Reach Booking presents
Andy Mineo, KB, Canon
932 Edgewood Ave. S.
Jacksonville, FL, 32205
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
At just 17, Andy Mineo was living a dream; he had money, local fame and the respect of his peers. But while attending college in NYC, he finally faced the music—neither was the key to life.
Andy, formerly known as "C-Lite," grew up in a single parent home in Syracuse, New York. Without any positive male figures around, at a young age, he struggled with profanity, submission to authority and physical aggression. With his conduct becoming uncontrollable, Andy was removed from the public school system and placed in behavioral modification centers. But change was on the horizon.
The summer before entering the 8th grade, Andy attended a Christian camp where his sister served as a counselor. While there, he heard the gospel preached clearly, cried out in desperation for Jesus to forgive him and experienced "some pretty unforgettable prayer sessions that really rocked [him]." Andy came home with a love in his heart for people that he once hated, and knew he was changed. But, he also came back to no home church, no community, no bible study and no mentors. So, as he rode his spiritual high into the ground and neglected to fan the flame that had begun, his relationship with God was compromised. His heart wasn't set on pursuing Christ; instead, music and status had become his focus.
While in middle school, he began recording in his mom's house and was buying new pieces of equipment with birthday money. Eventually, he started selling studio time out of his closet; before long, he was a sophomore in high school running a lucrative business out of his mother's basement recording and producing hundreds of artists in Upstate New York. He had also started a rap group with a few friends that led to a deal with Syracuse University's Marshall Street Records, which gave them the opportunity to open up for the major acts that performed at SU. As a solo MC, Andy became well known in the underground freestyle rap scene for winning battle competitions during high school and his freshman year in college. Adding to his resume, he also excelled in athletics—thriving in football, basketball and lacrosse throughout high school.
Unfortunately, all of the success and recognition only led him away from God and towards greater sin. Headed for the big lights of New York City to attend college, stardom and rebellion seemed inevitable. But while taking a piano class his freshman year, Andy met Alex Medina (producer of "Background," "The invasion (Hero)" and many other Reach tracks) who invited him to check out T.R.U.C.E. (an urban ministry that focused on evangelism via performing arts). He soon got connected with others, was discipled and the Lord began to deal with him more deeply concerning sin patterns in his life. After hearing Da Truth's "Price Tag" song, he vowed to shut down his recording studio and never use his gifts to help record music that did not honor God. He lost all his business and income, but he found his new identity in Christ.
Armed with a new purpose, Andy spent several months traveling with T.R.U.C.E. and sharing the Gospel in some of the most poverty-stricken and drug-infested neighborhoods in the U.S. He went on to release Sin is Wack Vol. 1, which caught the attention of Lecrae and many others. To his credit, he has since been featured on Rehab, Flame's Captured, Tedashii's Blacklight, Ambassador's Stop the Funeral and many other notable projects. While his introduction to a larger audience came through his vocals on Lecrae's "Background," and he continues to pen melodic choruses, rapping remains his passion and focus for future projects.
Entering a new season in his life, Andy decided to drop his stage name, C-Lite, in favor of his birth name; it symbolizes his aim to live out everything off stage that he pours out through his art on stage. He recently graduated from City College of New York and currently serves on the board as a leader of a new church plant in Washington Heights. He is also leading weekly small groups and men's groups at his apartment, traveling on the weekends to minister and working on his highly anticipated debut album. Once divided in his ambitions, Andy has resolved to love the Lord with all his heart, soul, strength and mind—no compromise.
"Somehow I knew I wasn't right with God, despite my family telling me that I was good. I knew I wasn't… and the idea of meeting God was unbearable."
Kevin Burgess was born in St. Petersburg, FL and raised in Southern Illinois. His parents divorced when he was 8 years old, and that meant big changes for he and his mother. "I went from the suburbs to the hood in one day", KB stated about the changes that took place after his parents split. At the fragile age of 16 he was invited to participate in a unique school program, an experience that uncovered a painful reality for KB. "Somehow I knew I wasn't right with God, despite my family telling me that I was good. I knew I wasn't. I knew I was sinning and the idea of meeting God was unbearable. It was eating me alive." He struggled through the first semester of the program, failed a few classes, and watched expulsion from the program draw near. He had an internal war surging in his mind, and spirit, and the culture he grew up around said that expressing emotions was anti-manly. So he kept the war a secret, and it turned into depression and thoughts of suicide.
During the second semester KB met Jeremy, a Christian who introduced him to Christian rap. He took a cd home and loved every track he heard. "The music was such good quality. I used to love ignorant, trap music that was good quality, and this was equally as good but answering questions." Answers in hand, and full of a new found hope KB accepted Jesus as his savior and boy has his life changed.
After high school KB enrolled in Bible College and befriended a group of Christian rappers. Together they formed His Glory Alone (HGA). Over time HGA accumulated a steady following consisting of Lecrae, Ben Washer, and DJ Official. He was invited onto the "Acquire the Fire" tour by Lecrae, and asked to join the Reach Records team just a few months later. KB released his mixtape in 2011 titled "Who is KB", which garnered over 30K downloads. He has been featured on many Reach artist's projects including: Lecrae Rehab ( I Used to Do it Too), Man Up, PRo (Dying to Live), and Trip Lee The Good Life (One Sixteen).
KB resides in Tampa, FL with his wife where he indulges in crab legs, boxing, heading up HGA, and serving at Living Faith Bible Fellowship Church. "Right now I am learning to steward and shepherd my platform as a rapper. " His idea of success is wrapped up in the act of obedience. He says that "being faithful and obedient to what God has asked of you whether in Beverly Hills or Ethiopia" determines success. KB hopes that his role on the Reach Records team will be that of a leading thinker. "I want to be someone people can look up to and trust as a deliverer of truth. "If I can accomplish that, I will have been successful."
An alias representative of the greatest book in all of literature, coincidentally homonymous with rapid-fire weaponry, carries lofty expectations and growing anticipation. Yet, this Midwest-born rapper’s aim is not to leave people in awe of his knowledge and delivery but to give the words of eternal life—66 books, 2 clips and 1 Canon.
Aaron “Canon” McCain was born in Chicago, Illinois, in a lower middle class area, but violence and crime would soon force his parents to journey throughout the state in hopes of finding a safe environment for him and his two older siblings. And while Canon’s parents were married and present in his life, his dad worked at night and rested during the day; so his mom took on a more influential role. As an employee at Moody Bible Institute, she would try to teach her kids about God and made sure the family went to church. But for Canon, church wasn’t a place where he heard solid, biblical doctrine; it was more of a family affair. His grandfather was the pastor, dad played the piano, mom sang and everyone else was expected to attend but usually had ulterior motives. Yet, those religious surroundings may have kept him from turning to a life of crime like those in his neighborhood—being shot at over a bike when he was just a kid could have been a catalyst for violence because it did scare him enough to make him carry a weapon, but anything more than a cap gun was off limits. Nevertheless, Canon’s penchant for mischief did turn him into a modern-day, urban Dennis the Menace. At the tender age of seven, while living in Maywood, he joined a clique of youngsters who threw mud pies at houses and played pranks at school. But as kids mature, their propensity for troublemaking often leads to more dangerous territory. In high school, his friends joined gangs, and although he didn’t, he wasn’t just playing pranks anymore. Canon became rebellious against authority, skipped school and got involved in violent activity.
Despite his disregard for life, he still couldn’t shake the reality that struck him at the age of 13. His mom had taken him to a Christian summer camp the previous year where he was recognized for his model behavior, but he came back home and his misconduct resumed. One day, while riding in the car with his relatives, they struck a tree and the car was totaled. Canon emerged from the wreck only to realize there was a propane tank behind the tree that could’ve exploded and led to tragedy. That moment, he knew God was saying, “I could take your life now…you didn’t go to camp for nothing!” So in between misbehaving in school and around the neighborhood, Canon grew more curious about God and wanted to try rapping about things he was learning at his church. He had also begun making his own beats and rapping with his friends, but there was no place for rap at his grandfather’s traditional church. Hoping to finally grab the mic and rock the stage, Canon started attending a Hip Hop church called The House. However, the lead pastor was more concerned about his relationship with God rather than his ability to rap about him. Pastor Phil and several other brothers at the church began pouring into Canon and as a result, he gradually came to know the Lord. Within a year, he had left behind his childish ways, was performing at The House and had an ever-growing desire to know more about the Lord.
After high school, he left Illinois and came to Memphis to attend Bible College. He had also met Lecrae when he visited The House, so when he came to the South, Canon linked up with him, Pro, Chad Jones and others in Tennessee. He eventually had to leave school for financial reasons, but the knowledge and wisdom he was gaining from being in community with older brothers allowed him to grow beyond that of his formal education. And although he was now surrounded by budding rappers, his focus was on maturing in the faith; but they soon encouraged him to take all he was learning and share it through music. Canon took their advice and in 2009 dropped The Great Investment mixtape, which hit the Internet a year later to favorable reviews and caught the attention of listeners around the world. He has since been featured on Lecrae’s Rehab: The Overdose and several Reflection Music projects, as well as currently serving as hype man for Lecrae as he tours the country.
Canon recently joined Reflection Music Group and now lives in Atlanta where he is preparing a full-length free album to be released this year. His desire is to contribute truth to culture while being true to who he is as an artist and a young person that is also influenced by culture. Canon wants his music and his life to inspire others to repent and trust in Christ, but also encourage believers to “be you in light of a biblical worldview.”
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