4 the Children
Life is short and God has an amazing plan for your life. A plan with a purpose and meaning. God loves you more than anything in this world & He is waiting for you to open your heart and let him in. I pray that the songs I write will inspire you to get a closer relationship with the Most High. Nuff said. Let's BANG THE MUSIC! ~O. Biography of Octavia Harris Like hip-hop greats Queen Latifah, LL Cool J and Sean 'P Diddy' Combs, Octavia Harris proves the key to an artist's longevity and continued relevance in contemporary music is a combination of versatility and the ability to convey the ever-fluid interests of today's youth. She evolved from being the tough-talking pioneer of Portland's underground hip- hop scene (as '151') to 'Jymini'-one of the West Coast's most highly respected female lyricists/producers. In 1999, long before Kanye West was honored with a Grammy award for the religious-themed 'Jesus walks', Harris released 'Walking On Water' -an ambitious double CD that explored social and spiritual issues that were yet to be addressed by the hip hop community. The incredibly talented youngster displayed a creative genius at an early age. She taught herself to play piano (from watching musicians), sang in the school choir and would astound her teachers with poems & compositions that rang with vision and maturity. In 1994, she debuted on the growing Portland rap scene with the tape"Drank, No Chasa'. By now she was '151' aka 'Octavia,'the Mic Strangla'a razor-sharp wordsmith with beats and flow that shook the city's most respected male and female MC's. The tape became an instant classic. After defying expectations w/the groundbreaking 'Walking on Water', Octavia moved to Oakland, Ca. Her production skills were now widely known and she quickly became an even hotter name on the independent rap scene. She released a compilation CD and 2002's 'The Solo Child' which featured some of the Bay area rap's biggest names (Suga-T, 3xKrazy's Agerman and Assassin). She continued to be a popular live performer, opening for Montell Jordan, Spearhead & others. She's amassed an impressive list of credits appearing on compilations and producing/performing on soundtracks for film, animated DVD and games. She took over for Queen Latifah as guest MC on Meredith Brooks 'Lay Down' and makes a special appearance on Myra's 'Quit Chasin' Me'. After establishing herself as a premier artist and creative force with her 'All of Me' release, Octavia Harris has come full circle. Like the decision to drop aliases and use her beautiful birth name. She gave her life to the Lord in July 2005 and shortly after released the 'Inspired By God' CD which is full of sincerity and honesty. This project stands as a bold testimony of her rejuvenated sense of purpose and her determination to use rap music as a motivating force in the lives of people all across the globe. On her latest work, '4 The Children' & 'The FREE OH Mixtape' she loses only the aliases but retains all the qualities that made her a local legend. The tales of street life and themes that resonate with listeners of all ages are benefited by her quest for spirituality and understanding. Tunes like 'One I Love' and 'Make U a Star' move the feet and have knowledge for the head. Her message is clear: give the youth something more. Always the innovator, she is a step ahead of her peers with promotional plans that includes churches, youth groups and schools. As a rap pioneer, female Mc and performer, Octavia Harris has overcome many obstacles. As a witness to the human condition, she's used her talent to seek solutions. She is one of the genre's shining lights and looks forward to once again expanding the horizon for her old fans and welcoming the new ones from the spiritual community. Other ministries she is involved with are: wePRAISE.fm A Radio Personality for an online Christian station based out of Atlanta. She has a 2 hour show that airs every Saturday between 2-4pm EST and 11pm-1am EST. Bangin nuthin but that Jesus Music!! Trailblazinministries.com A freelance writer. She writes CD reviews for Gospel/Christian Rap artists. Some of her latest work includes Grits, Fedel, Carriers of the Cross and Mahogany Jones. JATHministries.com On the prayer team w/ Joined at the Hip (headed by Excelsius) As prayer requests come in and are distributed.. she prays over them and responds to the person via email when appropriate. CFRN Christian Female Rap Network The Christian Female Rap Network (CFRN) is an inspirational support system and resource for female rappers worldwide. As a group, we intend to use our gifts and talents to build and breed Godly examples, mentors and models. Unified as one, we will show God's Love through us by supporting each others ministries, honoring the Savior, and glorifying God. Octavia Harris is a Music Missionary An active church member attending Grace Christian Fellowship under the leadership of: Pastor Kelly Cohoe, Pastor Rose & Pastor Tonie Gatlin. Help us continue to spread God's love and hope to the lost through music!