Known for his stint on the popular Bravo
reality show, Preachers of L.A., Deitrick Haddon has seemingly
done it all. He's a preacher, reality star, family man, and award-winning
gospel singer. Now, he has another hit album Masterpiece. "Be Like
Jesus" from the CD is currently up three spots to #8 on Billboard's Gospel Music charts.
Haddon has opened up about what the definition of Masterpiece
means to him and his fearless experiment with modern beats while delivering
the message of Christ through his lyrics.
Now, he has announced the launch of his new ministry in
Los Angeles, CA.
In February, he said on his Facebook Page, ďIíve prayed, Iíve fasted and
Iíve waited and God said the season is NOW! Iím excited to announce the
launch of the ministry #HillCityChurchLA beginning March 10th at the
Barnsdall Theater! Join me and the team every Thursday for a night of crazy
worship and a prophetic word from the Lord! The wait is over L.A! Ready or
not here we come!Ē
Haddon says he uses entertainment as his preaching
pulpit, which may seem unorthodox, yet very effective at the same time.
What inspired you to name
the album Masterpiece?
I called the album Masterpiece, not because
I'm saying it is the greatest album that will ever be produced. I'm not
saying that; I'm not that arrogant. I'm saying that the good, the bad, the
ugly, the ups and downs and the highs and lows the victories in your life
the failures, the betrayals, the joy the pain... it's all going to culminate
to be something beautiful at the end of the day. I believe that, according
to the Bible, that all things work together for good of them that love the
lord and call each other's purpose. I want to one day look back and say this
was a masterpiece. What God was doing in my life was a Masterpiece.
In the song "Be Like Jesus," you actually go into
the criticism you've received starring in the Bravo reality show Preachers
Of L.A. Why did you decide to address this show
on your album?
The show was big. It was pop culture. It
became massive, millions of people tuned in. But before the actual first
episode of Preachers of L.A. people just went off, I mean just based
on the trailer alone some just didn't give us the time of day. They already
ran us down, they knew they were going to watch it, they watched it to try
to criticize us. But once they watched it, they realized like this is really
deep, it's really motivating me and giving me insight on a preachers life
and I experience that a lot.
That's actually happened to me several times, not just one time. So, this
lady said "Are you that preacher from L.A." and I said, "yes ma'am is
everything okay?" And she said "Come over here, I've got something to say...
you shouldn't be on TV acting that way."
I said, "Woah you better not be fake, or act like I don't make mistakes,
sorry ma'am I'm not cut that way, I've got to keep it 100 all day" and then
I added a little twist. "Your attitude is worse than mine. You should be
more kind and if you want people to come to your church, we all got to do
some work to be like Jesus."
I think it's important. I want people to know that, that nobody's
perfect...nobody. If you find the perfect man, please introduce me to him
because I would love to have an in-depth conversation with him. I mean, the
last person I knew that was perfect was Jesus Christ himself, and people
need to realize that preachers...we're human beings just like anybody else.
Gospel singers...we have the same issues. We have to fight through the same
stuff like anybody else. The only difference is that we have chosen to try
our destiny to walk at a higher calling. So, maybe we can inspire people and
encourage them and preach to inspire people and to help them.
How hard was it to pick the
final 16 tracks for this album?
It was very hard, because I recorded about 50
songs and I wanted all 50 on the album. We thought about putting out another
album a few months after this, like an extension of this Masterpiece
record. So, that's in the works because I recorded so many good songs to
tell the story of the journey.
When people listen to it, I wanted them to experience the journey, the
musical rollercoaster. I wanted them to feel the different seasons of life.
So, I opened the record with the song "Masterpiece" cause it kind of
just lays the foundations of what I'm talking about, so people wouldn't be
confused about the message just right off the bat.
Then, I go in depth and with "Sinners" when I was all messed up,
and then I did a song called "Running" that speaks of a season that I
was in when I was actually running from my calling, when I quit and I said
I'm not going to do it anymore. That's where you get the song "Running,"
then it brings you up to "Be Like Jesus" where I'm saying, "Okay I'm
trying my best to be like Jesus. I may fall short but I'm doing the best I
We're all trying to be like Jesus. If you go through the whole, listen to
the lyrical content and just really pay attention to it, it'll take you on a
How do you balance family, because now you have
three kids. Like you said, you have an eight month old, you're preaching and
singing? Is it hard to do
all of it at once?
No, when you have a good woman on your side, right
side, you can do anything, Dominique is amazing. She's really a blessing and
an angel really to my life and to my children. She's the greatest mother
ever and for her to be so young, she has an old soul and I believe she gets
it from her mother. But she's a wonderful mother and a wonderful wife and
she gives me the freedom to go out there and do what I do.
live performance of
"A Billion People" - Click
How is your relationship
with other pastors on the show?
Well, I just want to say that the show did wonders
for all of us, contrary to people's belief out there. They think that the
show's just laying us all down and just messed us all up and nobody wants to
hear us preach or sing anymore. Whoever's putting that message out, that's
completely wrong. The show has definitely raised my awareness as a gospel
singer and as a preacher. All of the pastors, they're just filled to
capacity and people are just begging for us to come back for Season 3 and
we're just enjoying the break. But the preachers we're all cool.
Ron Gibson called me yesterday really
out of the blue; I hadn't heard from him in a minute he called me yesterday
and we chopped it up. He asked me if I was willing to do it again, Season 3,
and I told him let's sit down and talk about it.
I've got so much going on now, I'm producing more
TV shows but, you know, I may do it again because I believe in it, I believe
that it's important for people to see the other side of ministry. I think
it's important for people to see the human side of preachers and gospel
singers. You can't beautify us...we're human beings like everyone else, only
difference is, we've decided to try our best to submit to a divine call and,
when you try to do that, you will fall short because it's such a high
calling, you know. So, it just comes with the territory.
There are so many modern sounds
on your album. Are you aiming to reach
a certain group?
No, no you know, I'm just making sure the music is
relevant to what's happening in the culture, you know. Generations is a
group of young people who experience the same thing at the same time. You
know, we're all experiencing the trap sound and we're all experiencing
what's happening right now. If you want to be relevant in the culture, you
have to be willing to take your music there a little bit and infuse
something so you can stay relevant.
There's somebody here walking around wearing bell bottoms and afros. We
look at them like they're crazy it's not the culture. We're not there;
that's back in the '60s and '70s, so you have to be relevant. It's important
to me so that you can play my music right next to anybody's music you will
hear on the radio, period. And there is no drop off, as matter of fact, it's
better than anybody else's.
For so long, we didn't invest in the production of our music in gospel
because it was all about Jesus. It's all we got the lyrics preaching the
gospel with hand, but we missed the mark when it came to production. So, I'm
not really trying to reach any particular group. I'm just doing what I like.
I listen to all types of music, I listen to country music, I listen to rock,
I listen to hip-hop, I listen to trap. I listen to anything and if there's
something that I like, I'll infuse it in my music. But I'll make it me so
it'll definitely be Deitrick.
You'll hear some influences in my music now, but
I'm very aware of my audience. I have a wide range of supporters -- I don't
want to call them fans. If you go to my concerts you have kids doing the
"Nae Nae" and "Whippin'" and whatever and then you'll see some
mother, some 60-year-old somewhere, just dancing in the back just snapping
her fingers in the back with her kids. So, you know, to come to my concert
is like an entire family experience and they're aware of that and that's why
you hear the musical journey on my album. That's where you get the beats on
"Masterpiece" and "Sinners" and "Running" and then I
give you that bounce on "Be Like Jesus."
You actively preaching now.
Even with your album out,
you're probably really busy...
How can I explain this... I'm wasn't pastoring a
particular church, but I was always preaching. You know the preacher never
leaves you. Pastoring is a call you have to be somewhere stable and you have
to be stable in your mind and your spirit to pastor people because you have
to be there for people to marry people, bury people. It's like marrying
somebody when you decide to pastor a particular church and a particular
group of people the congregation expect you to be there.
Right now, my ministry is more geared towards entertainment. I'm using
the entertainment platform to get the message of Jesus Christ out there like
Preachers of L.A. is one of my shows, I'm one of the executive
producers of the show, I'm actually the creator of the show, the whole idea
came through me. So that's my way, people may say, that's not how you
minister the people.
Yes, it is a very unorthodox way to reach people that may not come to
your church but they'll watch you be there on TV. So I'm making a movie
right now and I have two more TV shows that's dropping in 2016 and this will
be announcing soon.
What do you want your fans to gain
from it after they listen to it?
I want people to know to keep moving. That's what
I want people, to just keep moving. You're going to make mistakes. It's
impossible for you to live this life and don't fail or don't make a mistake.
If you keep living, you're going to experience failure, you won't appreciate
your victories until you understand failure.
So, I want them to be encouraged, I want them to be motivated, I want
this to be the music when they get down and don't feel like just waking up
today, I just want to stay in bed and I want them to be able to turn over
and play this music and it just gets them up like, you know, like we're all
sinners saved by grace. So get over it, keep moving.
When people hear this I just want them to know, this is some music. It's
like medicine and you know it gets you up and gets you going and helps you
to move past your weaknesses.
~ from musictimes.com ~
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