Film producer Steve Nguyen profiles Jaeson Ma, the visionary and renaissance man who brought you the single "Love" as well as the inspirational documentary "1040."
With a sincere passion for music that comes from the heart, artist Jaeson Ma is a destined messenger full of thought-provoking lyrics and undeniable charisma. Jaeson's initial interest in hip-hop began at the young age of 13 when he became active as a rapper in the West Coast underground hip-hop circuit. At the age of 16, Jaeson experienced a radical encounter with God, which directed his path towards building a "Hip Hop Church" a year later. With his spirituality maturing and his undeniable talent with music, Jaeson began working in the Bay Area as MC Hammer's right hand man in media, film, and music production. After gaining a few years of experience with one of Hip Hop's legends, Jaeson felt a clear call to surrender his dreams in the entertainment industry to follow a path towards and become a pastor.
Jaeson pursued his mission with genuine fervor, starting by building churches on University campuses. Presently he has planted over 200 churches worldwide. Jaeson ventured passed the comforts of the U.S. and began traveling to every corner of the world, preaching to and inspiring thousands with a message of hope and passion for Jesus. After building a strong foundation for his ministry, Jaeson again received a calling from God in his dreams. This time he was summoned to reach out to the entertainment industry as a messenger of the gospel. With his great oratory skills and keen sense of connection to people, the recording booth would become his new pulpit and his music would serve as a new vehicle for preaching the truth.
Jaeson's music has been inspired by an eclectic variety of inspirations, but there is no genre that can particularly define the sound and message of his music. His music is a mixture of spoken word, preaching on beats, and prophetic utterances of a melodic tune. Most of his lyrics are inspired through his spirituality and there is nothing that compares to its power in today's popular music.
As an artist, Jaeson Ma's passion has always been to craft music that is inspired from the heart. He grew up in the Bay Area, CA listening to all genres of music, specifically hip hop, rock and gospel. Some of his musical influences have been Run DMC, Will Smith, MC Hammer, 2Pac, Nas, Notorious B.I.G., Wu Tang Clan, Hieroglyphics, Living Legends, Pharcyde, U2, Nirvana, Lifehouse, Switchfoot, Coldplay, Delirious, Jason Upton, P.O.D., KRS-One, and many others.
Jaeson currently resides in Hollywood, CA where he pursues his passions of knowing God and living life everyday with divine joy. His mission in life is "to know love and make love known." His journey is just beginning and his hope is that his music will bring heaven closer to Earth, and his words will help hearts be awakened to truth and love.
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