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Here’s the latest from the crossroads of faith, media & culture: 04/16/21
How did a young a young college dropout from Brunswick, GA go from earning money scrubbing toilets at a Publix to (seemingly) suddenly becoming a breakout hip hop artist? For twenty-two year old Christopher Hulvey (aka Hulvey), the answer comes town to a mixture of God-given talent, hard work and faith. BRKNHRT, his Reach Records label debut, dropped in 2020 and immediately garnered him national praise and attention. In 2020 Pandora called him a Christian Artist to Watch. That same year his recordings of Higher and Real Love were featured on VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Atlanta in 2020. His song Cold Blooded was featured on the ABC police drama The Rookie.
Of course, shortly after the release of BRKNHRT, the world shut down in response to a global pandemic. Having to put his dream of touring and performing on hold, Hulvey, like many other people, found himself secluded from his friends and family. The social isolation forced him to face his insecurities and fears and surrender them to God. It’s from that experience that his debut album, which dropped last Friday, was born. Our conversation begins after the video for the lead-off track Can’t Tell It All.
JWK: In a relatively short period of time you’ve gone from scrubbing toilets for a living to being signed by Reach Records and being named “Christian artist to watch in 2020” by Pandora. What was that journey like?
Hulvey: My journey has been one of persistence and that helped me to continue to do what God put it on my heart. With BRKNHRT, the EP, God put that on my heart before I even signed to Reach Records. I would just go work on music every week and so persistence helped me get to where I’m at. It was also believing what God put in me regardless of what I see and being who I am made to be; believing in the message that God put in me to communicate and that played a role in getting me to where I am because I didn’t compromise.
Hulvey: I believe music can point people to The Healer! He has used it for me when I’ve been through hard times and also when I just want to praise Him.
Hulvey: I hope they realize they can be free from whatever they feel chained to and that their new identity is truly in Christ.
Hulvey: Right now, other than releasing the album, I’m getting married to my beautiful fiancée, and other than that, I have no clue. I’m taking one day at a time. I just want to trust God with today.
Congratulations to my friend Margaret “Peggy” Kim who was named to Nonprofit HR’s 2021 Nonprofit Women to Watch List for exhibiting “extraordinary leadership, unwavering dedication and impactful achievements.” Her FUTURE NOW Media & Entertainment Conference is celebrating its 5th anniversary with an event that will include Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, producer and playwright Tina Fey sharing her personal career journey, as well as her thoughts on the current entertainment landscape, and what it takes to succeed in the business. For details on applications for attendance click here.
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Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11