes live on stage and at studio recordings and soon became one of the most requested harmonica players.
II THE TALAR WAS TOO LARGE, THE CHURCH WALLS INSIDE TOO TIGHT, SO REACHED FAR OUT BEYOND THE CHURCH WALLS INTO THE WIDE WORLD....
Writing, performing, touring as "ROCK & ROLL PREACHER & POET" the mission goes on since 1984 when he started studying theology and graduating at the famous "Humboldt University" of Berlin between 1992 and `94 interrupting his exams for a live music tour and later graduating successfully as Magister theologiae.
He travelled and rocked many countries, cities and venues at Festivals (Harley Davidson Free Willy Run; Open airs in Crema, Milano, Piacenza, Padua, Wels, Linz, Munich; SWR 3 stage Stuttgart, St. Michaelis HH, SAT 1 Stage Rathausplatz , HH etc. pp.) with many friends among the greats of Rock, Blues, Jazz, Gospel (musicians of bands such as Judas Priest, James Kottak, Pawel Maciwoda (both Scorpions), Jethro Tull,Frank Zappa´s Mothers of Invention, Mick Taylor, Roy Harrington, Richard Howard (Sting), Jimi Black, Bob Lennox, Blondie Chaplin, Adam Bomb, Till Brönner, Hollywood star actor and songwriter Reiner Schoene, Queen Yahna, Donna Brown, Golden Gospel Singers, Franz De Byl, Vince Weber, Guitar Crusher, Eb Davis, Johnny Berlin and uncountable more .....
Performing in front of TV cameras he always refused to do commercial mainstream music just for success… The message combined with music he loves has alway been the most important thing to him.
Since 2003 he was nominated at least three or four times times as "Poet of the year" in the USA.
Noble House publishers N.Y., London, Paris asked permissinon to publish his lyrics in a poetry edition in the U.K. and the U.S....
Between 2005 and 2007 he used to be a protagonist in the LOLA (filmmaker Lothar Lambert) movie "As showtime goes by".
2010 RRP and band were the first Rock formation to perform at the opera house of Wroclaw together with a jewish classical ensemble and Queen Yahna´s Gospel group.
2014: RRP and his A-MEN were invitetd to headline the Indenpendence Day Festival in Dhaka in front of tens of thousands of people. A great honor for a christian preacher and rocker in a country with a majority of a muslim population.
Nov. 2015 U.S. music industry award winner for the best Rock song, ....
To be continued....(by God´s grace!) ;)
III WHAT IT´S ALL ABOUT - AND WHAT IT´S LIKE TO BE TO BE AN OUTSIDER
Being a christian preacher his vision is to reach out and touch the hearts of people with different cultural or religious backgrounds to share the love and goodness of God (who invented all kinds of good music, such as Rock & Roll,.... ; )
He had even some muslim bros. singing along "Halleluyah" performing the song "Universal ONE".....
There are not many christian artists who had that happen...
Musically his A-MEN-. all legendary Rock-, Blues-, Soul- and Funk musicians- and the RRP himself love to kick ass on a high level and thru different genres, preferably Rock `n Roll.
After lots of shows, recordings with many great and lots of "big name"
artists and after privatly messing up an almost marriage...- over all those years
"God´s love´s still on the horizon"
- looking back this is Bro. V.-Michael´s life confession (see song list) - every song has been written by life itself!!!
"The album "Berlin Baby Universe" was inspired by
"My Little Diva", Princess A., the youngest artists´ family member and her mommy. It´s a tribute to them and all the great people (friends & family - Mike Watts, Joe Dicarlo, Gay Frazier, Fritz Lucht, Queen Yahna, Jacqui Virgil, Frank Winkelmann, Holger Lewin, Ecki Schlatter, Holger Stähle and many more who supported me live on stage and at the studio recordings- including the Heavenly Daddy (we also call GOD- that´s not bis name but his "job") who never let me down...though I deserved something else" ;)) Amazing grace!!!
(Bro. V.-Michael MAD/DAD G., 2011).
IV TO BE CONTINUED BY THE GRACE OF THE LOVING GOD...
PS: I CONFESS:
Most of the recordings (except "God Bless You!!!" and "Take Care" haven´t even been rehearsed.
We never rehearsed before any gig but thank God, played and improvised always successfully and do so all the time!
We work without setlists to be able to act and react spontaneously on any situation in the audience and on stage.
So every gig is surprising us as well as our audiences and our personal play time record were 6hrs with one little break of 20-30 minutes and without repetion of even only a single piece....;)
That´s how God can work - no excuse for not practising or learning your job well!!! ;)
We all did that at least for decades...
All glory to God! :)
See more on :
www.soundcloud.com/rockrollpreacher (ROCK & ROLL PREACHER)
www.reverbnation.com/vmichaelg, V-Michael G , R & R PREACHER