We all have that catalyst moment, that one situation that makes us turn to God and forces us to weigh our life, the one we have vs. the one we know we ought to have. For DeAndre, it was his parents’ divorce.
Now a 23-year old father and husband, DeAndre grew up not only with music in his house, but with a true resident DJ. His father, a working DJ “always had gigs, but [they were] so diverse. Some days it was country, some days it was gospel, some days it was hip hop, some days it was R&B.”
The divorce happened during his last year of high school, and although he looked for a way out of the stress that came from seeing his family separate, he figured “there’s gotta be more in life than what I’m living for. Chasing this girl, chasing that high, I thought a night out with the fellas would just do I but was never satisfied.”
That is when he remembered the church days. His childhood days that taught him that when things got hard, when he was going through difficult situations, he could and should go to God. So he did and that’s when things started turning around for him and his music. “ I got plugged in at Calvary Chapel (Kendall) and I just started growing from there.”
Before that, DeAndre was already writing music. “I was always writing secular music and selling it to R&B groups, trying to make money off of it.” Part of his growth with God, though, was taking a step back from secular music, and stepping into music that glorified Him.
At the age of 21 he found himself distracted from work, just like every other creative person does. He found himself “writing little rhymes instead of focusing on my job, and it just kept calling me and calling me.” So without previous access to beats or equipment, he decided take his passion serious and make a commitment to what he knows how to do best, music.
Two years later, he’s now getting ready to release his first mix tape. A combination of original songs and covers, including secular ones “with a twist.” Songs that will not only talk about Jesus, but also about hope and life. There’s even a song called CHANGE, which he wrote about his parents’ divorce.
The mix tape may be his first project, but that doesn’t mean it lacks any bit of quality and renowned producers. He worked with Grammy award winning producer Tyshane Thompson, Black Knight, Big Juice and DBC for this project.
Showing his excitement about the project DeAndre said he “spent a lot of time, a lot of passion, wrote a lot of songs that didn’t even make it to the mix tape. I’m excited to hear the feedback.”
Although the mix tape is not out yet, DeAndre is already working on his first EP, a production that’s already getting buzz from some of his close childhood friends, one of which gave him all the beats for it. His friend was encouraged by what he’s doing so “he was just like ‘I just want to bless you with this’ and those beats cost a lot of money, but God is working.”
His support system includes wife, Yajaida Lundy, who met DeAndre while still in high school. “My wife is very supportive of what I do. I spend a lot of our money on my music and for her to just be behind it, that really chokes me up some times because I don’t deserve a woman like this. I’m happy that God has blessed me with a woman like Yajaida.”
DeAndre will be the opening performance for concert closing the three day conference, Life In 6 Words. He’ll be performing alongside Propaganda, Odd Thomas and miami-native Authentik.
You can listen to his music on soundcloud at http://soundcloud.com/deandremuzik