In honor of the first days of basketball season, Christian rapper Blake Whiteley has released a new single, “IWU Anthem.” Listen to it right here:
Whiteley is an accomplished Hoosier hip hop performer who turned his back on a remarkable mainstream opportunity to dedicate his life and his craft to Christ:
“Prior to CHRIST, I was a secular artist growing in internet recognition, opening for major headliners, and ultimately giving in to the empty promises of this world,” Whiteley recalls on his Facebook page. “I sought pleasure in women, fortune, and fame instead of true fulfillment in our LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST. During a show at Auburn University, with Wiz Khalifa, I realized there had to be more to life than the temporary “satisfaction” of my sin….I walked off the stage in the middle of the show with Wiz Khalifa and flew home to give my life to Christ. After a time of spiritual growth, God called me to continue rapping but showed me a new avenue for the talent He has given me. The focus of my music now is to honor God most of all with the lyrics and reflect the light of CHRIST through my ministry and testimony.”
To hear more from Blake Whiteley, and to purchase “IWU Anthem,” check out his page on ReverbNation.
This video from WIWU-TV matches Whiteley’s composition with a video presenting the 2013 2014 Wildcats starting lineup: