Born and raised in Massillon, OH, JLS grew up amazed by people – their differences, similarities and indifference; he witnessed their pride and prejudice guide their lives. He was independent – hardened by the hatred shown by his peers, but at the same time grounded by the love of his family. It was that love and the faithfulness of his grandparents that kept him in church where he accepted Christ at a young age.
As time passed, a move away from his grandparents took him away from church and into pleasing himself and others. In high school he dealt with the same prejudice, but this time he took the pride for himself and instead of pleasing God he did what was right in his own eyes.
Along the way, a love for music adapted into rapping as a way to express himself – progressing over the years into managing artists, songwriting, producing, booking shows and performing in the region. But what was missing was God’s purpose he was put on earth to fulfill; No matter what measure of “success” he reached doing it his way – he couldn’t stop thinking about God and a need for change in his life.
…what was missing was God’s purpose he was put on earth to fulfill.
After rededicating his life to Christ in August 2007 and taking 2 solid years of studying the Bible and serving the Lord through ministry work, JLS is being led back to the studio to reach the youth with God’s Word. Using the web and social media to form strategic partnerships in ministry he’s praying that lives will be transformed by the clarity of the Gospel.
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::: Living Love Letter ft. Heidi & Lolly
Every new day is an opportunity to live life in the way that God intended. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 that God has placed His people in position to be living letters – or testimonies – to tell others about the Savior – with their words, and in the way they live their lives. We pray that you receive it.
::: I Believe ft. Vaughn Anthony & Cisco
“I Believe” feat. Vaughn Anthony & Cisco acknowledges the inevitable storms in life, and gives all the credit to the Lord for the peace that He brings in the midst of the struggle. Produced by Thr3efourteen.
I’ve spent a lot of time in my life putting off things that I should have taken much more seriously. Its easy to get caught up in the moment, in chasing the pleasures in life and putting off the most important things for another day…and another day. But what if tomorrow never comes?
::: POWER MOVES (Get It Right)
I first started writing this song in 2006, inspired by a person close to me who had made some very bad decisions in their life, after growing up around people who were making very bad decisions in their lives. Now in 2011, I have seen many more start down the same path, feeling hopeless amidst circumstances they think they are powerless to change. I believe that the cycle doesnt have to repeat itself. Although you cant stop the rain from fallin down, you have the opportunity to make choices that put you in a position to succeed, to “Get it Right”. The first step is to let go of the thought that you have to do it on your own. There is One Person you can call on Who will never let you down (Romans 10:13).
::: TESTIFY ft. Roslyn
A gritty, organ laced track produced by Thr3efourteen infused with the wide-ranging contralto sound of Gospel recording artist Roslyn Pratt. “Testify” is my testimony to the streets, to the lost; an outreach filled with the only power that brings change: The Gospel of Jesus Christ.
::: ETERNAL LOVE ft. Tim Moses
“Eternal Love” is a love song. From me to the One I give all praise to – for calling me, for changing me; also reflecting on His love for me shown in His willingness to die for my sins. The hook was written and performed by the very talented singer/songwriter out of Orlando, Florida – Tim Moses, who took the concept and came back with the perfect expression of God’s love & forgiveness and our love & thanksgiving.
::: FRONTSLIDE ft. Nnenna Lovette
Frontslide is the alternative to backslide – the answer to backslide. In Christ we are able to turn from sin in our lives, turn from the backsliding and frontslide back to Jesus.
::: CHANGE ft. Fameus
This song was written and recorded as the Lord was working on my heart to change my ways, to turn from the life I was living and return to my first love. Praise His name that He allowed me the time He did to make the most important change I’ve ever made. No turning back.
Ive also been producing tracks since 2002 – Check out a few below: