Leading Hip-Hop sensation, Group 1 Crew, to release new album, ‘Fearless,’ on Fervent Records on 20th September 2012. The duo, comprised of Blanca Callahan and Manwell Reyes, had a hand in writing or co-writing all of the 13 tracks on the album. Their first single from the album, ‘He Said’ (featuring Chris August), went to No. 1 on Christian CHR chart, is currently at No. 9 on Christian AC chart and sits in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart.
“Group 1 Crew has been through so much in these last two years and I truly feel that all of the experiences and emotions from that period are captured in every track on ‘Fearless’. Whether it was marriage, loss, transition in our group or new beginnings, all of them had a part in this new album. God has shown me in this chapter of life that no matter what the journey may look like, He is there and will never leave me or forsake me. So as I continue on this journey of life, I’ll strive more and more each day to live ‘Fearless,’” Blanca comments. “In making this record, we dug deep into the God of our universe and found that he had us exactly where he wanted us, even if we couldn’t see it. He was telling us we had nothing to fear. So we made a record that reflected that exact revelation: ‘Fearless,’” added Manwell.
As noted by Blanca and Manwell, the title and theme of the record, ‘Fearless,’ arose from a turbulent period for the group. While creating the album, they faced numerous challenges including evolving from a trio to a duo, the passing of Blanca’s father and learning how to balance newlywed life with a heavy touring schedule. Blanca and Manwell confronted these tests and have emerged stronger than ever before. ‘Fearless’ takes fans on a lyrical journey through the truths that they faced over the past couple years. The title track, declares the message Group 1 Crew wants to convey on this album, “if You’re with me, who can be against me? I have no reason to fear.”
While the group takes the lyrical content to new depths, they also remain true to their signature Rap, Hip-Hop and Dance-infused style. Songs like ‘Freq Dat,’ ‘Night Of My Life,’ ‘Goin Down’ and ‘Dangerous’ prove club-worthy with their great beats and unforgettable hooks.
Group 1 Crew have become one of the leading Hip-Hop focused acts in the Christian music scene, broadening the parameters of faith-based music with songs that percolate with energy and resonate with the truth of God’s grace. To date, the talented group has had four hit singles break into the Top 5 on Billboard’s Christian CHR Charts. They have earned five Dove Awards; three for “Rap/Hip-Hop Album Of the Year” and two “Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song.” They also received a 2012 Dove Award for “Special Event Album of the Year,” thanks to Blanca’s collaboration on ‘The Story’. Group 1 Crew made their national TV performance debut on “The Mo’Nique Show” and their music has been featured in a variety of popular television shows, including NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent,’ FOX’s ‘The Simple Life,’ Style Network’s ‘Kimora Lee Simmons: Life in the Fab Lane,’ MTV’s ‘Run’s House,’ and The CW’s ‘One Tree Hill’.