Musical Artist Profile
Group 1 Crew
If there's one word to aptly describe both Group 1 Crew's artistic ingenuity and personal growth since we last heard from the five-time Dove Award-winning troupe, it's certainly Fearless as the title to their fourth studio CD so boldly proclaims. Besides pushing the musical envelope towards an endlessly infectious stream of, pop, rock, inspirational hip-hop and rap confections, it's impossible not to notice the exponential personal growth for co-vocalists Manwell Reyes and Blanca Reyes Callahan.
"One of the main changes personally is balancing being married with going on the road, and professionally, that we went from a trio to a duo," explains Blanca, citing long time collaborator Pablo Villatoro returning to full-time family life. "That was a very scary transition as we waited to see what God had in store for Group 1 Crew after, plus right around that time, I also lost my father. So there were certainly some big tribulations and hurdles we went through, but also some really great things like marriage, all of which really added to the record and gave Fearless a lot of heart."While Fearless is certainly poised to take Group 1 Crew to the next stratosphere of success, it's that calling that still serves as members' primary priority. However, it goes beyond simply conveying their spiritually-centered message, but presenting it within a creative framework that assures the utmost of social relevance. "This is music a Christian can play in front of their unchurched friends and we can be a bridge in the conversation," sums up Manwell before Blanca reveals the group's impact goals on believers. "Even in the face of craziness or the hurricane of emotions going on in your life, you need to always remain Fearless. When God's called you to something great, don't ever be afraid to step out in faith and don't ever give up."
Group 1 Crew’s current single, “His Kind Of Love” can be heard on Celebration Radio.