Rel Paul

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Jerel Paul Bland also know by his stage name Rel Paul is a Pastor, Christian hip hop artist, Motivational Speaker & author. He is co-owner & co-founder of Society Revival Music Group & also co-owner of Sovereign City Clothing. He released his first solo studio album, Spoiler Alert, November 1st 2011 which featured fellow Christian artist Marvin Winans Jr., Canton Jones, Christy Johnson of Worth Dying For & others. The Lead Pastor of the diverse metro Detroit area church, Pavilion Towers, also released the church's debut worship project, Crisis Worship, to rave reviews, an album that features Rel Paul as the key writer. The Detroit-native released the free 7 song promotion album, Vomit, on March 22 2012 which has led to the high anticipation of his free full-length album, All Things, scheduled to release in summer, 2013. The label has also already begin plans on his 2nd solo studio retail album scheduled for late 2013. Brought up in the church by parents who are now pastors, Rel experienced the same pressures as most young adults being raised in the church. The identity issues caused by pressure from peers to be a follower, and pressure from the church to be a leader, helped start a self indulged rebellion that began to cause him to be someone he did not even recognize anymore. After his parents made a life changing decision to enroll him in a christian school for his freshmen year of high school, things slowly began to become clear. He still did not live a life exemplifying that of a christian; however, the people instrumental to helping get him to that place where now in place. Always having a secret passion for music he begin to do a few christian rap songs with a friend his senior year in high school. He had been listening to the genre of music since his 1st CHH album at 12 years old. Still dealing with identity issues, he figured this would help to bridge the gap between the neighborhood and the school. The neighborhood would see rapping as cool and the church would see he was rapping about Jesus. Not expecting the duo to become more than just a fun experience they would continue to do shows, while opening for national acts, traveling, and expanding the duo to a much bigger group all while Rel continued to say one thing but live another. It was the summer of 1996, that everything for Rel would begin to change. While going to a service that his group was scheduled to perform at, the preacher began to speak and canceled the performances for the night. He begin to speak about how someone with a great call on their life was living a double life and that God had brought them there and canceled the planned service to get their attention. Rel knew that message was for him. Hiding his face, now full of tears, in the back row to be sure that no one knew that the person he was talking to was one of the people who was scheduled to minister in song that night, Rel quickly drove home, only to find his mother and aunt already in prayer. On that night he accepted everything God had for him to do and hasn't looked backed since. Rel currently still calls Detroit his home with his wife & 6 children. He & his wife of 17 years are the Lead Pastors of Pavilion Towers in Dearborn Heights, MI