Q. What inspires your new music music?
A: Life and people have always inspired my music. I’ve always felt that my job was to speak for those who have no voice.
I Love making music that inspire people. Sometimes I find myself listening to my own music and hearing somthing that motivates me.
Its like playing a tape of yourself saying “Get Up! You Can Make It”
Q. People want to know how do you stay going over all the years?
A: Usually with this Question people expect something deep but truthfully I never stop being a student of the music.
I will not allow myself to arrive. There is always something new to do to become better.
Even when I hear stories about Michael Jackson and how he was always studying the greats.
He was great because he never stopped being a student.
Q. What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen in the last 3 years?
A: Personally, to see my music placed in tv and films like Meet The Browns, CSI, Sons Of Anarchy, etc. Some of these songs where 8 and 9 years old when they got picked up. Its been one of the sparks that keep me motivated and is crazy to see the online response every time a song makes it into a film or show. As a whole, the Growth and acceptance of Christian hiphop in the Church as well as te mainstream is crazy to see.
The internet has made the music industry a even playing field and its good to see.
Q. How can we follow you online?
A: You can follow me on
my website pettyville.com
Q 1. When and how did you break into the music industry?
A: 1986 I was in a local group in Jacksonville, Fl called “Jesus Jamsters” when it was cool to have names like that hahahaha….
1991 I moved to Nashville and started working with a group called “DC TALK” who was headed up by the artist known now as “TobyMac”. In 1995 released my 1st record with GRITS through TobyMac’s indie label called Gotee Records recorded 10 albums with them till around 2008 or so did 2 indie albums through Sony BMG from 2008-2010 been on hiatus since.
Q 2. How do you balance music and family?
A: I just make sure that they truly come 1st no matter what. If my wife don’t agree then I don’t do it bottom line. See when it’s all said and done they are the ones you got left. They have been the ones making the true sacrifice and the sole support system.
Q 3. In addition to being the first Christian Rap group to go Gold, what other barriors have you broken that people may not know?
A: Definitely being Grammy nominated twice, being on your with Goodie Mob, doing shows with OutKast, Icecube, Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Monica, touring 7 Different countries, having songs in major motion films, more things than I can name really.
Q 4. How Can we follow you online?
A: Definitely on Facebook & Twitter Instagram too @officialgrits for all of them.
God has truly Blessed is beyond measure and we have no one else to Thank but HIM.