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."
One of the hottest rappers on the scene, a member of the 116 Clique, and a nominee for a Kingdom Choice Award, Canon is blowing up the industry with his unique flow and rapid-fire rhymes. This Chicago born/Atlanta based rapper has grabbed the attention of not only the Christian industry, but mainstream media outlets as well. He was recently featured on global sports giant ESPN’s First Take with a free style video that had over 26,000 views on YouTube which left the sports and social media world buzzin’ for more. He has been featured on numerous tracks with Lecrae, KB, Derek Minor and Andy Mineo, as well as other heavy hitters in the rap industry.
Canon’s road hasn’t always been lined with success and excitement. Born in a middle class neighborhood in Chicago IL filled with violence and crime, he and his family were forced to journey through out the state in hopes of finding a much safer climate. His mother, who at the time worked for Moody Bible Institute, introduced him to Christ. He served with the rest of his family at his grandfather’s church but didn’t really experience true transformation. The end results were of him getting involved in negative activity.
Throughout this time though, Canon grew in his desire to both know Christ fully and to rap. He began attending “The House” which was a church where Hip Hop shaped the culture. He was then discipled by the pastor as well as others; the outcome was him growing in his walk with the Lord and maturing into a man of God.
He then moved to Memphis to attend Bible College. It was here where he reconnected with Reach Records’ Lecrae and Derek Minor. He ended up leaving school early and began doing life with these emcees. He was challenged by them to use his experiences and share it through his music, which led to him releasing “The Great Investment” mix tape in 2009. Through the success of his mix-tape he began to gain the attention of people all over the world who wanted to hear more from him. His big break was when he was featured on Lecrae’s Rehab: The Overdose, which then led to him signing with Reflection Music Group in 2011.