Plus 1 to spread the Gospel through Hip-Hop

Jai Dowdy is using hip-hop beats and hard-hitting lyrics to get his message across.

But it’s not the message one might expect.

Dowdy, who performs under the name Plus 1, is releasing his debut album in November. He wants local youth to be inspired by his music and it’s message of salvation through Christ.

“I’ve been working on this album since July,” said the 28-year-old Dowdy who attends Kingdom Church International. “By going to church and getting spiritually involved, my music transformed to hip hop gospel. I didn’t know there was a market for this type of music. But after hearing a few other artists perform, I realized how big hip hop gospel is.”

The album is called “My Story: True Confessions” and features eight tracks Dowdy wrote himself. The album was recorded at Inferno Studios in Summerville.

Many of the songs are produced by his brother and on track two, even his mother, Leslie Hammond, makes an appearance, providing vocals on the chorus.

“The song is called ‘Forgive Me’,” Dowdy said. “I actually wrote that song about six or seven years ago and I’m just now releasing it. My mom has always liked the song. It’s probably her favorite. When I was getting ready to record it I asked her if she wanted to be on it. So now she’s a part of her favorite song of mine.”

The album will be released in November and will be available at several major retailers. Dowdy said he wants Rome residents, particularly young people, to realize that there is an important message in his music.

“It’s like a blueprint for the kids coming up, to inspire them to live a good life,” he said. ‘I think my CD shows that you don’t have to a lot of the negative things such as crime and drugs to get ahead in life. You can achieve all the great things through hard work and through Christ.”

Dowdy will headline a local concert in December. Visit online at www.myspace.com/plus1dakidd for additional information about his music.

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