That is a question that I have been trying to answer for a very long time. How do I identify myself as a person, as an artist, as a human being?
To answer the I am as a person, I could always give the biographical facts. Things like I was born in Euclid Ohio. Lived in Providence, Rhode Island for a time when I was small and then returned to Ohio. I could explain that throughout grade school I was bullied for just about anything imaginable and that my self-confidence and self-esteem was greatly diminished in that time. I loved music, but the art of poetry drew me in at a young age. I could say that I began my artistry at the age of seven and started traveling around that time as well. I could say that I have been blessed to be able to tour and to speak to generations since, but that would not help you understand who I am.
To give an overview of who I am as an artist, I could show you that I am a spoken word artist. I could always tell you who I have shared the stage with. Bands like Switchfoot, Mandisa, We as Human, Levi the Poet, and TobyMac would make that list. I could tell you that I am ranked 2nd in the country, and 3rd in the world behind in what I do. Between the time I was 10 and 16 I had fulfilled every bucket list item I could think of. I have had the honor of sharing my story with youth both my age and those of just about every other generation. None of these things, however would answer your original question. None of that will help you understand who I am and why I do what I do.
Who I am as a human however will help you understand where I find my identity. I am just a person who has been labeled by so many different things that for awhile I never could figure out who I was. When someone would pose the question that heads the top of this biography, I would never know how to answer. Yes, I am a spoken word artist who has been blessed to tour and have been published since I was seven. I share my story because I can personally attest to the fact that your story holds power. Throughout my time as an artist I have seen the power of God in stories. My mission is to show anyone looking for answers to their purpose that they are loved, that they are cherished, and that they are kept. Simply put, I am simply a perfectly broken person who serves a perfectly whole God.