I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Music and faith was always a part of my family and I was encouraged to use my gifts and not keep them to myself. I started playing the Saxophone in the 2nd grade and ever since then I’ve been playing and performing music. I transitioned to rap music and beat making, along with playing the guitar for praise and worship when I entered formation with the Salesians of Don Bosco in 2010. Throughout my time in formation, I was able to use my musical gifts and really blend them with my faith to reach out to the youth we served throughout the east coast and Canada. I met Br. Steve DeMaio when I entered and we formed the “Bosco Boys” and began to record music but didn’t take it “for real” at first. As we saw how vital Hip Hop was to the culture of the youth and to American culture in general we really ran with what the Holy Spirit was presenting us and we recorded an album with our most popular song “Who Says You Can’t Be A Saint?”. As I continued to discern I felt God was calling me to continue to serve Him and use my gifts but not necessarily in community life with the Salesians discerning the priesthood. In June of 2017, I left the formation program with the Salesians and began to work with Array of Hope – a ministry based out of Old Tappan, NJ that makes films and events and reaches out to families on the virtues of faith, hope, and love. I have been performing and speaking with Array of Hope for 5 years but now I am full time with them. I love to make beats, spit bars, and praise God.
I just wanted to say thank you for including the ‘charity dinner’ in this year’s convention programme and what a delight it was to mix and mingle with the likes of Diane Foley and our other international guests.