HOMETEAM TOUR: KB & Trip Lee
323 E Locust Street
Des Moines, IA, 50309
"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."
As kids, most people aspire to be famous, but few actually achieve fame. Some come close, but most begrudgingly let go of their childhood fantasy once reality arrives. Trip Lee was just like most kids, until the reality of eternity compelled him to gracefully loosen his grip on worldly fame.
William Lee Barefield III, better known as Trip Lee, was born and raised in Dallas, TX. As a child, Trip had dreams of being a professional athlete or famous rapper, so he began to hone his lyrical skills at the age of 12. "I rapped about random stuff—how hot I was or how many girls I could pull," Trip says. But upon giving his life to Christ, at age 14, his focus changed from fortune, fame and women to serving and ministering the Gospel.
Trip slowly recognized that all of his life should be centered on Christ. "One day, I just decided I'm only doing Christian Hip Hop. Rappers like Ambassador and Da Truth helped provide a model for how I would begin to do that," he says. He also had an immense desire to learn and teach the scripture, so he became a leader in his youth group and preached his first sermon at age 17.
In 2004, Trip met Lecrae at a concert; months later, after talking and building with each other, Lecrae began to disciple him. While still in high school, Trip was given the opportunity to pen a few devotionals for the Reach Records website that dealt with theological matters. Trip would then sign with Reach Records, and his debut album, If They Only Knew, hit stores nationwide a few days after his high school graduation. His first full-length album introduced hip-hop fans to his distinct southern sound, unique delivery and gospel-saturated lyrics. That same year, Trip was also featured on the Dove Award-nominated, timeless classic "Jesus Muzik" with label mate Lecrae.
His sophomore album, 20/20, was released in 2008 and garnered much success: breaking into the Billboard Top 200, reaching #11 on the Billboard Christian albums chart and landing at #4 on the Gospel chart. With his third studio album, Between Two Worlds, Trip offers a collection of reflections on life in a fallen world. Those reflections resonated with listeners as B2W debuted at #1 on the Christian and Gospel Billboard charts, #5 on the Hip Hop/Rap iTunes chart and #9 on the Top Albums iTunes chart. The album also received two Dove nominations and a Stellar Award for Best Gospel Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year.
Since his first album release, Trip has traveled the world performing for thousands of listeners. The Christ-centered hip-hop message he brings has also built a platform for him among churches and other Christian organizations, which has led to numerous opportunities to preach and teach at conferences and other events.
Trip now resides in Washington, DC with his wife and is finishing his Biblical and Theological Studies degree by distance with Boyce College. He is currently touring, working on his fourth album, blogging (bragonmylord.com) and aiming to author a few New York Times bestsellers. Trip's unending desire is to proclaim the grace and beauty of Jesus Christ to anyone that will listen. Ultimately, he hopes this journey will someday lead to pastoring a church.
$16.00 - $45.00
VIP includes pre-show Q&A and early entry at 5pm
Fast Pass includes early entry at 6pm
** this is a standing only venue with limited seating
Note: Tickets will be available at the church on Thursday, August 31 (GA only / no added online fees).
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