Fortunately, on Bold, Uncle Reece isn’t confined to a Church, and there are no boundaries when it comes to his praise. To put it bluntly, this ain’t your grandmother’s Gospel music. On his first single, “Until I Pass Out,” Uncle Reece belts out heartfelt vocals over an uptempo, drum-heavy beat, produced by the Grammy Award winning Jon Jon Traxx (Beyonce, Brandy, and Sugarland). “I’m aggressive, athletic and energetic, even when I worship God,” says Reece, whose musical persona isn’t much different from his worship style. “When I would go to Church, I would go to the front and start jumping around like I’m at a concert, and everybody would be looking at me like I’m crazy,” he says. “We should all be able to express the way we love God. I lift my hands, I like to scream. That’s the way I experience God.”
Musically, Uncle Reece teamed up with his childhood friends, the Trump Boys, who have worked with T-Pain, Bobby Valentino and others for Bold. With an energetic vocal presence and an undeniable Hip-Hop swag—not to mention, a head full of dreads, Uncle Reece resembles more of a rapper than a Gospel artist. “I’m not a Churchy person. I’m not a religious person,” he admits. “I’m probably going to get swallowed up in Gospel.” But Uncle Reece is helping to usher in a new breed of Gospel artists, one that grew up on Hip-Hop and speaks to a younger generation, but one that also happens to be Christian. “I’m a fan of Drake. I’m a fan of T.I. and I’m definitely a fan of Kanye, Jay-z; an the Notorious BIG. I’m inspired by OutKast, but I’m also inspired by Hillsong, LeCrae, and of course, Kirk Franklin,” he says. This blended influence can be heard on songs like the uplifting “Creation” and the sentimental “Have Your Heart,” where Uncle Reece spits his lyrics over a more traditional Gospel sound.
Uncle Reece’s story is a testament to how God’s presence can change someone’s life. After he got saved, he enrolled in Florida State, and became a VP in the student government. He earned a 3.8 GPA and graduated with an Associates’ Degree in Mathematics. “At that time in my life, I had just given my life to God, and music represented a lot of stuff I wanted to get away from. I associated music with the things I had left behind,” he reveals. Taking a hiatus from even listening to music, Uncle Reece started the T-shirt company, “Without Jesus I Suck!” that has over 292,000 Facebook fans, was featured on CNN, FOX News, and has been endorsed by the likes of Mary-Mary, Donnie McClurkin and Tye Tribbett. Eventually, Uncle Reese figured out that he didn’t have to leave the music alone—in fact, he could make his own music, on his own terms. Now, having already broken through the Gospel Billboard charts (the independently released “Until I Pass Out” reached #21), Uncle Reece message is bold enough to go where many other artists, especially rappers, have been afraid to go. “A lot of people who listen to Rap can’t accept a positive message through that art form. I come rapping bout Jesus, and they not even gonna listen. But as time progresses, gospel rap is going to get bigger.” You better believe.
-Written By Kimberly Osorio