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2nd Annual Juvenile Hall Summer Jam!

Posted 01 July 2011 | News/Blog   

Yes… you read that correctly… Juvenile Hall was where it all went down as the praises went up!

On Saturday, June 18th, the 2nd Annual Solano County Juvenile Hall Summer Jam went down!  The event was coordinated by Christian Music Award winner Transparent and House of SLAP radio’s street team director, WORDsmith.  The event was a HUGE success, as lives were effected for th’ Kingdom!  The event has such an impact, that th’ local paper (The Daily Republic) in Fairfield, Ca where the Hall is located ran the article that we’ve posted below to share with our listeners/followers!

Juvenile hall residents treated to Summer Jam experience

FAIRFIELD — From a man who bent a steel rod with his teeth, to the music of Transparent, Juvenile Hall residents were treated to the second annual Summer Jam Saturday evening.

The event was a collaboration between performers, Heartland Ministries of San Jose and David Derf of New Creation Ministries, who also performs under the name WORDsmith.

WORDsmith, who has spent about 15 years volunteering at juvenile hall, served as the emcee. “We didn’t come here for entertainment. We came out for edification,” he told the crowd of about 120.

Rapper Vessel cautioned the youth that in the pursuit of happiness one can easily compromise their morals. Instead of seeking satisfaction in things, he suggested they find it in God.

Qheem the Redeemed told the youth he used to rap with the late Mac Dre. “I grew up in the Country Club Crest (considered one of Vallejo, Ca’s roughest neighborhoods). They say nothing good comes from there.

“But Jesus came and changed my life so I could be here with you,” he said.

Reign, a female rapper from Oakland, whose name stands for Reaching Everyone in God’s Name, rapped, “This is God music. This is good music. This is should music. Should be played in hood music.”

She told the story of talking to a father whose daughter had just committed suicide. “Don’t give up, no matter what,” she told the youth.

Dean Johnson, a member of the Oakland A’s chaplain team, showed some feats of strength before delivering his message.

He tore a metal license plate in half, squished soda cans so the contents squirted all over the place and bent the steel rod in his mouth.

“I didn’t come here to scare you straight, I came her to love you straight,” he told the group.

Transparent closed the night. Until he gave his life to God in 2005, the rapper said he was doing everything wrong. “I was doing what I thought was cool, what a man was supposed to do. When Christ turned my life around, He was the role model I never had,” Transparent said.

Some of the performers, along with Heartland Ministries, will do a similar event at San Quentin on
July 9.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at (707)427-6957 or

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