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Fresh IE

Fresh IE
Country:Canada
Website:http://www.myspace.com/freshneternity
Releases:[LockJaw] [The Warren Project] [Truth Is Fallin' In Tha Streetz] [Red letterz]
Info:Robert Wilson from Winnipeg, Manitoba is Fresh I.E., which means Fresh "In Eternity" and pronounced as Freshie. The MC started in 1998, he simply used a karaoke machine with mute vocals to provide a beat, so he could rhyme out positive God messages to youth at a local mission.

History
As a teen, Fresh IE committed robberies and home invasions, and even became involved in a Vancouver drug cartel plus he started working as a pimp.

Intoxicated
One night Wilson was driving intoxicated and hit a rock cliff at 90 km/hour with such impact that the car was crushed. Amazingly, he pulled out the four passengers before collapsing into unconsciousness. One of the rescue workers later told Wilson he was shocked anyone had survived, because the car's engine was resting on the driver's seat.

Sobered
Wilson returned to Winnipeg, nearly-sobered, to begin reading the Bible and volunteering at the local children's mission - where he would later use the karaoke machine to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Stand
Though the rapper's life had started to change, he continued with his drinking and other destructive habits. "I became a Christian, but never really understood what it took to make a stand for Jesus," he says.

Blind
Then one night, he saw a blind man walking in the middle of the street. Wilson recalls yelling a warning to "Come off the street, you're going to get hit by a car and die, man!" Following Wilson's voice, the blind man made it to safety.

Voice
Asking God what this incident implied, he heard, "That's you, walking blind in the streets." Wilson knew then that unless he followed God's voice to safety, his life was in danger. From that day on, Wilson devoted his heart and music to his Heavenly Father.

Ordained
On Sunday April 13th, 2008 Fresh I.E. (In Eternity) was officially ordained as a minister at Waves of Glory Church on Furby Street, Winnipeg making him a legal clergyman.

Awards
Fresh IE is the first Canadian hip hop musician ever to get nominated for a Grammy Award. His album Red Letterz (2003) was nominated in the category Best Gospel Rock Album for the 46th Annual Award ceremony 2004. His sophomore album Truth Is Fallin' In Tha Streetz (2005) would also be nominated in the same category for the 48th Annual Grammy Award, broadcasted in February 2006.

Nominations 2006
Fresh I.E. was nominated for 4 Awards in 2006:
- Canadian Gospel Music Awards: 2
- Western Canadian Music Awards: 1
- Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards: 1

Covenant Awards 2006
The record "Truth Is Fallin' In Tha Streetz" (2005) was nominated for the Best Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year at the Canadian Gospel Music Awards held in October 2006.

Covenant Awards 2007
The nominations for the 2007 Canadian Gospel Music Awards also known as the Covenant Awards are:
- Urban/R&B/Soul Song Of The Year: One More Day
- Rap/Hip Hop Song Of The Year: Live On


Covenant Awards 2008
The nominations for the 2008 Canadian Gospel Music Awards also known as the Covenant Awards are:
- Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year Rap/Hip Hop: LockJaw
- Rap/Hip Hop Song Of The Year: Crystal
- CD/DVD Artworl Design Of The Year: LockJaw

Aboriginal Peoples choice Awards 2006
Fresh IE was nominated for a Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards 2006 in a special category : Best Aboriginal Music Non-Aboriginal Artist for the song "World Vision".

Aboriginal Peoples choice Awards 2008
The rapper is nominated in the best Rap/Hip Hop catergory for the 2008 Aboriginal Peoples choice Awards which will take place in November 2008.

Prizes
The rapper won a Western Canadian music Award in the category Outstanding Christian Recording for his album Truth Is Fallin' In Tha Streetz on October 22nd, 2006 and in October 2007 again in the same category for the album "The Warren Project".
Fresh IE also won the Rap/Hip Hop Song Of The Year Covenant award for the track "World Vision" at the Canadian Gospel Music Awards ceremony held on Friday October 27th, 2006.

Family
Fresh IE is married to Sheila North Wilson. The couple have three children: Sonny, Tricia and Ethan. The MC serves as a youth pastor at Waves of Glory Full Gospel Chapel in Winnipeg.

Label
The rapper founded his label Kingdom Music Inc. in 2006.

Management & Label
- Manager: Justin Kelsey
- Publicist: Sheila North Wilson
- Label: Kingdom Music Group
- Distributor: Fontana North / Universal

Albums
Fresh IE released his debut album Red Letterz on Red Sea Records in 2003. The owner of the label Tom Bee of Soar Corporation, New Mexico entered the album in the Grammy competition resulting in his first nomination. His sophomore album Truth Is Fallin' In Tha Streetz is released in 2005.

Anti-Suicide Project
The rapper is also featured on the anti-suicide compilation album The Warren Project (2007).

New Album
On June 13th, 2007 the rapper announces his new album "LockJaw" to be released in 2008.

Sources: Fresh Faith Raps It Up / Teresa Lockhart - livinglightnews.org ; Fresh I.E. MySpace blog: New Fresh I.E. CD LockJaw Coming Soon, June 13th, 2007 ; Fresh I.E. MySpace blog: Grammy-nominated Fresh I.E. a man of the cloth in Winnipeg, April 18th, 2008 ; MySpace blog: Fresh IE Nominated for a Aboriginal peoples Choice Award, September 16th, 2008 ; Fresh IE Nominated for 4 2008 Covenant awards, October 5th, 2008.

Release:LockJaw
LockJaw
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Media:[Audio CD]
Released:2008
Recordlabel:Kingdom Music Group
Info:The album is scheduled for February 18th, 2008.
Distribution by Fontana North/Universal.

Production by Relic the Oddity, Dat Boy DiJhon, Pop Machine, and Fresh I.E.
Guest appearances by Bubba B, Sanctified, Tru Serva, Rhational, Lil' Disciples, Rob James (Canadian Idols runner up), Drew Brown & Martine L. Kelsey.
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Release:The Warren Project
The Warren Project
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Media:[Audio CD]
Released:2007
Recordlabel:Avante Records
Info:The album is released in 2007.

Suicide prevention project. Alarming numbers of aboriginal youth are taking their own lives. Avante Records and hip hop artist Fresh IE have an opportunity, and a responsibility, to bring Jesusí hope to a hopeless generation. The main focus of this CD project is to do just that. All sales go towards this ministry and the suicide prevention project with Fresh I.E
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Release:Truth Is Fallin' In Tha Streetz
Truth Is Fallin' In Tha Streetz
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Media:[Audio CD]
Released:2005
Recordlabel:Red Sea Records
Info:The album is released on October 11th, 2005.

1. On These Steps (Poem)
2. On These Steps
3. World Vision
4. Open Arms
5. Flexin
6. Crunk 4 Christ
7. Don't Let Go
8. Tha Light
9. Truth Is Fallin' in tha Streetz
10. O Jerusalem
11. Bust Ya Head Open
12. Desolate
13. Lord!
14. Glorify (Remix)
15. You Preserved Me (Poem)
16. Light (Outro)
17. Lost Soulz (Remix)
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Release:Red letterz
Red letterz
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Media:[Audio CD]
Released:2003
Recordlabel:Red Sea Records
Info:The album is released on July 10th, 2003 and was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album.
Production by Rob Wilson, Olaf Pyttlik, Andre Peters, Malynda Zacharius, Andre Peters.
Musicians:
- Jon Buller : vocals, acoustic guitar
- Malynda Zacharius : vocals
- Andre Peters : keyboards, bass
Recorded at Upper Room, Avante Studios, Winnipeg, Canada.

1. Red Letterz
2. The Blood
3. Life
4. I Believe
5. Fatherless
6. How Many Times
7. Alright
8. Make A Choice
9. He Loves You
10. Jaynelle
11. Fire
12. Lost Soulz
13. Mary Go Round
14. Glory
15. I Need You
16. Red Letterz (reprise)
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