Tony Cummings spoke to Boston-based female rapper ADA BETSABE
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Tony: The EP 'Personal' is now beginning to make impact across Europe. But often our journey is two steps forward and then maybe one step back.
Ada: It's a good character-building journey. It's not about the music. I talk to God every day. I want to work with him on my character and let him take care of the rest. He'll open the doors, he'll promote me, he'll take me places. If I focus on that then I'll forget about the stuff that matters which is that I am growing into the character of Christ every day. I'm not talking cliché radio stuff to make people like me. This is my everyday constant struggle, noticing things about myself and saying whoa! Why did I respond that way? Why do I talk like that? Why did I say that? Why did I think that? God, change that please! Transform that! I want to mirror you. I want to bring you to people. I want people to remember you when they meet me.
Tony: In truth though you're in the music industry which is full of driven people. They're concerned about success.
Ada: In the industry I'm in, maybe 75% if not more of the people that do it are only doing this because they crave and desire to be accepted and acknowledged. I don't come at it from that place. It doesn't come from pursuing a dream. I had the dream in front of me; I was ready to sign off on the dream. I had a 2.1 million dollar record deal in front of me and I turned it down because I had to grow and learn that I had already been chosen and this deal wasn't going to make me. Even though that's my story, there are moments when I lost focus and looked at the guy next to me who has a million listeners and thought when am I going to be there? When's my hard work going to pay off? What the Lord's been saying to me is numbers don't equal fruit. Fruit is the fruit of the spirit, the fruit that you display, that good fruit, the lasting fruit, that is what we're after. We're not after numbers. You can have numbers and have no fruit. And I said ok, that makes sense now. God's doing his thing. I'm taking care of my business with him and he's taking care of my business.The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.