O.S.I. first release off the upcoming project was entitled, “More Like You” and the willingness and humbleness from the group could not exemplify that more!
In this genre of #chh or Christian hip-hop as we call it there is not a lot of willingness to help others in the industry.
Let me explain:
I don’t mean that in a harsh way it’s just a lot of times we get so caught up into using our gift for lost souls and helping the lost we may forget that the souls that have been redeemed by God already may need help as well.
One of the first conversations I had with Dexter, one of O.S.I.’s members was mind-blowing. Dexter offered to help us on our journey, for free! I was blown away! Dexter said, “let’s keep producing fruit for the kingdom fam.”
That stood out to me and has given me a renewed spirit in helping others to achieve their goals for the kingdom of God. I really truly feel that’s what it should be about anyway. To be more like Yeshua.
That first initial conversation humbled me and had me Soul searching. I had to ask myself, “what am I doing this for? To glorify me or to glorify God?
I want to thank O.S.I. for unknowingly putting that message from God in my heart. They have blessed me with that and I pray this interview blesses the reader as well.
OSI (Original Soul Invented) “More Like You” FEATURING PRODUCTION FROM SEB ZILLNER
Enjoy the interview:
Where are you from, describe your upbringing?
(O.S.I.) Born and raised from the 313 Detroit Michigan. Bless to be raised with both parents in my household. I grew up with hard-working parents, even though we may not have a lot, my parents made sure I stayed out the streets.
How did you come to Christ, (your salvation story)?
(O.S.I.) I was a traditional Christian, my mom always kept me in church. I knew who God was, but didn’t have a personal relationship with him. I asked God to reveal himself to me. I lost everything, my marriage, my house, and a job. I was definitely at a low point of my life, family and friends were only able to do so much. I came to term, I couldn’t rely on them, God was my only source. I started working on a personal relationship with God, reading the word of God and praying. I continue to build my faith, that’s when changes start happening, now I’m able to sit here and tell people how worthy God is, when you put all trust unto Him, He can open up doors that nobody can close.
What does worship mean to you?
(O.S.I.) Fully devoting yourself by praising Him and humbling yourself upon his grace and mercy. Often, we take His grace and mercy for granted and fail to realize nothing is promised. Just being able to pray to God is truly an honor and blessing that He gives us to communicate with Him whenever.
Tell us about the label and its mission?
(O.S.I.) At this company, He’s Worthy productions, we know we are not saints, nor pretend to be. We are merely faithful servants and followers of the Most High who understand the importance to spread His Word among all of our people.
That Word is so powerful, so important, and so necessary to our walk of life and our existence. So much so that we love to sing, dance, perform, create, express, and fellowship to show how dear The Heavenly Father is to us as well as to show how grateful we are to understand that we are under His mercy and worthy for praise!
We welcome all of those to discover and/or continue the spiritual journey that makes up the essence of their lives. With accurate knowledge, living faithfully, showcasing some of the best sound, visual, and spiritual outlets and availability to our consumers, we are able to humbly and graciously be used as tools of his to spread His truth, His Word and His understanding. This company will be a light in a carnal world seeking spiritual nourishment.
How do you feel about Chh as a whole?
( Danny Montaie) As a whole, I feel that CHH is stilling developing, in the aspect of reaching a larger group in the urban communities. I feel this way because when speaking to individuals they are still unaware that the two can be combined and still have the same sounds like today’s music the message is different.
A. What are the positives?
( Danny Montaie) The best positive is that CHH gives the younger generation or anyone the ability to express their belief in unique ways and different styles to bring people together and ultimately spread love.
B. What are some of the negatives?
( Danny Montaie) One of the biggest negatives is that the mainstream media steer away from promoting CHH as a whole. Which then becomes different to bring awareness to CHH.
When did you know you were called to change lives for God in your music?
( Danny Montaie) I always had the drive and plans to bring people together, but didn’t know how. Also, Christianity was always instilled in me from the background with family and friends, then I hit a time in my life where I felt at my lows. I was going through my up and downs it felt like I had a blindfold on.
I took a step back to evaluate the things the blessings that were given to me. And when I speak about my blessings I don’t refer to items, but to experiences and people I have met. Going through my own struggles kept bringing me closer to God which I knew it was time to switch my sound to bring others closer to God as while.
Tell us about the single?
(Danny Montaie) Count Blessings is my new single when creating this song, the goal was expressing my switch between mainstream music into CHH. Also, knowing where the true source of blessings come from and it’s God and letting everyone know that every song I create will promote that positive message.
Danny Montaie “Count Blessings”
Who are u listening to that we should be listening too?
(Danny Montaie) WHATUPRG, 1K PHEW, and JON KEITH
Who would you like to work within the future?
(Danny Montaie) 1K PHEW
One of the biggest topics in the music business now is streaming, how does that affect you as an artist?
(Danny Montaie) Only affect that this has on me is….. God message is on all mainstream platforms. You can find CHH and we need more of this to continue to happen.
What is your best advice for this generation?
(Danny Montaie) Keep “Living The Dream” and what it means that God has ALREADY provided you with all you need.
What was your first introduction to music?
(Tony Rizzo ) I’ve always loved music but when I was little my Dad’s friend would bring his guitar to our house and he would play for hours. Everybody would be singing along with him and I thought it was awesome. When I was around 10 years old my Dad bought my first guitar. My love for music has been growing and evolving ever since.
What do you hope people will get out of your music and upcoming projects?
(Tony Rizzo) I want people to enjoy it of course but I hope it brings people to Christ, even if just one. Also to strengthen the faith of those who know Jesus.
Will you stay an independent artist or would you like to sign with a label?
(Tony Rizzo) That’s up to God. It would be cool to work with a label in certain aspects but we have a lot of resources as well.
On your longest day and hardest battle, what scripture do you find strength in?
(Tony Rizzo) Psalms 23, gives me strength and comfort, reminds me to let God lead. I’m never alone. He will provide what I need, maybe not what I want but everything I need.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:1-6 NIV