Updated: Mar 30
We don't have to wait til Veteran's Day to celebrate those whom have served our country. Meet Josh Monday, a recently discharged soldier in the U.S. Army, a loving husband and father. Oh, and a dope rapper.
"The way I was introduced to Jesus Christ was by my father, he always taught me about the Bible growing up. When my parents divorced when I was 14, that took me on a path of partying and using alcohol and drugs to numb the pain. My father also strayed away from God, he also got involved in some heavy drugs. He went to jail. After coming out of jail, he started to grow closer to the Lord.
I would pray at times and say I was a Christian but I wasn't committed to really living like a Christian.
Then I was deployed in 2016 and every phone conversation I had with my father was about scripture. He got me closer to the Lord. I just didn't fully commit to the Lord until two years ago. My wife and I both had a tough relationship when I deployed. It was a huge strain on our relationship with me being gone for a year. We both got saved at Calvary Chapel Diamond Bar by Pastor Raul Reis. We both needed Jesus in our marriage and knew that it wouldn't last without Him. Now we don't just talk about the Bible, we live it. We study the word together and we are super active in our church Calvary Chapel Summit Church in Fontana.
I started rapping at the age of 14. Every place I would go with my friends I would find a cypher stand in the middle and rap against who ever wanted to battle. My brother met a recording company CEO while installing cable at his house. He told him that his little brother rapped. So I free-styled over the phone for him and he signed me. I was 14 years old going down to South Central Los Angeles and rapping in the studio. I completed an album called "What He's Got To Say". The album was never completely released due to contractual conflict. I have been close to signing with Death Row Records after meeting Suge Knight at the Staples Center and almost signed with Universal Texas. I was unable to complete these deals due to bad management.
I got sick of the lies and deceit involved in secular music. Everyone seems to have empty promises so I quit recording and stopped doing music. When I was deployed in Kuwait October 2016, I did a talent show for the Army performing a "Christian/Army" song called "Always Got a Gun On Me". I won first place and I fell in love with performing and creating all over again. When I got back from deployment, I started working on my new Album, "Any Given Monday", which I plan to release July 11, 2019.
I listen to my Pastor's sermons and I let the Holy Spirit guide my writing. I don't sit and try to write my own ideas anymore. I pray that God shows me what He wants me to write.
I have released three singles for the Album so far. 1. "Keep Me Away" 2. "Call it How I see it" 3. "Seek God First: featuring Myia B and I just released a new single April 12, 2019 called 'Who Do you Call'.
The reason I joined the Army was to learn discipline, I needed to have the Army balance out my life. I needed to be stripped of my civilian ways and built up with discipline. I wanted to learn water treatment from the Army so that I could get a civilian job working for water company. All of that came true! I work for Veolia Water as a lead operator. I deployed with the Army from September 2016 to September 2017. I also got to do the NCO of the Year Completion. The army taught me so much about being a leader. Having God and the Army experience together makes for a great combination. I use the physical fitness discipline to help me avoid sin in my life. I am a better person because of the Army but I got out February 26, 2019.
I am done serving the country, now I am ready to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
My new single, 'Who Do You Call', is about Police, Firefighters, Military and God. It is giving props to the heroes in Law Enforcement, First Responders, and the Military. It's dedicated to all members whom have been injured or lost their life in the line of duty. Please listen with an open heart and God bless you and your family in Jesus name. Amen.
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