Chicago-based Christian Hip-Hop Artist Aasha Marie Discusses the Release of Her New Single “Nobody Greater”
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Chicago-based Christian Hip-Hop Artist Aasha Marie Discusses the Release of Her New Single “Nobody Greater”

Chicago-based Christian hip-hop artist Aasha Marie releases her newest single “Nobody Greater,” a genre-blending, inspirational track that celebrates the saving power of Jesus Christ. The song was written, vocally arranged, and executive produced by Aasha Marie, with musical arrangements and production by Runtrell Skinner and Terrance Holmes.

Known for her “restorative” music that blends gospel, R&B, hip-hop, and jazz to deliver a message of hope and healing, Aasha Marie Burst into the spotlight in 2020 with her highly successful album While You Were Sleeping (WYWS), which was later nominated for the 2020 Rapzilla Award for Album of the Year and Women’s Spotlight Artist of the Year. With so much excitement surrounding her recent career, Idols 2 Rivals was grateful for the opportunity to sit down with Aasha Marie for a one-on-one interview. Check it out below!

Idols 2 Rivals (I2R): What first got you into music?
Aasha Marie (AM): I started like most musicians/artists in the church. Singing, directing the choir, playing the piano, organ, and drums. I really enjoyed this experience b/c it was a great training ground for music. My family sings as well and I’ll always appreciate my upbringing as I was surrounded by music.


I2R: What’s the meaning of your track “Nobody Greater”?
AM: I was studying Colossians chapter 1 in the bible and around verse 15 it starts really talking about Jesus being preeminent, preexistent and just supreme over all people and things. His position and place in my life is key to how I live my life and see Him so I wrote this song in honor of Jesus Christ and to encourage people that we have a God who is greater than our problems, pressure and any pain. There truly is nobody greater than God.


I2R: Who inspired you to make music?
AM: A lot of the great gospel singers and musicians of my childhood. When I hear great organists/pianist play I naturally respond by wanting to write something amazing to their composition or being so moved by it, I myself want to join in on the instrumentation/moment. I grew up listening to the Tommies, Chicago Mass Choir, The Clark Sisters, Walter Hawkins, John P. Kee, Kirk Franklin, all the gospel music I heard was a huge influence.


I2R: How would you describe the music that you typically create?
AM: The message is Christian but the multi-genre music appeals to everyone as it incorporates hip hop, jazz, R&B, rock, etc. I describe it as genre-blending/blending and inspirational. It’s not quite gospel or contemporary, it’s just a really unique mesh of sounds.


I2R: What is your creative process like?
AM: It always starts with the music, I work with my producer, he’ll send me some chords or an idea and then I’ll write to it from scratch, I like to think of the lyrics as poetry and find a unique way to write to compliment the music and express what’s on my heart at the moment, then I build the melody from there and add all the color/vocal harmonies next.


I2R: Who would you most like to collaborate with?
AM: I really would love to do something with the Red Hands Band, they are phenomenal!


I2R: If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
AM: Right now Lecrae and/or DOE


I2R: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
AM: I’d be working with inner city youth full time, pouring into them and teaching them how to use their gifts/talents in God-guided ways. I would use music/art as a tool to do so, I’m already doing this currently but would really hone in on encouraging the next generation of artists & creatives.


I2R: How do you feel the internet has impacted the music business?
AM: It makes everything more accessible and easy to discover. I also love how you can find creators and connect with them simply by DM’ing them or watching them online. A lot of people are “internet famous” which is still mind-blowing to me.


I2R: What is your favorite song to perform?
AM: So outside of producing/arranging/songwriting on the gospel side, I’m a hip hop artist, I have a song called “Punch” that I love to do live b/c the audience always relates to the struggle of working a 9-to-5 that you don’t exactly love because you’re a creative person but you push through. That song really connects with people and it’s special to me.


I2R: Which famous musicians do you admire?
AM: I love Stevie Wonder because his songwriting remains amazing and as a musician, he is incredible. To me he is the standard for songwriting and musicianship.


I2R: What is the best advice you’ve been given?
AM: Use your budget wisely and for the areas that you feel will make the most impact for you as an artist, have people around you who are financially sound/savvy, money should be stewarded well and not wasted so that you have funds saved for the future.


I2R: What is one message you would give to your fans?
AM: Jesus is the Way, Truth, and the Life, there’s no love like His and never will be.


I2R: What’s next for you?
AM: I’m going to release a series of EPs, each version will be more experimental and build on the sound of the current EP, I love fusion b/c you never know what to expect from it.


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