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J.O.T. aka GRANDE GATO: Bio

JAMES O. TERRY JR. aka J.O.T. aka GRANDE GATO & CRYSTAL DUPONT aka MS. CRYSTAL aka BONITA SENORITA - INDEPENDENT RECORD LABEL CEO/LIVE PERFORMERS/BOOK AUTHORS/CLOTHING LINE OWNERS & DESIGNERS/CANCER SURVIVOR

MISSION STATEMENT: "To uplift and encourage others through my gift(s) that GOD, the father of my lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST(CRISTO DE JESUS), gave me". About J.O.T. aka GRANDE GATO aka JAMES O. TERRY jr, Cancer Survivor, North Carolina State University College graduate, Book author, Clothing line designer/owner, Record Label CEO, Rapper/MC, FCC licensed. MISSION STATEMENT: "To uplift and encourage others through my gift(s) that GOD gave me (The father of my lord and Savior Jesus Christ or Cristo de Jesus.)"

J.O.T. aka GRANDE GATO aka JAMES O. TERRY JR. wants to encourage and give both young and old people in the world hope, and let them know that with faith and perseverance the impossible can become possible (J.O.T. knows what he is talking about because he was able to complete a CD album immediately after his Cancer went into remission).  J.O.T. started writing what GOD had done because he held on to his faith (J.O.T. praised GOD even when he thought he was going to die and believed that is why he was healed just as JOB in the bible was healed because JOB praised GOD too when he thought he was might die).  This soon led J.O.T. to write his testimony in the form of song lyrics and put it to music (As he does with all of his trials and tribulations he has overcome through the power of the LORD).  1996 was the year that J.O.T. turned his life over to Christ and decided he wanted that to reflect in his music.  That same year J.O.T. officially started up his Christian based company, SOUL-FULL PRODUCTIONS (The reason he spelled the company name with a hyphen in the middle and the letter L twice at the end of the name was to let the world know that his "SOUL" was "FULL" because he displayed the WORD OF GOD through what he did.) With three different subsidiary branches to SOUL-FULL PRODUCTIONS (Clothing line, Literature, and Record label branch) J.O.T. always believed it was important not to get comfortable in the ministry and continue to grind and work hard for CHRIST.  As the first artist to come out on his independent record label, J.O.T. RECORDS, J.O.T. put out ten CD albums, four CD singles, and five 12” vinyl records (entitled NORTH CAROLINA STREET HEAT Presents…volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7).  J.O.T. also has a music video which was shot on film near the college university, NC STATE, he attended(“PRESS ON”, which it is titled, even aired once on BET Sunday morning gospel music video segment).  Today J.O.T. has been heard on major FM radio stations, SIRIUS satellite radio, and has appeared on major television news stations.  J.O.T. has performed live in both Miami, Florida (2003 at UMOJA FESTIVAL; 2006 at I/O ENTERTAINMENT LOUNGE; 2014 COAST 2 COAST music showcase hosted by DJ DNA from SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO at the HOLIDAY INN MIAMI BEACH OCEANFRONT location in the FANTASY BALLROOM); MIAMI LIVE NIGHTCLUB for 2017 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND; 2018 overseas in HAVANA, CUBA at the MADRIGAL NIGHTCLUB & also in North Carolina(In 2002 at BENTON CONVENTION CENTER NEW YEAR’S EVE CONCERT hosted by 97.1 FM’s A.C. STOWE, in 2006 at CENTRO CRISTIANO OUTDOOR CONCERT, in 2007 at the Twin City Ribfest, in 2008 at the HISPANIC FESTIVAL “FIESTA”, in 2009 at NC STATE’s “EL SALSABOR” event, in 2009/2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018 at the DIXIE CLASSIC FAIRGROUNDS, & in 2015 at the POURHOUSE MUSIC HALL in RALEIGH).  J.O.T. published his first autobiography entitled, ABOUT J.O.T., in 2004.  He talked about everything from the meaning of his music and how he started up his company to his ordeal with cancer.  In 2006 J.O.T. had another book published called BREAKING STEREOTYPES, and promoted the 12" vinyl various artist project NORTH CAROLINA STREET HEAT Presents.... volume 4. In 2007 he produced the first online issue of his contemporary Christian SOUL-FULL magazine.   The following year in 2008, J.O.T. put out a double book which he co-authored with his business partner.  The double book contains two front covers (One cover is titled I COULD HAVE GOTTEN REVENGE BUT I DIDN’T and the other cover is titled PEACEMAKER).  In 2009 J.O.T. has put out a “LIVE” PERFORMANCE DVD and also released a CD album called “PARA GANAR” (“IN ORDER TO WIN”) which features singing by his business partner MS. CRYSTAL.  “PARA GANAR” (“IN ORDER TO WIN”) contains remixes of his previous 2006 CD album “NITROGLYCERIN” and also features entirely new songs as well.  In 2010 J.O.T. released his CD album "ESA QUE PASA"("THAT'S WHAT'S UP") which also featured songs from his business partner MS. CRYSTAL.  Also released in 2010 was the 12" vinyl NORTH CAROLINA STREET HEAT project(Volume#5) which featured the original version of his “CANCER RAP” testimony song and tracks like DO THE HOLY GHOST as well.  J.O.T. has performed his cancer testimony song at a celebrity golf weekend gala event in FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, and also performed the cancer testimony song at a stage play about cancer to benefit cancer research.  In 2011 J.O.T. released his eighth CD album “LIMPIAR PALABRAS”(“TO CLEAN WORDS”) which features songs like the SPANISH house music remix of track “LIMPIAR PALABRAS and also an ENGLISH house music track by MS. CRYSTAL titled “SUPASTAR”.  The CD “VERDAD”(“TRUE”), which is the ninth album from J.O.T.‘s indie record label J.O.T. RECORDS and released in 2012, continues to deliver SOUL-FULL sounds with upbeat encouraging songs like “CRISTO(CHRIST)” while expanding into new forms of music genres like reggaeton to deliver the good news.  Another book, the fourth published for J.O.T. & second published for MS. CRYSTAL, titled PRESS ON(MAKING A WAY OUT OF NO WAY) was also released in 2012.  Previously was the release of “NUEVA MUSICA”(“NEW MUSIC”) for 2013, which has songs like track#1 “GOOD vs EVIL”(remix) which talks of the war between the flesh vs. the HOLY SPIRIT & how praying to GOD to give us the strength to choose good can give us the victory  over the enemy!!!!  This was shown in J.O.T.’s actions by coming out with “NUEVA MUSICA”(“NEW MUSIC”) because it is the tenth CHRISTIAN RAP CD album for him.  For 2014 was the two of them released a cd album titled “ESTILO(STYLE)”.  The music project, which is also in ENGLISH & SPANISH as well, is available on itunes as a digital download cd album.  It’s highlights feature 2013 remixes to J.O.T.’s “CANCER RAP” testimony song & Spanish song “LIMPIAR PALABRAS”.  Other song highlights include MS. CRYSTAL’s “IF IT AIN’t ONE THING IT’s ANOTHER” & “GOD TALK’s TO ME”, & additional features by her on brand new Spanish tracks by her partner as well.  Physical retail store copies of the cd album “ESTILO(STYLE)” were released in 2015 along with a sixth VINYL RECORD project….both containing the“CANCER RAP” testimony song remix.   The following year J.O.T. released the 2016 music project “SOUL-FULL”.  This marked the twelfth cd album for J.O.T. aka GRANDE GATO as a solo artist & the sixth collaboration with wife, MS. CRYSTAL aka BONITA SENORITA.  With hard hitting CHRISTIAN RAP tracks like “EVERYDAY I PRAISE HIM” and CHRISTIAN R&B tracks like the hot dance remix to “GOD TALKS TO ME”, the title of this cd lives up to it’s name making listeners “soul” feel “full” inside.   In 2017 he put out their 13th cd “SOUL-FULL(part 2)” which features a original remix to J.O.T.’s song “SNOWFLAKES, the guitar dancehall driven track “GOD’S LOVE IS SOLID” by MS. CRYSTAL, a new reggaeton remix to track “VERDAD”, a jazz remix to SPANISH song “LIMPIAR PALABRAS”, & club driven track “GLAD TO BE WITH YOU”.  Before the year was out another cd titled "SOUL-FULL(pt3)" was released which he & wife MS. CRYSTAL performed in CUBA at the MADRIGAL NIGHTCLUB 2018 Memorial Day Weekend.  It featured new cuts like “I FEEL SO ALIVE”, “TENGO MI PASAPORTE”, & also a live drums remix to “CANCER/MS” & a hardcore street remix to “SNOWFLAKES”.  At the latter part of 2018 the duo released their latest music project “SOUL-FULL(pt4) with brand new songs like the tracks “I LOVE MYSELF”, “MI VIDA ES BUENA”, “I’VE BEEN TRANSFORMED” on it & a 2018 remix to spanish song “PARA GANAR”.  In a music market driven by worldly vices this is a testament of what sincerely praying to GOD & choosing CHRIST/CRISTO can do (anything is possible through FAITH)!!!!  To date J.O.T. has put out  FIFTEEN CD ALBUMS: 1)I WON'T STOP BEING ME; 2)NATURE OF MY BEING; 3)ROCKING THE N.C.; 4)UNDERGROUND RAPROAD; 5)NITROGLYCERIN; 6) PARA GANAR(IN ORDER TO WIN); 7.)ESA QUE PASA(THAT'S WHAT'S UP); 8.)LIMPIAR PALABRAS(TO CLEAN WORDS); 9.)VERDAD(TRUE); 10.)NUEVA MUSICA(NEW MUSIC) 11.) ESTILO(STYLE); 12.) SOUL-FULL; 13.) SOUL-FULL(part 2); 14.) SOUL-FULL pt.3; 15.)SOUL-FULL pt.4; FOUR CD SINGLES: 1)SELF ANALYZATION; 2)SNOWFLAKES; 3)BIOLOGICAL WARFARE; 4)NORTH CAKALAK;  SEVEN 12” VINYL PROJECTS: NORTH CAROLINA STREET HEAT PRESENTS VOLUMES 1,2,3,4,5,6,7; FIVE BOOKS: ABOUT J.O.T, BREAKING STEREOTYPES, & I COULD HAVE GOTTEN REVENGE BUT I DIDN’T, & PRESS ON(MAKING A WAY OUT OF NO WAY) & I HAVE A STORY TO TELL, NORTH CAROLINA STREET HEAT.  In addition to music and books J.O.T. has also designed and worn clothing pieces from his upcoming Christian clothing line called SOUL-FULL WEAR.  He also started up the female division of his clothing line,called LADY SOUL and continues to design pieces for it though it’s headed by wife/business partner MS. CRYSTAL.  In 2018 a leather tennis shoe line called “SOUL-FULL SNEAKERS” by GRANDE GATO was launched 

          J.O.T. knows that, through CHRIST, his ministry will encourage people with and without cancer and let them know that focusing on CHRIST will help them with whatever they are going through.  J.O.T. knows because he is a living testimony and so he stays SOUL-FULL.  GOD BLESS or in SPANISH "DIOS TE BENDIGA"!!!!

 

Quote from JAMES O. TERRY JR. aka J.O.T. aka GRANDE GATO: "GOD delivered me from Cancer so I could help spread the ministry of CHRIST or CRISTO through my works (Music/Books/Clothing) and spread the good news of faith through my testimonies(Live Performances/Public Speaking/Visiting sick, incarcerated, etc.). J.O.T. aka GRANDE GATO wants to bring people from different cultures together, especially Blacks from his AFRICAN AMERICAN culture and Hispanics from the LATINO culture. After viewing the SOUL-FULL productions website, if you feel moved to do so, please help support this ministry. Thank You (Gracias)." SOUL-FULL MINISTRY STATEMENT Soul-full productions purpose is to provide a positive, encouraging atmosphere to both youth and young adults so to utilize their individual minds, bodies, and talents/gifts in a way that will make these youth and young adults productive males and females in society. The principle focus is that through Jesus Christ you can achieve success in a manner, which is neither destructive nor degrading to themselves or others. Soul-Full Productions helps youth and young adults to develop good, sound, decision-making skills which prepares them for challenges they will face in life. Thank you for taking the time and consideration to review this ministry material. Proposal for SOUL-FULL Ministry The problem: Many of youth and young adults today are using their GOD given talents/gifts in destructive ways instead of constructive ways due to poor decision making and having too much idle time in life. Thus violence, sexually explicit behavior, and drugs start to influence our youth and young adults lives (Music, Music Videos, Clothes, and Literature youth are bombarded with imply that the way to handle life problems and challenges is through violence, sexually explicit behavior, and drugs). Hip Hop/Rap is the most influential music among youth and young adults. Many of the songs have violent lyrics and suggest that killing is the way to survive. The majority of the music videos aired on television have women either naked or half-naked (private parts are blurred out), and soliciting themselves for money. Last, our youth and young male adult culture has lowered their standards to gang affiliations and drug dealing (In their minds this is the only way to make decent money & be a real man). The solution: Through my experience as a former BED schoolteacher I not only taught violent males and females, but also turned around those whom the educational system had given up on. I noticed that the youth and young adults spent the majority of their time after school watching negative music videos, listening to negative hip hop/rap, reading books that perverted GOD given talents/gifts and glorified making a living by being a gangster, gang member, or pimp. These youth and young adults also wore baseball caps and T-shirts that, although were stylish, displayed pictures of either guns or drugs on the clothing. I successfully achieved changing those youth and young adults through my positive and educational hiphop/rap CD, my easy to read book published on how you can survive and make a living using your GOD given talents/gifts without perversion, and my stylish inspirational SOUL-FULL WEAR clothing line which constantly reminds youth and young adults to include Christ in daily decision making. I was able to reach both youth and young adults and change their lives. The SOUL-FULL PRODUCTIONS ministry offers a realistic way for youth and young adults to survive and deal with life challenges through a Christian mindset that promotes non-violence and high self-esteem/self worth. What is needed: As you know it takes money to fund any worthwhile program. There are basic essentials that every ministry needs: a building/meeting place, and a reasonable operating budget to keep the operating ministry in existence. A consistent meeting place for the ministry is crucial. As we know, once you start up something it has to be a known “routine” that youth and young adults can always go to the same location (no moving from one place one week and a different place the next). An internet web-site for SOUL-FULL ministry has been created but needs continual funds to support the monthly fee. Due to fact I am the only financial source for the SOUL-FULL PRODUCTIONS, I come before you now and ask that you assist in help keeping youth and young on a positive SOUL-FULL path in life. Youth and young adults are able to relate to the SOUL-FULL ministry because it combines Christ with everyday things that influence their decision making and survival. I know with your help youth and young adults can be brought to Christ.  Any money (dinero) contributions you decide to give will help support this ministry with will undoubtedly change lives!!!! Please make any checks or money orders out to SOUL-FULL or if you would like to donate by credit or debit card we are equipped to accept that to with our SQUARE card reader. GRACIAS & GOD BLESS!!!!