Jeremy Wible Best known by his stage name Jay Matthews is an American Hip-Hop Artist. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and raised in Michigan & Texas. Jay Matthews released his debut EP, Before The Dream, in 2011 through his independent record label. The EP produced his first breakthrough single “Winter Heart” which drew the attention of fans, record labels, and radio stations globally. He has toured the mid-west, west coast, and hit every major city between Michigan and Texas on his “Genesis Tour.” In total Jay has done over 300 shows. As of 2015 Jay renewed his faith and his passion for Christ which is growing with every song. The latest album When Doves Cry is Jay putting everything on table and revealing all his struggles and pain and turning towards Christ to heal his soul.
Now some of you are asking how Jay got to this moment. What made him turn from a secular artist to living for Christ? Lets take a trip! Everything was on track, tours were moving forward, albums were selling, and the websites were getting a crazy amount of hits. So what was wrong? My heart just wasn’t into it. To understand this you have to go back many moons ago when I first started. I got into the game as a “Christian” artist. I was raised in the church so I would stand on stage and freestyle and overall just have a good time. I had very strong faith and a heart of gold. Of course I was still a kid and doing dumb things that I wasn’t proud of, but I tried. That all changed when I was ripped away from my family and sent to live on the other side of the country. It didn’t help that I was a sophomore in high school and everyone I knew was in Michigan. It didn’t help that my grandmother was murdered and my voice of reason was gone. A lot of things piled on top of each other and after that moment I cried. Then I just snapped. I had lost hope and faith. In the summers back up in Michigan it was all about getting money, partying, and doing absolutely dumb things that by the grace of God I didn’t end up in prison or dead. That is not an understatement in the least. I kept my faith in God, but like a stubborn little kid I wanted to do what I wanted to do. I still prayed every night but I never got the right response. I started becoming of the world and so did my music. I used excuses like I was doing some good with my music, but in reality I just needed something to voice all my anger, pain, and frustrations out on. Everything did a 180 and slowly I was no better than your average secular artist who rhymed. Of course I still had some Christian values and dropped tracks with references to God and life but I was blind.
This brings us to the era of Kryptonite. From 2008 until 2012 I did over 300+ shows, went all over the country, sold 20k street albums and was having a blast doing it. I had gone through a few managers but everything was still perfect. Well, one day I started having massive anxiety and panic problems and ended up in a mental ward; I was lost. When I got back out things still went on as usual and I just dealt with the problems with high dosage medication. It was okay for about 3 years with a few relapses here and there. I made a little change and changed by name to Jay Matthews and reemerged with a top 40 sound and slightly less anger in my rhymes. Even with all this the void the was still there. God was still trying to reach out to me and I still had a long way to go.
I had just come back from a tour that ended at SXSW, about to drop an EP, a new music video, and head back out on the road. The massive panic attacks and anxiety started hitting again. I had a few unexplainable things happen that you would probably call me crazy for. But I had a lot of time to think and get my head together and I realized one thing; I was a lost soul. Of course I had a great Fiancé, an amazing son, and supportive family, but a major piece was still missing. Eventually I came to the realization that I went way off the path I wanted to go on and I needed to have a long hard talk with God. Get right with God and make music that the 14 year old me would be proud of. I went back to the drawing board let the God use me and restart everything. I relate to everyone who is struggling with their faith. I relate to people who turn from god because they are mad at him. I relate to people who know the bible inside and out but still don’t have a relationship with God. In today’s world being a Christian is tough. Temptations are everywhere. Pain is going to happen. Christ died for all our sins and through him you can rise above all.