Before you get bent out of shape about name in the title, let me correct this for you. The name D'Aych is simply pronounced as D.H. and it stands for Daniel Harris. I had the pleasure of meeting Daniel on the "Let's Talk Gospel" Conference call last Tuesday. I briefly mentioned on the call my interest in interviewing artists by way of this blog, and Daniel happened to be the first one to take me up on my offer. I must admit, when I received his Bio via email, the first thing I noticed was the length and I said to myself, "Where does it end?! I guess I won't be eating, talking, and reading all at the same time." I hesitated for a few moments, and then after reading the first paragraph, said, "My God, what a testimony!" It wasn't something I could put down, and come back later to complete. (A little side note here. If your Bio doesn't read like D'Aych's, I'd be more than happy to read it and offer tips, or even re-write it. Keep in mind artists, your Bio and Photos present an opportunity for you to capture the attention of the reader). I read it from top to bottom straight through and was eager to call Brother D'Aych at that moment. There was a sense of urgency within me which caused me to take action right then and there rather than wait for the so-called "Perfect Timing".
Today, Brother Daniel Harris is a Christian Rapper, with a story to tell. But I want you to know, he has made a complete turnaround from the direction he was heading in before he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Personal Savior. Without a shadow of a doubt, he was programmed for self-destruction, as well as the destruction of others, but the foundation had already been laid; Daniel just had to make his way back home. In fact, Daniel was actually raised in Pentecostal Church environment at home and at the church because his mother was a minister.
At the tender age of 14, D'Aych started running the streets and not only did he join a gang and sell drugs, he decided school was no longer necessary, and decided to just drop out. In addition to the drugs he sold, he began drinking alcohol and sparking up the weed daily. D'Aych was really modeling his life after infamous drug lords and hardened criminals. He emulated them so well, he earned himself a spot on the Milwaukee's most wanted list!!! He was a fugitive in his own land, and I'll have to ask him when I have time where he hid out for 2 years, but that may be another blog. Eventually, he was apprehended and sentenced to 4 years for armed robbery, gun possession and mastermind charges.
While in Prison, D'Aych got thrown in solitary confinement for 30 days for mouthing off at one of the correction officers. Apparently it wasn't the first time, so the officer returned later with several other officers in riot gear and dragged him out of his cell. While confined, I want you to know this is where he had his come to Jesus moment. There was a lot of praying going on and he made another promise to God; when he came out of that hole, it would be as a changed man ready to serve HIM.
Day 30, D'Aych came out of the darkness as a new man and rolled out there on the prison yard with his secular raps, but it made him feel like he was faking it. Like, what would God think?! In little of no time, he made the decision to convert all of his raps to Christian raps. D'Aych was even bold enough to carry his Christian raps out to the yard. Believe it or not, it was well received! D'Aych said to himself, "If I can get a hardened criminal who is doing 20 years to cheer me on when I'm rapping for the Lord, then I might have something I need to share with a wider audience to save others from destruction."
D'Aych served a 4-year sentence from 2003 to 2007. Since he turned his life over to God, he has created 4 independent Christian Rap Music projects. The latest project, "Supply and Demand V2 - Yellow Tape Edition" will be released on November 8, 2012.
Brother D'Aych realizes there aren't very many opportunities for Christian rap artists, so he goes out there and creates opportunities. Over the past several years, he has held his own benefit concerts to provide financial aid and services to brothers and sisters here in our country, as well as outside of the country in places like Kenya and Haiti. He has also spoken to a ton of youth enrolled in different schools across the Midwest.
On October 6, 2012, D'Aych will be making his television debut on the "Fresh Fire" show, hosted by Lexi.
D'Aych is asking that you please follow him on Twitter and Reverbnation to keep abreast with his appearances and upcoming projects. Before we close this out, we want to leave you with a sample of his work. The name of the track is "The Takeover", and I love it. As you already know, that is part of our name. What are you talking about?! This song is bananas, but make sure you listen out for the whole project when it drops.
Blessings to all the readers of the Blog as well as brother D'Aych for allowing us to do a little digging beneath the surface to ask some uncomfortable questions about his past. God Bless you all until the next time.
Arielle a.k.a. Determinator1