From rap sheets to religion, rappers Bryann Trejo and Sevin Duce lead Kingdom Awakening at the Fox

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VISALIA – The lyrics of rappers who started out as rap sheets on the streets is a familiar beat in today’s pop culture. Two rappers bringing their stories from the streets of Abileene, Texas and Sacramento to Visalia this week are no exception, with the exception of one thing – they focus on saving lives instead of taking them. 

Submitted photo.

Submitted photo.

Bryann Trejo was born an identical twin and from the get they were both mixed up in all kinds of crime. His brother Woo came to know Christ and convinced Bryann to rap with him. Shortly after Woo was saved, he was tragically gunned down and murdered, but not before brother Bryann had come to know Christ as well. Bryann forgave his enemies and murderers and says that “God wrote a new song in his heart.”

He started seeing how many people were touched by his brother on Facebook, and began responding to them. He also starting rapping on Facebook and got exposure on WorldStarHipHop.com. That happened about eight different times and people started calling him to share his testimony.

“If you want to be noticed, don’t try to be noticed,” Bryann says on his website. “If you want to be first, you gotta be last. In the Kingdom, if you go low that’s when you get elevated. If you want all the music and videos, then you already have the wrong motive.”

Bryann has been a roofer, dishwasher and many jobs to support his family. But after doing ministry for a while God opened the door for him to do ministry full time. Bryann is a member and minister of The Dream Center of Abilene Texas. There they disciple ministry-minded artists. Make sure that you’re heart is right that you’re not using the platform for your glory rather than God’s glory. So, he gets to travel all over the states and minister. He and his wife both come from broken homes, and for them to have a home and a family is a miracle of God. He just wants to edify people and let them know that God can do it for them too.

“If you’re chasing where God wants you to be, then He’ll kick open doors that no one can open for you,” Bryann says. “It’s beautiful when you align yourself with the will of God. That’s when you will be protected.”

Sevin Duce grew up on the streets of Sacramento. After living a life of crime, his older brother started participating in urban street ministry and took Sevin Duce on tour. Now Sevin Duce makes music and works in gang prevention and Bible studies. 

“What I’m trying to accomplish is to reach every poverty-stricken neighborhood with the gospel of Jesus Christ,” he says.

Bryann Trejo and Sevin Duce, featuring Antwoine Hill and Joshua 1:9, will perform as part of the “Kingdom Awakening” concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 at the Visalia Fox Theatre. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $40 for VIP. Tickets are available online at www.foxvisalia.org or at the box office, 300 E. Main St. in Visalia.

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