Who is Adalid ... The Next Eminem of Gospel? White Gospel Rapper, Adalid, Shares About His Road to Discovering True Identity
Contact: Greg Kelley, 502-851-4074, firstname.lastname@example.org
NASHVILLE, Jan. 28, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Visit whoisadalid.com and you will quickly discover that besides his fair skin and unique stage name, Adalid (pronounced Add-uh-lee) has little in common with the infamous Marshall Mathers, better known as Eminem. However, take the time to listen to his latest album "Starvin" and your ears will undoubtedly be glued to the speakers.
From Holy Hip Hop enthusiasts to the average rap fan, listeners will find themselves bobbing their heads to the lyrics of this gifted artist.
So who is Adalid you ask? To answer that question, you have to press rewind and head back to the humble beginnings of this now anointed man of God.
Adalid was born and raised in New Orleans, LA where he was exposed to the Hip Hop culture at an early age. "I would go over to my cousins' house and watch BET all day," said Adalid with his slow, Southern drawl. "That's when I first took a real interest in rap."
Though interested, Adalid said it wasn't until high school that he truly began exercising the craft. "People say I'm pretty laid back now, but I was actually kind of shy back in the day," said the surprisingly quiet 27-year-old. "But I started freestyling and battling like in the cafeteria line at school, and folks started coming up to me telling me how good I was."
Those word seeds planted in Adalid eventually grew into pride and selfish ambitions. The young hustler began recording mixtapes and distributing them locally in hopes of landing a record deal. Despite his efforts, he found little success until surrendering his life to Christ and discovering the true purpose of his talent and abilities.
Ironically, Adalid got born again at the funeral of a high school associate. "To be honest, I didn't even know the person that well," said the unashamed carrier of the gospel. "But when I heard how they had lived for Christ, I knew I needed to make a change. My fiancée Crystal and I both received Jesus as our Lord and Savior."
Two short months after this life-changing experience, New Orleans endured one of the most catastrophic natural disasters to ever hit the United States -- Hurricane Katrina. Due to unbelievable circumstances, Adalid and his fiancée were forced to relocate. Led by the Holy Spirit, they ended up in the unlikely town of New Albany, IN -- 700 miles from family, friends and the home they had always known. It was there that Adalid married Crystal and began to grow in his relationship with the Lord.
After staying in New Albany for nearly 2 years, he and his wife headed south to Louisville, KY where they discovered the ministry in which they are now both heavily involved. In addition to ministering to the youth on a weekly basis, Adalid travels the country ministering the Gospel through music.
"It's a blessing to work with someone as talented, yet humble as he is," said Adalid's manager Greg Kelley. "His life is truly a testimony of Romans 8:28, 'We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.'"
The anointed lyricist was recently a guest on "The Dorinda Show" where the official music video for his hit single "Music" was debuted. Adalid has also shared the stage with artists such as Lecrae, FLAME, Tedashii, K-Drama and countless other trailblazers; many of which inspired him years ago to rap for Christ. "When I first got saved, I didn't know anything about Gospel Rap," said Adalid, who preferred listening to Mase (before his conversion to Christianity) and other East Coast rappers. "Then one of my homeboys put me on to Lecrae and the 116 crew. I was like 'this is what I'm talking about right here!'"
Despite his admiration for certain Gospel rappers, Adalid has managed to remain true to himself and to the gifts God has placed inside of him. His unique blend of East Coast and Southern rapping styles put him in a category of his own; not to mention Adalid's uncanny ability to spit quality lyrics that break the unfortunate stereotypes of Christian rappers.
"My name is Spanish for leader or champion," said Adalid, whose biological father is from Honduras. "And that's who I've become in Christ. It's in Him that I've found my true identity."
Adalid is currently promoting his latest project "Starvin" which is now available on iTunes. For booking information and available dates, contact Manager Greg Kelley at email@example.com. Also, log on to www.whoisadalid.com for music, photos and more news.