Reach Records’ first female hip-hop artist and rapper Wande officially made her label debut with the release of her highly-anticipated album, Exit, and says the timing of her release aligning with a national lockdown is God’s timing.
Wande, who’s of Nigerian descent, was born to a Christian mother and Muslim father. She grew up in Austin, Texas, and has been working behind the scenes for Lecrae’s Atlanta-based Christian label for some time. She’s now introducing her rapping talents to the world with her EP, Exit. Her singles “Happy” and “Be The Light” are already generating buzz with fans and have been added to Hot AC and CHR Radio formats.
Wande was dubbed the top Christian hip-hop rapper to know in 2019 by USA Today, and has already had music placements on ESPN and BET.
In a previous interview with The Christian Post, the young rapper described herself as a “multifaceted” and “energetic” artist who likes to “have fun.” Like everyone else at the label, the new signee is a devoted Christian and unashamedly shares her faith.
The following is an edited transcript of Wande’s interview with The Christian Post where she discusses her new EP, her religious background, and how she’s navigating life as people worldwide make it through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Christian Post: What’s behind the title “EXIT” for your first release on Reach Records?
Wande: My project is titled “Exit” because ironically, in this season, God taught me that every exit is an entrance. In life we have seasons and you must exit this current season in order to move on to the next phase of who God is calling you to be.
Exit fear, exit the infancy stage of your walk with God. Being aware of that opens your eyes to actively being present and learning the lessons that God is trying to teach you in this current season so you’ll be prepared for the next. This album walks through every lesson I learned before each exit point in my journey of growth with God.
CP: How was it for you coming to your own faith in Jesus in a family where your parents believed different things?
Wande: The first few years of when I was saved it was very difficult and there was a lot of tension in our home.
I had to wake up at 5 a.m. to read my Bible in secret, go to work with my mom every other Sunday so my uncle could take me to church, and even had to keep my baptism a secret with only my mom knowing.
Throughout my life, however, God has been faithful, so it left my family to have no choice but to respect the God I serve and know He’s powerful.
CP: How are you managing life during the lockdown due to the novel coronavirus outbreak?
Wande: I am processing everything through the lens of the word of God. Fear and anxiety are natural things that might arrive in times like these. But as I remember God’s word and how He tells me not to fear and reminds me He’s my provider, I am able to move forward in peace.
CP: How has releasing an album during a pandemic impacted your music release?
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law