From a janitor to Jay-Z, Pastor to the President, we all have something in common. Everyone has a gap that we desire to fill. This “gap” is an internal longing for the GOD who has created us. We attempt to fill this gap with numerous insufficient plugs. We find ourselves desperately attempting to seal it with relationships, money, success, and good deeds. But, regardless of our best efforts, we always end up with the same conclusion... It’s not enough. As we share “The Gap Tour”, our hope is that through a dynamic Hip Hop presentation we can share the timeless message of the Jesus Gospel and fills man’s void
The Gap Tour is a high energy music experience that Features Hip Hop Artist CW Allen, TRUE Story and guest. Get ready for a night filled with visual graphics, a live band, house DJs, and dozens of give aways. Don't miss this experience!.
Point Ash @MCpointash
Michael Blue @Blue_216
Michael Blue, formally known as TRUE Story, was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and accepted the Lord at the age of sixteen. Through the encouragement of others, he discovered his gift in musical artistry and poetry. However, on the thick-skinned streets of Cleveland, he was affected by drug infestation, violence, sexual scandal, lack of means, and the desire to achieve something greater then himself. After discovering the knowledge of Christ, he used the callous streets on which he was raised to develop his unique style. With biblical understanding and the zeal and knowledge of the urban community, he utilized this gift to glorify the Lord and began to write and perform his music at local churches and bars.
Deciding to further his biblical understanding, he moved to Pennsylvania to attend Lancaster Bible College where he graduated in 2010 with a bachelor degree in Biblical Studies.
Having now performed at various venues, he has cultivated a growing desire to lead men and women to an everlasting grace that is found in God. Romans 5:8 reminds him daily that Christ is the initiator of love – not us – so everything glorifies the Lord; “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Michael now serves on the leadership team of the Revolution 216 a church plant on the Westside of Cleveland, Ohio. www.pardonthemovement.net
CW Allen @cw_allen
“Sometimes I get questions/ Questions about faith/So many faiths out /They wonder if mine fake? If God can heal, why my moms die from cancer? I prayed every night/Why didn’t your God save her?”
The above-mentioned lyrics begin “Answers”, one of the tracks from CW Allen’s 2011 EP, “Transparent Muzik”(TM). On “TM” CW asks real life questions, connecting his faith with true experiences. “I want to make music that impacts my generation. I think that so often we avoid the tough stuff and many Christian artists hide their personality behind their theology.”
Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, CW is not a stranger to tough circumstances. Both his parents were drug addicts, which left CW with few positive influences. “My cousin began spending time with me intentionally and for me that was cool because it was like having a big brother.”
On a family trip to Michigan, his cousin introduced CW to Jesus Christ. “We were playing Mortal Kombat and he did a fatality on me. There was hell scene or something and because it was 1999, I asked him if he believed that the world was going to end in 2000. That’s when he began to share the gospel with me. He broke down being born in sin, what Christ did for me, and how He wants to change me. It totally rocked me.” Thankfully, the world didn’t end in 2000 but CW’s world was completely changed.
In high school CW’s faith met his other love, music. He had always been a writer, penning poems and rhymes from a young age, but didn’t see himself as an artist. Through Youth for Christ, he met and began to meet with several other young men interested in music and maturing as Christians. They called themselves The Bruthahood. “They had us working out at 5am and then we’d do bible study after. We were studying Disciplines of a Godly Man. We would freestyle, just playing around. Eventually, me and two other guys got together and started writing, but at that point I was terrified of performing.”
But there is nothing like a little female encouragement to help a man conquer his fears. CW’s girlfriend at the time encouraged him to participate in an open mic and he did. The feedback he received inspired him to continue to perform and the more he practiced the better he got. In 2008 CW’s freshman project, Zeal for the King, was released under EQ Entertainment Inc. Although the project’s sales fell below expectations, the disappointment inspired him to work that much harder as an artist. In 2009 CW enrolled at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL.
“When I got to Moody no one knew who I was musically at all, so there were no expectations and no negative vibes. There were no stigmas holding me back. So I wrote a mix tape and it was so much better.I’ve been learning a lot in the scriptures and about God’s heart and the whole totality of the gospel. Jesus saved people from their sin but he also fed people and healed people. Being at Moody has showed me that we can be evangelical and forget that it’s more than just telling people about the gospel. I’ve been rooted here theologically, grabbed some depth. God has really been teaching me.”
Over the past few years, CW has performed at conferences, bars, schools and churches all over the Midwest. Opening for national recording artists such as Flame, and This’l. Conferences he has performed at include the 2012 CCDA Conference, and the 2011 Legacy Conference along with a few colleges including, the University of Minnesota, Indiana University, and Cornerstone University.
CW is driven to make and perform music that reaches the heart of his listeners regardless of their faith background. He is currently in the production phases of his sophomore project, and his latest single, “Playing My Part”, can be found at cwallenmuzik.com and all digital retailers.
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CW Allen has a deep concern for the pain of others. The Cleveland native knows a thing or two about the hard knocks that life can deliver and he has brought that sensitivity to his latest album “We On”, released January 2015. In addition to his new album, CW has performed widely and opened for artists such as Da Truth, Tedashii, Flame, and This’l. He is also a dynamic speaker who has shared his story in many churches and at youth-centered events.