Corner Cafe Show: April 28, 2018
Christian Hip Hop artist, Russell Sickler, is a native of North Eastern Colorado. Shortly after birth, he suffered from many ailments. Not only was he born with a club foot that had rotated 180 degrees, but he also battled RSV at 3 months old and asthma. By the time he was 2 years old, his parents had divorced and Russell lived with his mother. While growing up on a goat farm in Wray, Colorado, his mother raised him to believe in God and trust in His existence. In 2007, Russell’s faith became even stronger while attending Acquire the Fire in Denver, when his faith became his own. Because of the challenges growing up, Russell struggled with bouts of depression in his teenage years, often having feelings of “inferiority”, until God affirmed who He created Russel to be. During this time, he was able to go on 5 mission trips with Global Expeditions, and traveled to New York, Australia, Israel, Jordan, Ireland, and Dallas, spreading the word of God. These opportunities allowed him to be influenced by the word and encouraged him to preach the Gospel whenever it was needed.
Russell’s 9 year career in the music industry began as a b-boy and beat boxer. At 12 years old, during visits to his father’s church, he took an interest in sound engineering. This interest came in handy when he heard Hip Hop for the first time from the Christian group, Grits, when he was 13 years old at Acquire the Fire. When Russell began his own rapping career, he couldn’t afford studio time, so he ventured into recording music on his own. By 2016, he was a solo artist. Russell now owns a recording studio where he not only creates his own music, but also does the same for others. He has opened for artist such as Datin, Sevin, Pyrexx, Bizzle, Eddie James, Next Generation Powerforce, and Armond Wakeup. Most recently, Russell released his first solo project titled Bearded Lies. His project, which has a barber shop theme, passes down wisdom and growth to younger generations, with light hearted banter in between.
Today he is managed by Steadman Robinson of Robinson Legacy, and plans on continuing his work as a Christian Hip Hop artist. In the future, Russell has aspirations to expand his reach in the music industry by becoming a sound engineer and executive producer. Coming this summer, Russell will begin his path to accomplishing these goals by doing shows outside of Colorado with fellow artists Derek Minor, Roy Tosh, Surve, and more. Outside of his music career, Russell is also an active volunteer with his church, “City Lights” a new church plant in Greeley. He loves spending his free time with his first love and wife, Alex, and their beautiful son.
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ON THE CORNER:
Corner Cafe Personality, Chrysandra Brunson, is on the CORNER segment. Chrysandra is Founder and CEO of The Calling. The singular basis for all activities and goals associated with The Calling is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is our recognition that we are actively and naturally inclined to disobey God and the way of life he has prescribed for us. But God, with immense love for us, sent his son Jesus to receive the consequences of our rebellion.
If we recognize our need for restoration, we simply need to trust God and trust that Christ’s payment was enough, and we will again find acceptance with God and therefore are made able to have an active relationship with him, in which he continues to love us at the depths of who we are with immense strength. Our response of love to God comes in a very simple form: we obey. First of all, we obey his commandments and his command to love the people around us.
Secondly, we obey the direction he gives us in our individual lives. Often, this can be the most difficult area to obey God because it is different for everyone and it is easy to be afraid of being wrong about what we hear him calling us to, it is frightening to risk what we have in the present for an unsure future, and it is difficult to trust God when we don’t have a lot of evidence.
The Calling is not merely about making peoples’ dreams come true – but about helping people understand and achieve the dreams God has given each individual. We trust that God is actively making the world what it needs to be and our role in that process is merely doing what he has asked us to do at an individual level. Your calling from God will never contradict the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the commands God has given us, including his commands to love him and others. We want to help you answer the questions: 1 – what is God calling me to? And 2 – how do I fearlessly obey? We are here to help you discern what it is God is calling you to and to encourage you to fearlessly obey – if it is God calling, he will not let you fail! Romans 3:23, John 3:16, John 14:15, Romans 8:28, 2 Peter 1:3-10