About a week before Christmas, J-Phish spent his lunch break chatting with us about his latest three singles. After his breakdown, one question led to another, and the full picture of who J-Phish is coming into plain view.
He is more than a white suburbia rapper.
In 2015, Phish said God impressed on him to get involved in ministry. Since then, he has done exactly that. Throughout college, Phish dived into his college’s sports ministry. Now he is on the part-time staff of his church’s youth ministry and has aspirations to become the youth pastor there. Whether he does or not, J-Phish is certain God has gifted and is leading him toward bigger roles in ministry
“I love teaching, I love students, and I love leading students to the Lord and seeing their eyes open to the truth. I feel like God has gifted me with an ability to teach and speak that not many people have. He is blessing me with opportunities to teach student ministry,” he explained.
Watch J-Phish Preach at His Church Below:
On top of ministry, the guy plays semi-professional soccer, is father to a baby girl, works as a chemist at a lab, and raps.
“I’m a big believer that you don’t ever put all your eggs in one basket,” he shared. “I think God has given us lots of different abilities. I think God wants Christians to have their hands in things so they can be a witness for Him. If you’re not doing anything, you’re not around people, and in different circles, you can’t be an effective witness for Christ.”
So how does he do it all? The continuous practice of setting priorities and keeping himself in check is the key. To him, people have different levels, or “capacities,” of how much they can handle. He just has a high enough capacity that all the juggling “doesn’t stress out or bother me.”
Just as people like J-Phish have high capacity’s, means that some have low capacities and need to do fewer activities. If other activities, like rapping and sports, get in the way of priorities like God and family, J-Phish said, you got to drop those activities.
“I’ve seen artists talk about how music has lost their family so much money or puts huge stress on their family time commitments, or whatever. I’m like ‘bro, then stop the music’. By having those issues you are saying music is a higher priority than your family, and that’s just not how it should be.”
He continues, “I specifically time my recording and music time, believe it or not, it’s a minimal amount per week, so when I’m home I rarely work on music. I am with my wife and my baby, and we are doing stuff. If I know I am going on a studio trip, I plan on it way ahead of time and I make sure my wife is on board. If she says no, it’s a no.”
Listen to J-Phish’s “How About Now” Below:
For J-Phish, his music is to spread the name of God and glorify him. Granted, he still wants to make bangers like “How About Now” and strive toward being a dope artist, but:
“If only one person hears the content and it changes the way they think about something, view the world, or introduces them to Christ, then every hour I put into it is worth it because of that one person. If more hear it because it’s growing, then amen; that’s just bonus.”
Listen to J-Phish’s Album 39 Below:
Read part one here.