DETROIT—Multi-faceted hip hop lyricist/singer/spoken word artist, Kiwi releases her debut full length project, “Handwritten”. The CD is a thought-provoking collection of songs that are uplifting to people of all ages. Kiwi discusses very personal subjects on “Handwritten” in an effort to reach the listener and encourage them as they go through life’s challenges. As she reveals her bouts with suicide, depression and a pregnancy outside of marriage, Kiwi has been a source of inspiration for others to overcome any obstacle they face. “Handwritten” can be purchased on iTunes.com, Amazon.com, Rhapsody.com and KiwiOnline.net.
Kiwi is no stranger to the hip hop world. She has appeared on more than 10 projects including the critically acclaimed hip hop compilation, “Pure Gospel, Pure Flava”, and has been featured on CDs with Rhythm & Praise artists such as Platinum Souls and Mahogany Jones. Kiwi says, “’Handwritten’ has been in the works for some time and now that it’s finally here, I feel like I just gave birth! Sometimes I listen to it and let the lyrics minister back to me; God is so awesome. The experiences I wrote about, the tears, the prayers, the struggles…I now see why I went through them and it was worth it! ”
Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard, Host/Producer of “Strong Inspirations” on FM 98 WJLB-Detroit says, “‘Handwritten’ has it all: a skillful blend of scriptural truths, memorable lyrics, and singable hooks on tracks like ‘Away’ that pull in every segment of my listening audience.” Dr. Pollard has been a huge supporter of Kiwi’s ministry and is currently playing “Choices”, “Away” and “Hills” from the CD. Her show, “Strong Inspirations” is celebrating 15 years on the air and still controls the #1 position of the Sunday morning radio listening audience of 850,000+ Detroit residents.
Willie Mae McIver, a 29 year national radio broadcast veteran and National Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame inductee is also a supporter of Kiwi’s music. Ms. McIver is currently playing the single, “First Love” on her syndicated show, “Beyond the Praise” and says, “Kiwi has a refreshing, upbeat, contemporary sound that is sure to attract the young and young at heart. She has a unique blend of urban hip hop beats and harmony with biblically sound messages. Youth Pastors and Ministers of Music: this CD is ‘Handwritten’ for your youth.”
The CD’s other radio singles, “Choices”, “Away” and “Hills” have received airplay on Pastor Marvin L. Winans’ show, “Rhythm and Praise” which can be heard on WMXD 92.3 FM on Sunday mornings in Detroit. Kiwi has been a guest on his program three times although hip hop is not a genre usually played on the show. Winans is best known for his career with the legendary multi-GRAMMY-winning gospel group, The Winans, and is the Pastor of Perfecting Church in Detroit.
Her recent performance at Winans’ Perfecting Church, archived on the Kiwi313TV YouTube page (see link below) courtesy of WTBC Radio, showcased renditions of “Away” and “First Love”. You can watch how Kiwi’s personal testimony captures the attention of the entire congregation.
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To watch Kiwi minister live at Pastor Winans’ church, paste the following link into your browser: www.youtube.com/kiwi313tv
Now available on Itunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and www.kiwionline.net