NASHVILLE (BP) — Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist Lecrae has signed a book deal with B&H Publishing Group of LifeWay Christian Resources.
Releasing in May 2016, the book will be titled “Unashamed” and will discuss details of his difficult past, including childhood abuse, struggles with drugs and alcoholism, bouts of depression, and a suicide attempt.
The book will tell Lecrae’s story of staying faithful in a world that is increasingly faithless. Throughout his journey, Lecrae has retained an unwavering faith in Jesus Christ and learned powerful lessons about what it means to be a Christian in the midst of a skeptical world.
“As an artist, my ambition is to make honest music, and I feel the same way about writing this book,” Lecrae said. “I want to be honest about where I’ve come from and what I’ve learned along the way. I want to influence culture, to help catalyze and inspire, and help other people find understanding. If they find some inspiration and some clarity for their own lives, as they follow my journey, then I will have succeeded.”
Jennifer Lyell, B&H trade book publisher, noted, “We are thrilled to partner with an artist of the creative caliber of Lecrae. His unique ability to communicate a message that gives hope and compels toward greater faithfulness will undoubtedly result in a game-changing book for individuals and ultimately for the broader culture.”
Lecrae is a Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist whose 2014 album, “Anomaly,” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, Rap, Digital, Christian, Gospel and Independent charts. His seven studio albums have sold more than 1.5 million copies. In 2014, Lecrae co-headlined the highest selling tour in America. He has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song (2015) and Best Gospel Album (2013). He has also been nominated for 14 Dove Awards.
In addition to earning accolades for his musical talent, Lecrae has gained wide recognition for maintaining strong commitment to his faith and values. In 2013, he helped launch a national initiative devoted to restoring America’s commitment to fatherhood. He was also named the NFL Players Choice Performer during the 2013 Super Bowl XLVII weekend in recognition of his positive lyrics. Lecrae resides in Atlanta, Ga., with his wife and three children.