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JAY POD

Jonathan Guzman (a.k.a. Jay Pod) grew up in the streets of Lawrence, Massachusetts. He did not grow up in a religious household, nor did he ever have any understanding of who God is.

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Generally quiet and reserved, Jay Pod developed a deep connection to music and was never seen without his I-pod and headphones blaring. People started to call him Jay Pod for this very reason. The name stuck. Zoned out to music he could relate to, Jay Pod viewed it as a means of an escape from all life’s chaos. When he was not isolated from the world with music, Jay Pod was introduced to a false hope in drugs and a life of stealing to add to his escape. After meeting his best friend, Mario Filpo (a.k.a Anomolous), Jay Pod’s love for music only intensified. The two began writing music together and poured out their pain and stress into their songs. After much inspiration and collaborating, the duo eventually formed the group “Street Rhymaz,” merely adding to the music industry’s senseless noise of drugs and violence. Never fully satisfied, and almost at the point of dropping out of school, Jay Pod was destroyed one day by the power of the Gospel and soon after surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. It was not too long after Anomolous would follow in his footsteps. Jay Pod now channels his passion to write songs that share his story, in hopes that those seeking an escape from all of life’s doubts and troubles as he once did, will be impacted by the message that forever changed his life.


Your all I live for (prod by Skrip)

(Verse 1)
Thinking back to them old days baggy clothes with them fresh jays!
Straight out the north from that Lawtown down south to that Florida state yea
Met a new cat like who that stepping in with them dope sound white tees and them nike's
Thats white on white on the up towns yea
Never had that dough
So he rocked them things till they creased up
And then he learned the drug game and learned to chase fame before he learned about Jesus
What a shame, started out stealing ended up on the block dealing others like no hope with him another lost case so just forget him killing all in his raps
And if there's beef then let the guns clap
Yea his old tracks used to sound like this until he met The Lord and now he sounds like this

(Hook 1)
Your all I live for live for
Yea your all I live for live for
Used To live for the streets like

(Verse 2)
Everybody knows a bad chick
And I remember one I tried to get with!
But I got denied and she told me that we could be friends!
Dang yea I got played ok
Let me tell you how her story ends
Straight As on them school days  catch her clubbing on the weekends!
And she loving it, out with a group of her bad friends
That attention they getting it
And that's every place that they stepping in
So it's what they living for
And they popping it and they getting low to they favorite song
And if you ask them it ain't nothing wrong they just having fun
But then one day she met The Lord and never been the same
Left the life of the club to live for that name yea that song changed like!

(Hook 2)
Your all I live for live for
Yea your all I live for live for
Used to live for the club like
But now!

Introducing L Jaye

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Born in Germany and raised in Atlanta, Ga, Lawrence James, better known as L Jaye had always known he was blessed with the gift to sing and write. The son of a Pastor and Evangelist, L Jaye possessed something greater than talent, he possess the anointing of God, which allowed his voice to be used as God’s instrument to usher in the Spirit, Glory and Move of God where ever he ministered in songs, whether it was in the church, singing competitions or on the streets.
However, L Jaye decided that he wanted to pursue a career in the secular world of R&B,where he was privileged to work with some of the music industry’s biggest R&B and Pop artists and producers, such as singer T-Boz from the hit group TLC, mega hit producer Dallas Austin (Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, Aretha Franklin) and producer Rondeau “Duke” Williams(Teddy Riley & Blackstreet, Mya, Bobby Valentino and Hamilton Park). L Jaye also opened up for R&B star and now Gospel artist Kelly Price and performed at the Historic Apollo Theatre where he won over the tough audience and the competition.


L Jaye began working on his solo debut R&B album but God had a different plan. After getting into trouble and hanging on the streets of West Atlanta and rebelling against his parents request to get back into the church and singing Gospel. L Jaye found himself in trouble several times with the law and eventually was incarcerated. L Jaye could no longer run from his calling and felt the presence of the Lord in his jail cell. It was there in that cell, where he wrote his Hit single “Before I Was Saved” a story of his testimony. L Jaye re-dedicated his life to the Lord and vowed to do God’s work and promised to fulfill his parent’s wishes.

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After being released from jail and exonerated of all charges, L Jaye began attendingLightHouse Ministries in Atlanta, GA where God began to pour into his spirit and awaken the call to worship that was laying dormant for all these years. L-Jaye began to offer his musical talents and became the leader of the praise team.  As he operated in this position he found that his drive and motivation to sing, write and perform R&B was fading away.


As L-Jaye found himself basking in the presence of God, his heart began to fill up with songs that were birthed from his struggles, pain, defeat and victories. Realizing that so many can relate to his story but are not connected to the Lord, L Jaye decided to get back into the studio to record his Gosporational album “Before I Was Saved” in an effort to Reach The Unreached on his own label JayeHill Records he founded with his partner and music industry veteran Bobby Hill, former Vice President of Maurice Starr Enterprises (New Edition and New Kids On The Block). L Jaye also enlisted producer, friend and long time collaborator Rondeau “Duke Williams to produce several of the songs on the album, as well as Courtney “CL” Horton (Deitrick Haddon and Damitia Haddon) and Larry “Detroit” Nix (R. Kelly & Gucci Man) to bring an Gospel, R&B, Pop and Hip Hop influenced sound to compliment his message and lyrics to Reach the Unreached by giving them a familiar sound to deliver the word of God and using the devil’s platform to do God’s work to reach the masses and bring them into the Kingdom.

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Christian music loses meaning when artists focus on sales, says Kirk Franklin


Kirk Franklin honored legendary songwriter Andrae Crouch and compared the gospel music industry during his time and now.

American artist Kirk Franklin recently opened up about the pitfalls of the gospel music industry in an article on the Patheos website honouring the late gospel musician and pastor Andrae Crouch.

Franklin, who popularised the songs "I Smile" and "Every Day With Jesus", revered Crouch as "the greatest songwriter in the history of gospel music." The legendary songwriter, 72, died on January 8 after suffering a heart attack.

He compared the music made during Crouch's time and now, and lamented that the musical impact differs greatly because people's priorities are now apparently mixed with their own personal agenda. Instead of worshipping and honouring God, he feels artists focus too much on record sales and worldwide recognition.

"Our music doesn't affect people the way it used to. It doesn't create movements like it did during Andrae's time," Franklin wrote. "Is it because today's worship leader is too busy trying to get the record deal, the applause, a higher church salary, and that crossover song? (The guilt is all over my hands, people!)"

"Every step we take away from the cross — and the cross alone – every time we focus on sales over souls… the goal gets lower and lower," he added.

Franklin has special memories of Crouch. As a youngster, he first heard of the songwriter only after someone said that he might just become "the next Andrae Crouch" because of his talent.

"Even though I was a young musician who got his chops growing up in the black church, I was influenced by hip hop, and R&B. But little did I know that the name Andrae Crouch was as big as many other names in popular music, and his influence was felt all of ever the globe," noted Franklin. "His pen became the sword that erased racial and cultural barriers within the birth of the JESUS MOVEMENT in the 70's. No matter your color or denomination, the soundtrack of your church life was Andrae Crouch."

Crouch, a seven-time Grammy Award winner, was the genius behind gospel hits like "Jesus Music" and "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power." He also directed the choir featured in Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" and Madonna's "Like a Prayer."