GAWVI & His Ex-Wife Respond The Failure Of Their Marriage

Christian artist and producer GAWVI has been dropped by his label, Reach, and from an upcoming tour in light of a developing scandal involving his allegedly sending unsolicited sexually explicit photos to women earlier this year.

“Due to behavior that is inconsistent with our core values, we have ended our professional relationship with GAWVI,” Reach Records said in a statement Monday afternoon. “This was a tough decision for us because of the level of complexity and because we invest in our artists not just for their talent, but also as brothers and sisters in Christ. This is something we have been processing for over a year and have wrestled with what would be the right way forward. New details that were provided made us realize today’s decision was necessary.”

After weeks of silence, GAWVI has responded to the alllegations.  “A few years ago, my marriage began to fall apart. Instead of leaning on God and facing the situation, I acted outside of the boundaries of my marriage. I began communicating and exchanging inappropriate photos with several women on social media.

“Even though I never met any of these women in person, it was inexcusable and wrong,” GAWVI added. “I regret these mistakes, I take full accountability, and I apologize to everyone I’ve hurt by my actions. Now as I continue to reflect and wrestle with the choices I’ve made, I accept that God may continue to use this period of my life to show me things that I have needed to learn, so I can become the man he has called me to be.”

GAWVI said he will continue to “work” on himself, “grow in faith” and “continue to be present” in his children’s lives. He vowed to reconnect with his fans in the coming weeks and thanked them for their support.

Following her ex-husband’s post, Azucena shared,  “I have kept my silence for years in order to protect my family and marriage. I have been focusing on my healing but I no longer want to sit back as the dishonesty continues. The lack of full ownership and true apology has been extremely hard to stomach.

“I was in a marriage where I fought for it with every ounce of me. Was I perfect? Absolutely not. What was done in my marriage I did not deserve,” she commented. “This goes beyond explicit photos being sent all throughout our marriage. This is about infidelity, emotional abuse, and more.”

Azucena said she was “emotionally abused, told that it was my fault.” She claimed he “manipulated scriptures to put blame on me for his cheating and the cause of his sin. I was really in a broken place and I victimized myself so I would apologize repeatedly to him for causing him to cheat.”

She shared that in 2020, the artist “began an affair” with someone with whom he worked. Azucena said she told GAWVI she was uncomfortable with the relationship, yet he remains “in a romantic relationship” with that person.

“This has been exhausting and a false narrative continues to be communicated,” she wrote. “I’ll continue on my healing journey and part of healing is the whole truth. Even when the truth hurts it’s necessary for genuine healing to begin for all who are involved.”

 

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Reach Records Announces We Are UNASHAMED Tour & EP

Reach Records kicks off 2022 announcing pre-sales for We Are UNASHAMED TOUR which kicks off March 17th in Austin, TX and travels to 13 cities across Midwest, South, and Southeast regions ending April 10th in Orlando, FL. The tour, branded We Are UNASHAMED references Roman’s 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes!” The verse developed from a mantra and into a movement for Reach Records, its artists and believers of the 116 Lifestyle. The lineup will include electrifying performances from Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Trip Lee, Tedashii, 1K Phew, Gawvi, Wande, WHATUPRG, and Hulvey! Ticket sales begin TODAY, Wednesday, January 26th.

Along with the tour announcement, Reach Records has released a new, We Are UNASHAMED EP, featuring three singles: “Represent II,” “Pa’ Que Sepa,” and “Otu Otu Isii.” Musically, the We Are Unashamed EP showcases Reach Record’s commitment to expanding the 116 music, movement, and lifestyle globally. “Represent II” featuring Wande, 1K Phew, Wande, Trip Lee, and Gawvi is a turnt up version of Lecrae’s Represent ft. Tedashii, originally released on Lecrae’s 2004 debut album, Real Talk. “Pa’ Que Sepa” (translated ‘So You Know’ in Spanish) featuring Tommy Royale, Brayan Booze, Don Ryvcko, Cardec Drums, and Emanuel Lara; and “Otu Otu Isii” (translated ‘One One Six’ in Igbo) which features Limoblaze, Tedashii, and Wande.

“We really wanted to unite cultures with this EP and show the world that the Unashamed message is global and bigger than where we’re from,” shares Lecrae, artist, co-founder, and president of Reach Records. Lasanna “ACE” Harris, VP of A&R who produced “Otu Otu Isii” adds, “We get so much love and support from Africa, so on Otu Otu Isii we wanted to amplify that support, blend genres, and ultimately rally around the banner of proclaiming our faith to the world.”

“The abstract graphic of the eclipse on the We Are UNASHAMED EP packaging and tour artwork is a symbol of the good news spreading across a world and people of different cultures coming together under the same sun!” shares Reach Creative Director Kevin Hackett. “The eclipse also represents a transition and an awakening that we all felt when we gave our lives to Christ. We want to represent the power and the joy in that awakening and share it with the masses.”

We Are UNASHAMED EP is currently available on all digital music streaming platforms. Click here to stream

Exclusive: GAWVI Shares Vision For Spanish-Language Album ‘Noche Juvenil’

As an homage fueled by nostalgia of times past, GAWVI recently released Noche Juvenil, which translates to Youth Night, to capture the Latino Christian experience he and his friends wished for while growing up. Consistent with his aim to create a new sonic lane for Christian Music, GAWVI taps into his native culture to bring the change he desires to see in music and faith culture. GAWVI’s first full Spanish-language production, Noche Juvenil draws inspiration from some of the most groundbreaking Latino urban artists. Musically, it is “straight-up reggaeton with sprinkles of EDM and trap” that presents an array of exhilarating collaborations with fellow trailblazers like Blanca, Maria Juliah, Madiel Lara, Tommy Royale, and WXLF. In this TCB Exclusive, Gawvi shares about his vision for the record, the timing of the release and his hopes for the collection.

Congratulations on the recent release of your first ever Spanish-language album titled Noche Juvenil! How long has this album been a dream of yours?
Wow, since I started music, I knew it was something I wanted to do.

Why is it important to you that you created a Spanish-language album?
It feels really important to connect with my roots as a Latino, it’s who I am and I always want my music to reflect who I am.

Looking back, is there one moment during the process that you can identify now as providing the resolve that this music needed to be released into the world?
For this album, it needed to come out now, because the way the music is going in the Latin market, the influence is so wide and vast, and I knew there needed to be more of the Christian movement getting behind it.

You are releasing the full album as a surprise with little to no warning of a release date. What prompted this decision?
I like things feeling mysterious and secretive when it comes to my projects because it’s like my baby and I want to hold onto it as much as I can from the world, and also because I love seeing the reaction of my fans and how they react to that mysterious momentum. But I will say, I did tease it a lot on my socials, so my fans could tell what was coming early on.

If you could pick just one of the tracks, which do you think the world most needs to hear now and why?
I would say “Dicen” because it’s such an intimate prayer that I had with God that I got to write down and sing about. I think a lot of the time the world is telling you who God is, but I think it starts when you truly find out who God is in your heart.

You released a music video alongside the first single “Que Paso” last month. How did you find the inspiration behind the track and ultimately create the accompanying visual?
I knew I needed to create something crazy that I personally had never heard before in the Christian Latin market – my personal opinion. It felt very on brand with what I do in the Christian market but with a Latin flare. The meaning of the song was about here, now, this is the new movement of Christian reggaeton and ‘What happened?! We are here!’

In addition to your own music, you were also recently featured on Blanca’s “Zone”. How did this collaboration come about?
We have been trying to connect for years. I knew Manuel from Group 1 Crew and that’s how the connection started. Then last year in 2020, it became official that she wanted me to get in the studio with her and I ended up producing 4 of her tracks and then in turn, I wanted her on my album as well, and from there we started a cool friendship.

What are you most expectant for in 2021?
I am hoping we can throw some of the biggest tours! I would love to merge Heathen and Noche Juvenil together.

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KB Brings The Concert Stage To The Screen With ‘Glory Nights’ Live Interactive Experience

Chart topping, award winning hip-hop artist KB will be bringing his blazing new album His Glory Alone to the virtual stage on November 21st, as the rapper will be hosting Glory Nights – a live interactive concert experience featuring special performances and collaborations. Broadcasted in partnership with VYE from Nashville, Tennessee, Glory Nights will offer a one-of-a-kind real-time experience for the audience, allowing fans to interact with the artists as well as amongst themselves. Showtime is at 7 p.m. CST, and tickets and more information are available online.

“I’m so excited for people to be a part of a brand-new online experience that transcends the typical livestream,” KB says. “I’ve pushed myself and my team towards this goal and I believe we have created something unlike anyone has seen before – Glory Nights. You won’t want to miss this groundbreaking event!”

Paid VIP ticketing options allow for additional experiences, including exclusive Native Supply merchandise, autographed memorabilia, a 5-minute one-on-one Zoom meet & greet with KB, and on-screen access to an interactive taping of KB’s podcast Southside Rabbi, which will take place prior to the Glory Nights event.

KB will be bringing his trademarked high-energy performance to the Glory Nights livestream event, performing brand new arrangements of tracks from his highly acclaimed new album His Glory Alone. Joining KB are special guests GAWVI, FLAME, WHATUPRG, Blanca, Derek Minor, Hulvey, and Tommy RoyaleHis Glory Alone, which contains some of KB’s most raw and uninhibited work to date, slotted in at No. 3 on the Contemporary Christian Albums Chart and debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums Chart.

His Glory Alone available here 

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