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J. Kwest

J. Kwest

J. Kwest


For over a decade, the ministry of Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier has been an exploration in the relationship between good music and engaged faith. As an artist, this Chicago native, Morehouse Man, Pastor, and EMMY Award winner has used his unique rhythm to tell stories of deep meaning inside and out of the church. In Chicago he has been featured on CBS, ABC, Fox and WTTW; at the Taste of Chicago and the Gospel Fest, and you can often hear his music on the radio. Read more on Last.fm
For over a decade, the ministry of Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier has been an exploration in the relationship between good music and engaged faith. As an artist, this Chicago native, Morehouse Man, Pastor, and EMMY Award winner has used his unique rhythm to tell stories of deep meaning inside and out of the church. In Chicago he has been featured on CBS, ABC, Fox and WTTW; at the Taste of Chicago and the Gospel Fest, and you can often hear his music on the radio. Nationally, J.Kwest has appeared in Rolling Out and N’Digo magazines; on Dr. Maya Angelou’s Oprah & Friends radio station and at the Children’s Defense Fund; Urban Ministries International has named him “Living Black History,” and he has spoken at the national conventions for both the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). “I believe these stories are universally significant. We only spend a couple of hours in church, and we need a soundtrack for the rest of life.” A 2007 Holy Hip Hop Award winner, his song “So Blessed” was featured on the Grammy-nominated compilation, Holy Hip Hop: Taking the Gospel to the Streets.

In 2012, he and his group, Verbal Kwest, were featured in the OXFAM & Bread for the World-produced documentary, The Line, providing a critical voice against poverty and violence in the US. In 2015, Kwest won an Emmy Award for helping write and perform in a video entitled, “Strange Fruit,” celebrating the 75th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s song. Julian currently serves as pastor of University Church in Chicago and is a regular contributor toHuffington Post and Sojourners publications. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he received his M.Div degree, and McCormick Theological Seminary. Read more on Last.fm.

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