An Introduction To Illuminate’s Music…

Introducing Illuminate’s music…

Below is all you need to start familiarizing yourself with Illuminate’s music, from his bio, to details on his 2015 album Charismata, and several music videos. Let us know what you think of it in the comments below…

We’ll be interviewing Illuminate soon, and reviewing Charismata at some point too, so stay “Plugged In!” to us for those.

Illuminate’s Bio (taken from Facebook page):

Illuminate (Nathan Bartlett) was born Sep 25th 1981 in San Pablo, CA. and was raised a majority of his life in Richmond, CA. and the surrounding areas in the San Francisco Bay Area. His father David also a Richmond native was a drummer for the famous Funk & Soul group “Tower of Power” and became introduced to heroin through the music industry and battled with addiction for 27 years. His mother Catherine who was raised in San Francisco and East Oakland in foster homes, juvenile halls and children’s shelters also battled drug and alcohol addictions for a number of years. It was in this environment that young Nathan Bartlett was introduced to life.

God began to call on young Nathan in summer day camp at First Baptist Church in Richmond and in Youth Group at Valley Bible Church in Hercules by the time he was twelve. Yet it was at this same age that he was lured in by the world and lies of the enemy and felt compelled to join a gang and begin the dark journey into a world full of lies, deception, sin & darkness. Once having a chance to be a successful athlete in High school and get a college scholarship he instead chose to drink, smoke, party, & rebel. These decisions led him to repeated incarceration in juvenile hall. It was during this troubled time that he began rapping and recorded his first secular release at seventeen years old.

Soon after trauma hit the life of Nathan at eighteen when his father was found in a motel room overdosed on heroin. Broken and lost he was invited by his aunt and cousin to Victory Outreach in Richmond CA. It was there that he surrendered his life to Christ and eight months later backslid worse than ever into a life of sin. He got involved deeper into the music industry, dealing drugs, gangbanging, drug use, violence and even pimping. Nathan became addicted to powder cocaine, alcohol, & ultimately sin until August 19, 2009.

That day Nate was in Hayward CA. in his prostitute’s living room when he saw a skit on the internet titled ‘Everything’ by Life house. As he watched that skit his heart literally broke. The Holy Spirit invaded that apartment and Nathan began to weep in the presence of God, lifted up his hands to the Lord and Surrendered saying “Lord I can’t do this no more without you”. It had been nine and a half years since he had backslid and he knew this moment was a life or death decision. He had been seeing 666 on license plates over ten times a day while driving for 2 weeks now and knew the Lord was calling him, so without any hesitation Nathan Bartlett chose life and rededicated his life whole heartedly to Jesus Christ. (here’s the link to that skit )

Upon this decision to serve God, Nathan checked himself into a Men’s home in Hayward CA. Wanting to cut any link to his past as Nasty Nate, He deleted the masters of his latest secular project that was about to be released with artists featured such as (Fabolous, The Game, Snoop Dogg, E-40, Baby Bash, etc etc). He wanted nothing to do with the music industry or rap music ever again. As he strengthened his walk with the Lord and continued to mature in Christ , he received a prophecy from a Pastor. A prophecy that he would once again rap but this time He would be a voice in the wilderness for the Lord and would have a worldwide music ministry that would set the captives free, gangsters would put down their guns and bandanas, drug addicts would lay down their pipes and major musicians would walk away from their record deals through the music the Lord would do through Nathan’s Ministry.

Nathan Bartlett (Illuminate) has now been in active ministry and leading many souls to the Lord truly living a lifestyle of Evangelism. He is a Minister/Artist and Rize N Shine Music and Owner of Arts in Crafts Clothing Co. and attends Living Hope Christian Center in Emeryville, CA.

Personal words from Illuminate: I lived in darkness for so many years and I have firsthand knowledge of the street life and gangsta mentality and cause of my past and how intimate I once was with sin and darkness, I am able to expose the lies of the enemy that I once believed for so long. I realize my life is not my own and I will continue to do everything possible to help lead everyone to Salvation & a better life through Jesus Christ and expose the lies satan and this world have been telling us all since birth. The streets have nothing good to offer and I will let nothing stop me from telling the truth. Thank you for your time God Bless you and Always Remember that Jesus Loves You with All His Heart and Today Is the Day of Salvation!!

Current/Upcoming Projects

Illuminate CharismataIlluminate released his 9-track Charismata album on May 12th earlier this year. The buy links are at the bottom of the article.

Charismata Tracklisting:

  1. Charismata ft.Esraelia Mack
  2. That Flight ft: Sevin, Young Lyfe & Tiz
  3. Renegades feat. Pyrexx
  4. Swerve
  5. 1, 2, 3 ft. Th3 Saga
  6. Monster ft. Dillon Chase
  7. State Of Emergency ft. Seven T, Faith, Prince Judah & Infinite Automatik
  8. Bout Whuteva (Sevin/Illuminate)
  9. Simply Amazing ft. Mo. Grant


Illuminate – Renegades feat. Pyrexx

As the video’s description states, “Illuminate teamed up with PyRexx outta Houston, Texas to bring you this Holy Ghost Street Anthem that’s guaranteed to quake any system you play it on. Real Raw & Uncut Christ Centered lyrics that are real enough to penetrate any hard heart is what Illuminate & PyRexx deliver on this so make sure you share it with those who are in dire need of hope and need to hear that real from some walking miracles!”

Illuminate – That Flight ft: Sevin, Young Lyfe & Tiz

Seven/Illuminate – Bout Whuteva

Illuminate – Fly Away feat: Esraelia Mack

Illuminate – Let It Bang

Illuminate – Where He’s Brought Me From

Illuminate – Free Indeed ft. Gill Gatsby, Saylah

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