Rapper Cassidy has joined up with a church in Pennsylvania to release a “faith-based” charity record detailing his relationship with God.

The Hotel hit-maker, real name Barry Reese, is collaborating with Pastor Jomo K. Johnson of Philly Open Air Church in Philadelphia to release the EP, with all proceeds going to two local charities.

In an interview with the Christian Post, Cassidy explains his eight-month stint in prison stemming from murder charges, and a subsequent near-fatal car accident shortly after his 2006 release, brought him closer to his Christian faith.

He says, “When I came from jail and recovered from the accident I definitely felt obligated to talk about my relationship with God because that’s the only way that I could make it through those situations that I was in…

“I just wanted to show people that you can come from the streets, you can be around a lot of different things but still have a relationship with God and be an artist and talk about it… With me, the type of music that I do and taking that opportunity to tell people about my relationship with God…

“I feel as though I can bring a lot more people that wouldn’t normally listen to gospel music or really be concerned with the Lord to spread the word. I know that’s what the Lord wants you to do. That’s pretty much the direction that I’m going in.”

In addition, Cassidy is working with Pastor Johnson, who has a publishing company called GGIS (God’s Grace is Sufficient), to release a biography on the rapper’s life.

Both projects are due for release later this year..

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