written by: Carla Bynum
In the beginning…
Lecrae Moore was born in Southern Houston, Texas to a single mother. They moved around a lot throughout his childhood so he has lived in Dallas, San Diego and Denver as well.
After high school, Moore was involved in a car accident that could have taken his life but instead he walked away scratch free. He used his accident as a testimony to other youth. While a student at the University of North Texas, he would pass out a printed version of his testimony to his peers on campus. It was at the age of 19 that he decided to live for God.
Ministry through Music
As a teenager, Moore started volunteering at a juvenile detention center where he would perform. The positive feedback he received from his audience is what convinced him that he wanted to continue to offer hope and encouragement through music.
Lecrae has released seven studio albums and two mixtapes as a solo artist as well as three albums and an EP as the leader of tap group 116 Clique.
His debut album Real Talk was released in 2004 and was followed by the albums After the Music Stops, Rebel, Rehab, Rehab: The Overdoes, Gravity and most recently Anomaly. In addition to his albums, he has released the mixtapes Church Clothes and Church Clothes 2.
His album Gravity and first mixtape Church Clothes have been called the most important albums in Christian hip-hop history.
Lecrae has not only taken the world by storm as one of few Christian hip-hop artists, but he has already made history along the way. In 2012, he released his sixth studio album Gravity which debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 charts. The album also won him a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards ceremony, making it the first time a Christian hip-hop artist has received that award.
In addition to making Grammy history, he received several awards, including:
GMA Dove Awards
2012: Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year – “Rehab: The Overdose”
2012: Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year – “Hallelujah”
2013: Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year – “Gravity”
2013: Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year – “Tell the World” featuring Mali Music
2012: Rap, Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year – “Rehab: The Overdose”
2014: Rap, Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year – “Gravity”
Lecrae co-founded Reach Records, an independent record label specializing in Christian hip hop music, with Ben Washer in 2004. In addition to the record label, Lecrae also co-founded the non-profit organization ReachLife Ministries, hich provides local Christian leaders with tools and curriculum based on the teachings of the Bible and hip-hop culture.
On February 5, 2010, Lecrae released the single “Far Away” which acted as a tribute to the victims of the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010. All proceeds from the single’s success went directly to the Haiti relief effort.
In 2011, 116 Clique and ReachLife Ministries, both headed by Lecrae, launched a media campaign called “Man Up.” The campaign was supposed to mentor urban male youths on biblical manhood. The initiative featured a curriculum based on a short film and album, both titled Man Up.
Lecrae partnered with the former head of the Office of Faith Based and Neighhborhood Partnerships under the Obama Administration Joshua Dubois, NBA star Dwyane Wade and filmmaker Art Hooker to create the national media campaign “This is Fatherhood” in 2013. The campaign was “devoted to restoring America’s commitment to healthy fatherhood.”
Currently, Lecrae lives in Atlanta with his wife Darragh and three children.
If you would like to hear more from Lecrae, his seventh studio album Anomoly was released on September 9th.