“I started writing raps and poetry at the age of fifteen because it was what my friends were doing at the time,” says San Francisco-born rapper and poet Terrence Thomas, “but suddenly I began to develop a sincere passion for my ability to express myself through my music and my poems. Rapping and writing poetry became my source of release and a way to get whatever was in my heart out,” he says.
This love of the craft of writing and rhyming is not only a hobby or passion for Terrence, artist name Chaziel, but is a direct reflection of how he has been revolutionized by the love of God. It was during time in prison that Terrence came into contact with the power of God in a way that transformed him spiritually and artistically.
Although he had known about the Lord all his life, it was at the age of 23 he came to accept the power of God’s grace and mercy on him in a way he had not quite done so before. Because of hardship and, more importantly, victory, he has a clear vision for the purpose of his music: to testify about the grace of God in his life and provide “common ground” to whoever is willing to give an ear to his testimony.
He describes his work as different – but different with a cause. We were glad to have Chaziel at our Poets of Faith show on June 21, 2014 to share the meaning and power of that cause with us.