Are You Ready
- Artist: Jeffrey James Contreras
- Format: CD
- Release Date:1/15/2008
Jeffrey James Contreras grew up living a typical American life. At a young age he developed a strong passion for sports, and throughout his academic career he was always fairly successful. Even though Jeff graduated High School with Honors, he had been living somewhat of a double life while growing up. At the young age of 12 years old, Jeff began experimenting with drugs and alcohol. By the time he was a sophomore in High School he was drinking alcohol on a daily basis, and using marijuana weekly. Jeff was quickly going down the wrong path, but he was oblivious to this hard truth. He was very much caught up in life, and he was just having fun with his peers. Having a wild nightlife is not uncommon among teens these days, so Jeff thought he was just going with the flow. It was only a matter of time, however, before Jeff began to question things. Although he was enjoying himself, he began to wonder if there was more to life than what he had known and experienced so far. Party after party, it just didn't seem as satisfying as it had been in times past. Jeff began to yearn for something new, something more. The same question kept burning in the back of his mind... "Is this all there is to life?" So on December 3rd of 2000 Jeff decided to take a chance. He made a deal with himself, and with God. That deal was "God, if You're real, then I'll show up... And if You're real, then You'll show up too". For the first time in his life, Jeff set foot into a Home Missions Apostolic Church. What happened that day forever changed Jeff's life, and he has never been the same since. After receiving the powerful gift of the Holy Ghost, Jeff had a fresh, new outlook on life. His old passions and desires were replaced with one new passion... reaching people with a saving message from God, that had changed his own life. Jeff immediately received a burden for people, and he desperately wanted to find ways to reach the people all around him. As Jeff's love for God began to grow, his love for people followed suit. He wanted to share this incredibly loving God with everyone he knew, and he intended to do it with every breath. Shortly after receiving the Holy Ghost and being baptized in Jesus Name, Jeff began teaching himself to play the guitar. Upon writing and playing his first song in front of his church, Jeff was deeply touched by what had happened. As he was singing and playing, people were being moved on in a mighty way. Many were brought to tears, including Jeff himself. It was then that he realized how powerful music truly was, and he knew that he could use music to reach people. Since then, Jeff has completely dedicated himself to writing songs from the Lord, and for the Lord. He gives all credit for every song to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jeff's songs are specifically designed to get the listener to think, to question life, and to challenge themselves... just like he did not so long ago. Jeff writes his music for everyone and anyone that is willing to listen. The style of his music is unique in that is has much variety. It is a blend of Hip Hop, Urban, Rap, Rock, Acoustics, R & B, Gospel, and the list goes on. One things for sure, if given a chance, Jeff's music can provide a much needed powerful touch from God in anyone's life. As always, Jeff gives God all the glory for the music he has been blessed with. He is very thankful for the privilege to minister through music, and he is also grateful to all the people that God has used along the way to help him with his musical career. Nothing goes unnoticed, and Jeff is determined to keep giving back to everyone that he can. Giving to others is the very reason Jeff does what he does. He intends to spend the rest of his life giving and sharing everything that God has given to him. "If God is real, wouldn't you want to know?" If you would like to hear more about Jeff's story, conversion, or music [concerts, CD's, etc.], feel free to send him an e-mail. He is more than willing to tell people "the whole story", and to give any info needed. In the mean time, stay tuned for what is going on in Jeff's life and spread the word about his new album "Are You Ready". God Bless in Jesus Name!
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