Trip Lee's debut album, If They Only Knew, was released in 2006 and introduced hip-hop fans to his distinct southern sound, unique delivery and gospel-saturated lyrics. That same year, Trip was also featured on Lecrae's Dove Award-nominated hit single “Jesus Muzik.” His sophomore album, 20/20, was released in 2008, landing on the Billboard Top 200 and reaching #11 on the Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart and #4 on the Top Gospel Albums chart.
Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Trip Lee had dreams of being a professional athlete or famous rapper, and he began to hone his lyrical skills at the age of 12. “I rapped about random stuff, how hot I was, how many girls I could pull,” Trip says. But upon giving his life to Christ at age 14, his focus changed from fortune, fame and women to serving and ministering the Gospel.
“One day, I just decided, I’m only doing Christian hip-hop. Rappers like Ambassador and Da Truth helped provide a model for how I would begin to do that,” he says. Trip also had an immense desire to learn and teach the Word of God, so he became a leader in his youth group and preached his first sermon at age 17.
In 2004, Trip met Reach Records recording artist Lecrae at a concert, and Lecrae eventually began to disciple the aspiring artist. While still in high school, Trip was given the opportunity to pen a few devotionals for the Reach Records website that dealt with theological matters and showcased his spiritual maturity. As a result, Trip signed with Reach Records, and his debut album hit stores nationwide just days after his high school graduation.
Since the release of his debut album, Trip has traveled the world doing concerts for thousands of fans, thanks in part to international tours with Lecrae and his other Reach Records labelmates Tedashii and Sho Baraka. His Christ-centered hip-hop message has also built a platform for him among churches and other Christian organizations, which has led to numerous opportunities to preach and teach at conferences and other events.
Trip now resides in Philadelphia, PA with his wife and is pursuing a degree in Biblical Studies at Philadelphia Biblical University. With an eye on pastoring a church in the future, Trip is currently the leader of the small group ministry at Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, where he also preaches and teaches when called upon.
"Ultimately, my desire is to proclaim the grace and beauty of Jesus Christ to anyone that will listen," sums up Trip. And thousands worldwide are definitely listening.
For more information, or to sample Trip Lee's new upcoming album Between Two Worlds, visit www.reachrecords.com.
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