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JayMay

“Then I seen the sacrifice and what he did for me /His compassion and his love reached back when I was deemed. A failure and messed up written off from my story/Now I am saved and it was all For His Glory”JayMay – lyrics from the song “For His Glory”Decisions guide us and it is through a series of them that we will reach our dreams, desires and destiny or fail to do so within our lives.  Making a decision for Christ will create conflict with an un-renewed mind, but will bring contentment when seen in light of your past mistakes, flaws and missteps.  The third full length release “For His Glory” by JayMay embarks on the journey of making one of the greatest decisions a person can make.  With memorable choruses and sing along hooks, he expresses a life changing message through the medium of rap.  On the fast paced hypnotic sound of “God Did It”, JayMay unapologetically explains the change that has occurred in his life leaving only God to blame.  “I Am”, a bass heavy rhythmic track that provokes people to encourage themselves in the Lord while pushing them to be bold in who they are in Christ.  Songs such as “All I Want” and the title track “For His Glory” displays his ability to go beyond just the Hip Hop/Rap genre.  This album takes a simple but effective approach in sharing the good news of the Gospel while completing the task of being “For His Glory”.JayMay was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan to a blue collar middle class family.  From an early age he learned the value of hard work and education in a structured environment.  He was brought up to attend church, pray and serve the Lord, but the allure of the streets, money, girls and fame captivated him as a young man.  His involvement with criminal activities, drugs and alcohol would dominate his time and waste much of his younger years.  He attended Cass Tech Technical High School for three years but unfocused attention led to his dismissal.  He eventually would graduate from Henry Ford High School before making a decision to join the United States Army.Always one to write, JayMay began creating rhymes at the age of 16.  He participated with several groups rapping at clubs and bars with a message that appealed to the traditional hip hop/rap culture.  In 2001 all of that would dramatically change once the entrance of God’s word came into his life.  After becoming born again he began serving the Lord enthusiastically; serving on various ministries within the church, JayMay knew his true purpose in life was found in Christ.  During this time a friend introduced him to rap that glorified God.  He’d never heard of this style of music, but was quickly engulfed in its positive life changing message and how it appealed to his new lifestyle.  This and hearing the word of God on a continual basis would lead to him destroying all of his secular music and focusing more of his attention surrounded by things that displayed God’s word.Knowing that rap music could be used for the purposes of God, he began to write after a friend asked him to come up with a verse for a song titled “Do You Believe”.  This would become the first Christian rap verse that he’d ever written and it began to spark up a passion and desire to carry out the call God placed on his life to create God glorifying music.  In 2004 he launched Double Edge Sword Records and through that venture released two albums “Double Edge Sword” and “We Live Praise” and an extended play, “The Winter Classics EP”.  The label also released albums by artists S.O.C.O.M., Da Clay, UnknowN, Ghostwriters and Ferb. His ground breaking song “Throw Em Off” has earned spots on the nationally released compilation album Holy Hip Hop Volume 5 and the Holy & Crunk Volume 1.JayMay has shared the stage with many nationally known recording artists such as Mary Mary, Skillet, Canton Jones, Lecrae, tobyMac, Jeremy Camp, Tedashii, Group 1 Crew, Da T.R.U.T.H, K-Drama, Flame and many more.  He is a graduate of Colorado Christian University with a concentration in biblical studies which has helped him to further develop within his ministry.  He is married with two children and still serves as an active duty Soldier in the United States Army.

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