When Eddie DeGarmo recently announced his upcoming retirement as the President of Capitol CMG Publishing, it cast a shadow far beyond the walls of his employer. DeGarmo, after all, has been a key figure in every phase of the Christian music industry – from Grammy-nominated artist to record label founder. Consequently, many will feel his absence.
Twenty years is a high mark for any label, but for an independent like Gotee Records, it’s a monumental achievement. Yet Gotee is an atypical label with an artist roster built on genre pioneers and a penchant for pushing the envelope. Their risks have been oft rewarded, and co-founder Joey Elwood says caving in to industry fears is still his primary concern.
The worlds of rap and rock have long been intertwined. A mutual admiration society of sorts, cross-collaborations and blended musical incorporations blur genre lines. And the past decade has produced watershed industry and fan recognition, transforming gospel rap and rock platforms from faith-based niches to mainstream successes. On the heels of Seventh Day Slumber’s latest LP release, We are the Broken (VSR Music Group), band frontman Joseph Rojas joins Grammy-nominated gospel hip-hop artist/songwriter/ professor FLAME for a conversation about the opportunity of artists of Christian faith in both genres to proclaim a message to the masses through music.