Nashville, TN (Dec 26, 2007) - Stellar Award winner and 2008 Holy Hip-Hop Award honoree Da' T.R.U.T.H. will be a featured performer on the MTV hit reality show "My Super Sweet 16," airing January 1, 2008, as part of a private celebration honoring the daughter of mega-church pastor Rev. R.A. Vernon of The Word Church in Cleveland, Ohio.
Unlike the usual outrageous, over-the-top behavior that is a staple of the MTV show, the celebration for Rev. Vernon's daughter highlighted Christian values. Among the more than 500 invited guests were needy teens who showed up at the church recently for a school supplies giveaway." In an interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Miss Vernon stated, "I wanted everybody to know Christian girls can have fun. It's not about the money. It's not about the flashy stuff."
Da T.R.U.T.H.'s GRAMMY Award-nominated Open Book project ("Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album") released this summer on Cross Movement Records and set a new record by securing the highest Soundscan/Billboard Chart debut for a gospel hip-hop artist when Open Book captured the #2 position on the Billboard Top Gospel Chart. The album also debuted at #1 on Soundscan's Christian R&B/Hip-Hop Chart and at #3 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Chart. Open Book has delighted fans across a variety of genres according to Billboard's charts, debuting at #5 on the Contemporary Christian Chart, #6 on the Top Christian/Gospel Chart and #18 on the Rap Chart. The album's single, "Who Am I?" featuring Tye Tribbett, debuted at #9 on HipHopRnBSoul.com's Top 10 Hip-Hop Songs as the only gospel song on the chart, positioned between Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothin'" and 50 Cent's "Amusement Park."
The gospel hip-hop artist was named one of the top "Movers and Shakers Under 40" this summer by Trumpet Magazine alongside Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. This month, Da' T.R.U.T.H. was featured on MyNetwork TV's "Christmas at the Cathedral: A Night of 5,000 Lights" with some of gospel music's top artists, including Mary Mary, Tye Tribbett & GA, Smokie Norful, J. Moss, Martha Munizzi, Marvin Sapp and David Peaston. His video, "Who Am I (featuring Tye Tribbett)," was also recently nominated for a Gospel Music Channel Video Award (GMCVA) in the hip-hop category. Winners for the GMCVAs will be announced on December 29, 2007.
Da' T.R.U.T.H.'s widespread appeal has landed him in the pages of Vibe, The Source, XXL, Sister2Sister, JET, Charisma, CCM and New Man magazines, among others. His television appearances include "BET News," BET's "Lift Every Voice," TBN's "Praise The Lord," INSP's "Steelroots" and "Mixx Master's Lounge," the Word Network's "Bobby Jones Gospel" and Daystar Television Network's "Sound Check." Da' T.R.U.T.H. was also a featured artist in "Holy Hip-Hop: The Movie."
Da' T.R.U.T.H.'s Open Book is available on Cross Movement Records and distributed in the CBA market by Provident-Integrity Distribution and by Sony RED in the general market. For more information on Da' T.R.U.T.H. and his new album Open Book, visit www.datruth.net, myspace.com/truthonduty or www.crossmovementrecords.com.
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