Gospel Cyclist vs Speez - "Locked In" SOLO SESSION

Some people feel closer to God in church, others in quiet moments alone. With Adrean, its when he is in the skate park, enjoying the gift of expression. He is an artist, you are an artist, we all called to create something with our gifts. Weather you are a teacher, a student, a musician or like me, every time we pull off that move we been working on…thats a hallelujah moment. Ride on!

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Be Kind, Rewind - Out NOW

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Be Kind, Rewind Vol.1 is out now! Messa and the team at ToneCrafters want to take the earliest opportunity to thank all the friends, family and fans who have been supporting us, by turning up to our gigs, buying our singles and showing love through your activity on social media, we don’t measure success through numbers, but by the small impact we make to you. Please let us know how this blesses you all.

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Messa Reveals Controversial Decision Between Integrity and Profit

The EP is almost here, and we already 3 songs into the Making of “Be Kind, Rewind” YouTube vlog series. Are you excited? So far we have learned about how Messa had issues with overthinking, the perils of seeking affirmation and in today’s episode we look at track number 3. Cant Serve Two.

As the title suggest Messa explores a biblical truth in Matt 6:24 where you cannot serve two masters. He searched his heart regarding music for the soul vs music for the wallet. He sought the help of two of Houston’s own creatives David Maldonado and Red Lion Poetry for a more dynamic production.

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Messa Talks About Track 2 "Feel It" in Vlog Part 3

The search for affirmation can be a perilous journey, that many artist struggle to find. While exploring the foundations of his musical tastes Messa camped at a Tribe Called Quest, he found his oasis. In reflection a story came out, sometimes that how songs emerged. Sometimes, you just have to jump out that plane and wait for the parachute to deploy. Thank God he did.

Houston native, Messa Montana continues his thoughts through music as he searched for affirmation, and how he found it when writing and producing track 2 "Feel It".

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Locked In and loaded: Speez Music Video and EP Launch date

Yesterday without warning we announced that Speez’s EP is coming here on ToneCrafters, today, we get to launch the music video for “Locked In”. This track will be on his upcoming EP “Loyalty to Royalty Vol. 1” which will be released March 1st 2019.

I get to be Steve Jobs with “but wait, there is more”…there is a simple competition to win a Speez Gospel Geek T-shirt just like one in the video.

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Speez Declares Loyalty to Royalty in Vol.1

Oh Yes, another ToneCrafters release to be announced this week, and why not?  Regular subscribers to this blog know we love music, you love music and we got so much music to come out this year. So let’s get started. Ladies and gentlemen…Speez.

So here it is, third EP from the label and today’s spotlight is on Speez.  Seasoned rapper from Virginia Beach who combines unwavering thought provoking biblical truths with inspiring life application that would appeal to all of student age through to those who have grown up with 90s hip hop and RnB.  The only producer with a gold disk on the label who artfully weaves trap beats, boom-bap grooves and soulful attention grabbing sounds.

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Overthinking with Messa Montana - Track 1

I don’t know about you, but I love it when artists explainer videos. Sometimes its great to understand the nuances easily missed and discover the back story to a verse or hook. In this video Messa Montana talks about the first track on the album “Overthinking”. If you haven’t seen that video then you get another chance in this email,

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Yahweh Collective Encourages You to “Speak Loud” at GoBU

Same night, same theme, different set. Yahweh Collective took to the same stage as with fellow label mate Chans Thomas to provide song responding to social justice for GoBU’s thematic Creative Liturgy event.

Personally I couldn’t believe Keeso was in the front on his feet after being shot at work just 4 weeks ago!  Read that story here.

YC want you to know that this song is an answer to pain and frustration often found at the epicenter of the subject. True hope can be found even at the eye of any storm, the gospel provides sufficient answers that unifies. They believe that you will find true harmony in community if we speak up for peace instead of being silent with indifference.

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Chans Responds to Social Injustice With "Let Me Find Thee"

Let Me Find Thee | Indelible Grace Music [Chans Thomas Cover]

Chans Thomas was asked to respond to themed creative liturgy night in Houston for GoBU recently. The theme was Social Injustice and Chans had chosen to sing a song in response to the subject “Broken vs Bitterness”. Ultimately, social injustice is another manifestation of sin, so the only adequate response for our brokenness is to stand before a holy God in view of what gospel promises.

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The Making Of "Be Kind, Rewind Vol 1." Artwork

Its out now! Purchase the pre-release for “Be Kind, Rewind Vol. 1” by Messa Montana and get “Overthinking” today!

Messa Montana shares his inspiration behind the design and experience working alongside popular Houston muralist Marked By Jake. There are a lot of attention to detail that went into the artwork for his upcoming EP "Be Kind, Rewind". A must watch.

Check out the video and pre-order “Be Kind Rewind Vol 1” EP today!

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More Chans Of Neo Soul

From singing at a Stellar Gospel Award event at age 14 to finally releasing her debut EP on ToneCrafters, the long arduous journey for Chans Thomas proves her faith through years of patience, persistence and prayer and it all comes to an end this month.  Her first project is called ”The Cultured Christ” featuring the incredible Live Out Loud Band, and is almost upon us, at last!

I think it’s well worth the wait, craft like this takes time, however, Chans WILL completely disagree with me here lol!  Trust me, I get it, she has creative ideas in abundance and that is her burden...and what a cross to bear.  Artists like her are called to create and are often burdened with glorious purpose. To referee between logic and emotion, discern between sanity and vanity all the while crediting God for the reason for the hope as the quality of their artistry permeates.

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The Weird and Wonderful World Of InderPaul's "Fountain Pen"

Inderpaul’s “Fountain Pain” song is one of the most lyrically ethereal he has made, yet! - Calvin FOOD Venus

Don’t take our word on it, go check it out for yourself below. Those that have heard it already may find it a little difficult to grasp exactly what happened for InderPaul to consider stabbing his neck with a pen…and thats the point.

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Messa Asks you to "Be Kind, Rewind".

This incredible cover art done by Houston native, muralist Jacob. It captures everything you come to expect from Messa Montana, nostalgic 90s beats, pocket grooves, hypnotic melodies and a modern back-packer rap flow. There are no rhymes for the sake of riddling here…genuine honesty, integrity and introspective thought processes.

All beats are produced by Messa himself, whilst the vocal production, mixing and mastering was done at the new SafeHouse Recordings studio by ToneCrafters CEO and studio owner Calvin FOOD Venus.

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