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A star is born: Meet Christian grime artist Alidor Gaspar

PRAYING: A Star is enjoying chart success

WITHIN THE UK gospel music scene, it’s the Christian rap/grime artists that seem to be making the greatest strides. And one artist who’s having great success is A Star, real name Alidor Gaspar.

In March last year, this 27-year-old Christian grime artist, who is sometimes compared to Stormzy, released his debut EP Revolutionary. It entered the official Christian and Gospel chart and the iTunes hip hop and rap chart at no 4.

The EP featured guest appearances from Utter Once and Jahaziel, who took to social media last year to share that he was no longer a Christian.

Despite Jahaziel’s decision to turn away from Christianity, A Star has great respect for the artist who used to be his mentor and introduced him to the organisation he currently works for as a missionary at London City Mission.

A Star told Soul Stirrings: “I don’t have a problem with him being on my project. I know that everything he said on my track at the time, he doesn’t disagree with.

“As well as him being a believer at one point, Jahaziel is my brother before anything. The fact he has a different stance of faith now doesn’t mean he is not my brother.

“He was my mentor at one point. He knows a lot about me, as well as I know a lot about him. And just because some of the life decisions he’s made doesn’t mean I’m gonna give up on him.”

The success of Revolutionary has opened up great opportunities for A Star. He has performed across the UK, has a date scheduled in Germany, and to his surprise, recently performed at his own sell-out show at the O2 Islington, north London.

He added: “I was scared of booking the small room for my gig. If 100 people bought tickets I’d have been happy. When it sold out, I got emails from churches and mothers who had wanted to buy tickets complaining, so I made a decision to upgrade to the bigger venue.”

And the subsequent rave reviews on social media proved he made the right choice.

A Star learnt about Christianity from his father, who became a believer whilst in prison. Athough A Star didn’t live with his father whilst growing up, during visits he accompanied his father to church.

When A Star was 19, following the death of his grandfather, his mother went to church. The church pastor then made a home visit and shared the gospel and A Star made the decision to become a Christian.

He’d developed a love for music whilst growing up, and when grime came to the fore in London’s East End, he became a follower and performer of the music.

He was inspired when he saw a gospel grime video of Bibles Bibles and seeing videos featuring artists like Lecrae and TripLee.

“I was over the moon and thought ‘wow there are actually guys that are Christian rapping and sharing their music’ that just gave me so much encouragement.

“I’m a Christian and I didn’t know what my content would be about but now I knew it would be OK to share my faith through my music.”

The future looks bright for A Star, and following the success of his show, he is weighing up his options.

“I’m in a place where I’m just trying to soak everything in. I would like to record more music and do more touring and I’m looking to put out another EP called Revolutionary 2, but a lot of people have said I’m ready to do an album.

“I’m going to be praying to God and see what He wants me to do. And as I progress He will shape things.”

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