WLAK Collective member Christon Gray released his debut album, School Of Roses, under Collision Records on March 25th. In the lead up to the album release, Christon released a four part “Making School Of Roses” video series and, in case you missed any of them, I’ve collected them all together below so they’re all in one place. Below them is also some more information on Christon Gray and the album from his PR team.
About “School Of Roses:”
Life tends to school all of us as it teaches us lessons that we can only learn through our own set of personal experiences. School of Roses is that set of personal experiences for Christon Gray, offering a translucent album of ups and downs in his pursuit of Jesus—no filters, no masks. Christon Gray leads us on the emotional trail that shows his heart, Jesus’ love and, hopefully, your need for him daily.
About Christon Gray:
At age 27, Christon Gray is an artist truly ahead of his time. Musically gifted to write, sing, rap, produce and design, there are no limitations on his ability to reach every demographic. His sound is a premium blend of classical, jazz, gospel, soul, pop and even rap in a sophisticated manner. His inspirations range from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, Bill Withers, Earth Wind and Fire, to Paul McCartney, Marvin Winans, Lauryn Hill, The Roots and Alicia Keys. In 2006, he entered the Christian Rap genre writing, rapping, singing and producing with the Christian rap group, The Elevationists. While working on their first album, a large demand for their music became very apparent in the Midwest region. The “Necessary” LP was released in May 2007. His debut solo album, entitled, “Even With Evil With Me”, released July 2011 and is available on iTunes. Christon is a featured artist on label mate Swoope’s critically acclaimed album “Wake Up” and featured on the widely received Lecrae mix tape “Church Clothes”. Collision is excited to have him as part of the family and to see what the Lord will do through him as an ambassador through music. Christon is part of the collective WLAK (We Live As Kings) with the self titled album WLAK (We Live As Kings) releasing March 5th, 2013, debuting at #1 on the iTunes Hip Hop / Rap chart, #3 overall album iTunes Chart, #1 Billboard Gospel Chart, #6 Billboard Christian Album Chart, #7 Billboard Rap Album Chart, & #81 Billboard top 200 chart. Christon released his highly anticipated, debut album under Collision Records entitled “School of Roses” on March 25th.
This is not an album written to purposely avoid Jesus in every song with the hope to get acclaim and break mainstream—who cares about that? Seriously, please do not put us in that box. The content is written in such a way that you have to get through Christon’s mess and faults—as well as yours—in order to appreciate the love of Christ that is at the end of the album. “Arena” is the culmination. We are forcing all listeners to really listen to the whole album or do not listen at all. So, just as in the Bible, the full culmination of Jesus’s message is realized at the end of the book in Revelation, at the new heaven and the new earth, not at the beginning in Genesis.
How to listen to the album:
As mentioned above, this is an album to experience Christon’s temptations, struggles, and overall internal conflict that comes with growing up; the end being Jesus’s love and amazement with him, and love for mankind, despite our mess and struggles to love Him and one another.
Christon Gray “School of Roses” track listing:
1. The Last Time
2. Wanna (feat. JGivens)
4. Vanish (feat. Swoope)
5. Roses 101 – After All
6. Hello or Goodbye
7. Moving On
8. Convenient (feat. Wes Pendleton)
10. Roses 102 – Burning House
11. Nostalgious (feat. Taelor Gray & B. Reith)
12. Lady Gray (Easy to Love)
13. Roses 103 – Ghost
14. Arena (The Final Hour)
Story Source: SOHH PR/JesusWired
Buy School Of Roses on iTunes here.