3-time GRAMMY® nominated, multiple Stellar and Dove Award-winning Inspirational Artist, Songwriter, Producer and Pastor Deitrick Haddon’s 8th studio album Masterpiece debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Gospel Album Chart, #1 on Gospel Overall and #2 on Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums. This is Deitrick’s 7th studio album to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Gospel Album Chart. Masterpiece is a mixture of gospel, hip-hop, R&B and reggae. The first single “Restore Me Again” received acclaim from critics and fans leading to the anticipation for Masterpiece. To keep the momentum going Deitrick is set to release his 2nd single “Be Like Jesus” — an uptempo, R&B/gospel infused track encouraging a positive lifestyle on Wednesday, November 18th. Masterpiece is composed of 16 soulful and inspirational tracks, Deitrick expects this album to motivate and inspire, helping people to understand reason and purpose in life. Checkout our latest and brand new interview with Deitrick !!!!
Dee-1 honed his lyrical skills while balancing two careers, teaching middle school children by day and performing at rap shows at night. The New Orleans native’s love for hip-hop was born while attending Louisiana State University during a year filled with grief and heartbreak. 2005 was a very tumultuous year for Dee-1. First, his world was shaken to the core when his best friend was murdered during a robbery following a flag football game. Second, he experienced the pain of ending a five-year relationship with his high school sweetheart. Third, he watched his hometown of New Orleans endure the catastrophic flooding of Hurricane Katrina. Finally, his life flashed before his eyes when he was the victim of an armed robbery at gunpoint. Despite the difficult year, Dee-1 interpreted these events as a wake-up call to reaffirm his Christianity.
Dee-1 has also enjoyed the recognition from many of his peers in the music industry. Dee-1 has toured with chart topping and Grammy award winning artists, such as Macklemore, Lupe Fiasco and Lecrae. His online buzz sparked interest from various record labels, including New Orleans based Cash Money Records, however, Dee-1 opted to sign with RCA Inspiration in 2013. Featuring stand out singles, “Against Us” and “I’m Not Perfect,” the 3’S UP EP will be available everywhere digital music is sold on February 17, 2015. Checkout interview with Dee-1 from the Essence Music Festival.