What happens when you take a foundation of hip-hop and add influences of rock, jazz, pop, and indie styles? You’ll find inspirational hip-hop artist Joshua Crum aka J. Crum. The midwest based musician is breaking out the box of your typical rap music. Josh began writing lyrics at age 16, and dropped his first mixtape at age 17. Since 2005, He has been actively pursuing his music ministry and career. He has added singing and worship leading to his forte and has been combining those aspects to his ministry since 2008. The inspiration for his sound is very widespread, ranging from Florence + The Machine to Lupe Fiasco; from Kanye West to Fall Out Boy. Crum serves as Co-Worship Leader at G2:20 Youth Ministry, and although he’s unrestricted as a musician and artist, his passion lies in creating powerful counterculture music for his generation.
J. Crum is set to release his debut full length album titled, “Exhale” on May 7, 2013. The project is comprised with production from Grammy winning producer JR of SoHot Productions (Lecrae, Tedashii, Da T.R.U.T.H. and more), Grammy and Stellar nominated producer Marv Glaspie (Pro, Canton Jones, Tonic, K-Drama, Everyday Process and more), Grammy winning producer Wit of IQwitMusic (Lecrae, Dre Murray, KJ-52 and more) and Chrysbeats of Transformed Productions (Phanatik,Young Joshua and more). Crum is also working very closely with lead producer and mixologist Samuel Day, who helps ensure the original and eclectic sound showcased in the upcoming album. Experimenting with various genres such as, Rock, Pop, Reggae, Indie, Jazz, and Soul, Joshua Crum is stretching the boundaries of Hip-Hop and Contemporary Christian Music. His thought provoking lyrics and soulful melodies has captured audiences from all around the country.
Since releasing his free album titled, “Kingdom Minded” in 2010 it has received over 5,000 downloads and counting. Joshua has landed spots on radio podcasts, has been featured in online magazines and has performed all over the country. His newest single, “Not A Prisoner” was selected for DaSouth.com’s Under The Radar 4 Compilation hosted by the amazing DJ Wade-O. He has shared the stage with Christian music greats such as, Trip Lee, Derek Minor, KB, Manafest, Worth Dying For, PlanetShakers, KJ-52, Altarmotive, Watersedge, and more.
Having the understanding that there are no limits, Crum also has the understanding that he will never arrive. So he continues to work his craft, always seeking to get better at what he does. Continuing to try to discover new sounds and genres that he can change and adapt to his own style. His love and passion for God, people, and music is evident in his new project and while it may not change the world as we know it. It will touch it!
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Produced by: J.R.
CD Name: Exhale
CD Release Date: May 7, 2013
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