On this episode of The 116 Life we are thrilled to introduce you to a special guest, Mike Teezy, a Christian rapper, singer, dancer, and artist. We are excited to welcome the Christian content creator on to talk, creativity, faith, music and culture.
Discovering the Gift of Creativity
Mike Teezy’s journey is nothing short of inspiring. He’s been all over, with many celebrities posting about him. But his journey to stardom wasn’t always smooth sailing. Mike shares that he has always been a dancer and started playing the drums at a young age. He was shy growing up, but he eventually came out of his shell and started exploring his creativity through poetry and recording songs in his friends’ apartment.
Mike’s journey wasn’t without its challenges. He faced bullying and struggled with insecurities, which led to suicidal thoughts and attempts. It wasn’t until he broke down and cried out to God that he found some relief from these internalized traumas.
The Turning Point
The turning point for Mike came when he received news of a friend’s tragic death. It made him realize the fragility of life and the need to fulfill his calling. He wrote a worship song and shared it with his parents, which marked the beginning of his journey into music.
Triumph from Trauma
Mike’s life is a testament to the triumph that can come from trauma. He shares his testimony of being run over by a drunk driver at the age of seven and miraculously being healed by God in just 20 minutes. He also talks about another car accident where his lumbar two was broken, but again, God healed him. These experiences made him question why God protected and healed him, leading him to realize that there must be more to his life than just dancing.
The Role of Social Media
In 2019, Mike walked off his job after hearing the voice of God telling him it was time for something new. He was unsure of what to do next and asked God for guidance. Eventually, his wife supported his decision, and things started falling into place. He left his job, and opportunities, including shows and a promotion for his wife, started coming in.
However, in 2020, when the pandemic hit, things slowed down, and Mike questioned if God still trusted him. During this waiting period, he served others by doing graphic design and merchandise for local artists. He would print and press t-shirts for them, even doing 20 or 30 shirts in a day to make ends meet. Mike remained diligent and consistent in his craft, participating in various challenges on social media to stay visible and sharpen his skills as an artist.
Embracing Different Genres
The waiting season taught Mike humility and helped shape him into a diverse artist. He learned not to box himself in and embraced different genres of music. His ability to rap, sing, and explore various styles has made him stand out among other artists. Social media, particularly TikTok, played a significant role in his success.
The Importance of Perseverance
Mike emphasizes the importance of not getting too attached to one post and not getting discouraged if it doesn’t perform well. He talks about the need to keep putting out content and not giving up. He credits his work ethic for his success and mentions that he always strives for excellence in everything he does.
When asked about his upcoming projects, Mike mentions the McDonald’s Inspiration Tour and encourages people to check out his music on various platforms, including streaming services, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. He wants to leave people with the message of not giving up and staying faithful in their pursuits.
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