Blaze - "I Got It" | Music 2014 | SXSW
As it has been for many musical artists—music has been a creative outlet for Blaze. "Music was always an escape for me...I was into Hip-Hop and R&B...TLC and Aaliyah were some of my favorite artists" Blaze began writing songs around 14 years old, and recalls writing her own soundtracks to movies. Music taught her how to express all the feelings she kept guarded inside. At 16 years old, Blaze started getting curious about God, and wrote a poem called "Blood of Christ". The song talked about the things she had seen Christians doing that weren't so "Godly". "A few weeks later, my family got invited to a talent show and I rapped the poem". Coming in 2nd place in the competition—the judges clearly saw that Blaze had talent but were in awe of her lyrical content, noting that her song was mature beyond her years. Yet God's purpose for her life becomes evident when her song caught the ear of another talented dancer who invited her to church. Blaze responded to the invite and in January of 2007 received Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. "I watched my whole life change...I spent hours reading the bible and I became a better person from the inside out" With her new-found faith in God, and a hope-filled heart, Blaze was on fire and ready to impact her world. No longer rapping for herself or with a hopeless message, she now wrote songs about the one who had transformed her life. "There's nothing worse than living a hopeless life and believe me I know...my songs are about trying to show people a way out and a different way of living" Blaze has since released her debut album He Reigns and has been hitting stages all over the country offering uninhibited energetic worship and a fresh perspective on the scriptures—all while remaining relevant to today's culture.