Artist Name: Illuminate
Featured Artist(s): Arize
Produced By: Arize
Album Name: Cardiac Arrest
Label Name: Rize N Shine Music
Release Date: February 28,2014
Current City: Dublin, CA by way of Richmond, CA
Current State: CALI
LISTEN TO WESTCOASTFIYA’S EXCLUSIVE LEAK OF ILLUMINATE’S BRAND NEW SINGLE “LIFTED” FEAT. ARIZE (OFFICIAL TRACK RELEASE IN FEBRUARY – STAY TUNED)
Illuminate (Nathan Bartlett) was born Sep 25th 1981 in San Pablo, CA. and was raised a majority of his life in Richmond, CA. and the surrounding areas in the San Francisco Bay Area. His father David also a Richmond native was a drummer for the famous Funk & Soul group “Tower of Power” and became introduced to heroin through the music industry and battled with addiction for 27 years. His mother Catherine who was raised in San Francisco and East Oakland in foster homes, juvenile halls and children’s shelters also battled drug and alcohol addictions for a number of years. It was in this environment that young Nathan Bartlett was introduced to life.
God began to call on young Nathan in summer day camp at First Baptist Church in Richmond and in Youth Group at Valley Bible Church in Hercules by the time he was twelve. Yet it was at this same age that he was lured in by the world and lies of the enemy and felt compelled to join a gang and begin the dark journey into a world full of lies, deception, sin & darkness. Once having a chance to be a successful athlete in High school and get a college scholarship he instead chose to drink, smoke, party, & rebel. These decisions led him to repeated incarceration in juvenile hall. It was during this troubled time that he began rapping and recorded his first secular release at seventeen years old.
Soon after trauma hit the life of Nathan at eighteen when his father was found in a motel room overdosed on heroin. Broken and lost he was invited by his aunt and cousin to Victory Outreach in Richmond CA. It was there that he surrendered his life to Christ and eight months later backslid worse than ever into a life of sin. He got involved deeper into the music industry, dealing drugs, gangbanging, drug use, violence and even pimping. Nathan became addicted to powder cocaine, alcohol, & ultimately sin until August 19, 2009.
That day Nate was in Hayward CA. in his prostitute’s living room when he saw a skit on the internet titled ‘Everything’ by Life house. As he watched that skit his heart literally broke. The Holy Spirit invaded that apartment and Nathan began to weep in the presence of God, lifted up his hands to the Lord and Surrendered saying “Lord I can’t do this no more without you”. It had been nine and a half years since he had backslid and he knew this moment was a life or death decision. He had been seeing 666 on license plates over ten times a day while driving for 2 weeks now and knew the Lord was calling him, so without any hesitation Nathan Bartlett chose life and rededicated his life whole heartedly to Jesus Christ. (here’s the link to that skit http://youtu.be/cyheJ480LYA )
Upon this decision to serve God, Nathan checked himself into a Men’s home in Hayward CA. Wanting to cut any link to his past as Nasty Nate, He deleted the masters of his latest secular project that was about to be released with artists featured such as (Fabolous, The Game, Snoop Dogg, E-40, Baby Bash, etc etc). He wanted nothing to do with the music industry or rap music ever again. As he strengthened his walk with the Lord and continued to mature in Christ , he received a prophecy from a Pastor. A prophecy that he would once again rap but this time He would be a voice in the wilderness for the Lord and would have a worldwide music ministry that would set the captives free, gangsters would put down their guns and bandanas, drug addicts would lay down their pipes and major musicians would walk away from their record deals through the music the Lord would do through Nathan’s Ministry.
Nathan Bartlett (Illuminate) has now been in active ministry and leading many souls to the Lord truly living a lifestyle of Evangelism. He is a Minister/Artist and Rize N Shine Music and Owner of Arts in Crafts Clothing Co. and attends Living Hope Christian Center in Emeryville, CA.
Personal words from Illuminate: I lived in darkness for so many years and I have firsthand knowledge of the street life and gangsta mentality and cause of my past and how intimate I once was with sin and darkness, I am able to expose the lies of the enemy that I once believed for so long. I realize my life is not my own and I will continue to do everything possible to help lead everyone to Salvation & a better life through Jesus Christ and expose the lies satan and this world have been telling us all since birth. The streets have nothing good to offer and I will let nothing stop me from telling the truth. Thank you for your time God Bless you and Always Remember that Jesus Loves You with All His Heart and Today Is the Day of Salvation!!
STAY TUNED FOR THE OFFICIAL DOWNLOAD DATE OF “LIFTED”… and watch for the full album “CARDIAC ARREST” COMING OUT FEB. 2014!
Christian Rapper R-Swift and DJ Wade-O reached out to the community on Facebook to share a personal message about his wife having cancer,
below is his message:
I was debating whether or not I should send out an official press release, but that’s just not my style. I’ve always been honest and transparent with you, so why stop now?
I’m writing this letter to ask everyone for prayers as my family and I are facing a tough season. Last month, my wife Stacey had to go to the ER after experiencing discomfort and fevers. We were thinking maybe it was a stomach virus or something; well, after a few hours and some tests, the doctor came back and informed us that it was cancer. This news shook us to the core; the first few days were filled with frustration, fear, questions etc. It was also filled with prayer, comfort and overwhelming support from our family, friends and local body.
For the past month, we’ve spent so much time in the hospital with tests, surgeries, etc. Though this experience is very frustrating and has taken a toll on us mentally, physically, financially and emotionally, we find our sanity and peace in the fact that we serve a sovereign God who is greater than cancer or any affliction that we may face.
We are optimistic and believe that God will bring us out of this on top. Today was the first chemotherapy treatment; she will do chemotherapy for 6-8 months. I ask you for your prayers as we continue to walk this thing out. I thank you all so much for the continued prayer and support throughout the years.
From DJ Wade-O & Staff
We’d like to encourage everyone who is able to pray and give financially to help support R-Swift and his family during this season. This situation will likely keep Swift off of the road for much of the next year. In addition, he will have increased responsibility at home while his wife recovers as the Graham’s have 3 daughters, Shayla (8), Jasmine (3) and Summer (1).
As many of you will recall, 4 years ago, R-Swift lost his son Rodnie Jr.. While this is yet another challenge for him and his family, we believe that R-Swift and his family will come out of this situation stronger than when they entered it.
If you wish to contribute monetarily, contributions can be made via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- See more at: http://wadeoradio.com/r-swift-needs-support-wife-cancer/
HOT 3:16 Radio is proud to bring you new music from A.C. da Preacha from Savannah, GA. His new single “Our Love Affair”
is from his upcoming new album “Grown Man Music” which will be released in November. A.C. dedicates this song to his wife
and how they met in Jacksonville, FL. He expresses his love for his wife and how much she means to him through using scripture
from Proverbs 18:22 – He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord. Check out this song and vote below
on whether you love this song or don’t like it.
A.C. da Preacha – Our Love Affair (Proverbs 18:22)