Paige, who said he works with youth ministry at Christ Vision Community Church in Lockport, ásaid he will perform in Florida next month and that he also has shows booked in Las Vegas, Texas and Wisconsin.
“Never in a million years did I expect this,” he said.
He is also planning a tour of Joliet churches and organizations that serve youth.
And he’s still working in a warehouse and he’s still recording CDs.
“I’m just trying to help in the community as much as I can,” Paige said. “The church events are all free; the CDs are all free, even if they offer me cash. As of right now, I want to do everything for free, especially for my hometown…it molded my story; it pretty much made me who I am.”
But now Paige is having co-workers tell him, “I listened to your CD and stopped driving and smoking,” Paige said.
He's happy his music is affecting them.
“It’s playing a big part in their lives,” Paige said of his gospel rap ministry.
Paige said gospel rap is slowly being mainstreamed into more churches alongside other genres of Christian music. Seniors especially enjoy the way Paige integrates scripture into his music, Paige said.
He’s also working on starting is own record label BGB (Blessed By God) to record, not only his music, but the music of other gospel rap artists.
But throughout all these plans, Paige keeps one precept in mind.
“I rap for the unchurched,” Paige said. “And the reason I say this is because, if you read anything about Jesus performing miracles, it was never in a church setting, it was always in the street. I plan on reaching the sinners, the people who need to hear a life-changing story.”
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