B&H Publishing Group announces it has signed a book deal with Grammy Award® winning hip-hop artist, Lecrae.
Releasing in May 2016, the book is titled Unashamed and will precede his next major album release later in 2016 by Lecrae’s own label, Reach Records.
In Unashamed, Lecrae divulges details of his difficult past, including childhood abuse, struggles with drugs and alcoholism, bouts of depression, and a close call suicide attempt.
“I am writing Unashamed for all those who don’t know who they are, who feel confined by the labels given to them,” shares Lecrae. “This is for the outsiders looking for peace within.”
Lecrae believes it is indeed possible to remain faithfully Christian while being fully immersed in the world. And he tells his unique story of how he has stayed faithful in a world that is increasingly faithless. Throughout his journey, Lecrae has retained an unwavering faith in Jesus Christ and learned powerful lessons about what it means to be a Christian in the midst of a skeptical world.
“As an artist, my ambition is to make honest music, and I feel the same way about writing this book,” Lecrae shared further. “I want to be honest about where I’ve come from and what I’ve learned along the way. I want to influence culture, to help catalyze and inspire, and help other people find understanding. If they find some inspiration and some clarity for their own lives, as they follow my journey, then I will have succeeded.”
As part of the book launch by B&H and Lecrae, a multi-city media and promotional tour is planned.
“We are thrilled to partner with an artist of the creative caliber as Lecrae.” comments Jennifer Lyell, B&H Trade Book Publisher. “His unique ability to communicate a message that gives hope and compels toward greater faithfulness will undoubtedly result in a game-changing book for individuals and ultimately for the broader culture.”
Lecrae is a Grammy award winning hip-hop artist whose 2014 album, Anomaly, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, Rap, Digital, Christian, Gospel, and Independent charts. His seven studio albums and mixtapes have sold more than 1.5 million copies. In 2014, Lecrae co-headlined the highest selling tour in America, beating out Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, and Elton John. He has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Performance (2015), a win for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song (2015) and for Best Gospel Album (2013), as well as 14 Dove Awards, one Billboard Music Award nomination, and also received a Soul Train Music Award and a BET Hip Hop Awards nomination.
In addition to earning accolades for his musical talent, Lecrae has gained wide recognition for maintaining strong commitment to his faith and values. In 2013, he partnered with NBA player Dwayne Wade and former Obama White House staffer Joshua Dubois to launch a national initiative “devoted to restoring America’s commitment to fatherhood.” He was also named the NFL Players Choice Performer during the 2013 Super Bowl XLVII weekend in recognition of his positive lyrics. Lecrae resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and three children. Follow him at www.Lecrae.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @Lecrae.
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