For years now the Gospel rap genre has been kept in a box of limitation. Most audiences convey the culture with remixing popular songs such as O.T. Genesis “Coco” and remixing the lyrics to being in love with the Holy Ghost. The Gospel rap culture has continued to remain in the shadows of its sibling Gospel Music and it’s legendary singers such as Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, and Kirk Franklin. Every now and again artist such as these will feature songs that display just a glimmer of Gospel rap, but none that would shine a spotlight on the culture.

But like all music, the genre must change and grow in order to survive. For the past 5 years, that culture has been brewing underground and shaping itself to become a contender in the genre of music. The culture of Gospel rap has taken a new outlook towards expressing the joy of God and others by creating a platform that all audiences can enjoy. The center of this movement continues to grow in the heart of Houston, Texas with new artist stepping forward and grabbing the reigns of this culture. One in particular is Houston Native Corey Paul and his Front Line Movement. Corey Paul and the Front Line movement have taken the aspect of hard core rap and created a new sound that anyone hip hop enthusiast can enjoy. With the mixture of “Trap” influenced beats and a unified message that speaks of positivity and growth, Corey Paul has found the perfect combination in taking Gospel rap out of the shadows and making it a top contender with main stream music.

Corey Paul Davis is a Houston native through and through. Raised in South Park—a neighborhood where more than 40% of the residents are high school dropouts—the story unfolding in those streets gives him a lot to rap about.

Growing up, Corey met his biological father only a few times, ever. It was his strong mother and his stepfather, who became a crack cocaine addict that raised him. When he was sober, things were great; but when he needed that high, or worse, actually got high; he was abusive in all respects, physically, verbally, and mentally. Corey remembers vividly the abuse he and his mother had to suffer. He was only six when his stepfather burned his mother with an iron and oftentimes left her black-eyed. Two abusive years later, his mother had enough, stood her ground and shot him in the leg. Corey watched his stepfather bleed out on the floor right in front of him. The next year Corey’s stepfather took his life and hung himself in the attic. Corey was nine years old when that happened, so he was desensitized to violence and abuse at a very young age.

Desperately searching for something to believe in, something to hope in, he embraced Houston’s drug culture, street life and “chopped and screwed” music scene. He spent several years in the game trying to fill voids in his life from childhood, but no dice. As the story often goes, a close friend changed his life forever by simply inviting him to church. Neither of them knew it at the time, but that encounter with the Lord Jesus changed everything. Corey found a hope he’d never before seen for himself, his family or his neighborhood. From then, he used the same music he’d fallen in love with and this new found hope in Jesus to start “Frontline Movement.”

Corey Paul has already drawn appeal, being given the privilege to perform at Austin’s world-renowned SXSW music festival, alongside collaborating with noted artists, This’l and now label mates, Dre Murray and Alex Faith.

Corey independently released his debut album, “Grace Love Mercy” back in the summer of 2013, which debuted #39 on the Gospel Billboard Charts. Married to his wife Summer, a serving member at his church—Resurrection Houston—and now the newest member on Collision Records, the future for this “South Park” survivor has only just begun.

Recently Corey Paul signed with Collision Records and Empire distribution. A rep from the company had this to say:

Collision Records is pleased to announce the newest member to the family, Corey Paul. We’re happy to have him on the team and look forward to the passion, skill, diversity and honest story he brings to the team. Give him a shout, and welcome him with us on his social media @coreypaulmusic (IG, FB, Twitter).

Corey also recently released a new single under the label entitled “Momma We Made it” which you can check out below. We are sure to here more from this artist and the movement that follows.

 

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