SongVault Artist Profile
IZZY a/k/a Urban Psalmist
Maryland, United States
Gospel / Christian Urban / R&B
They call him the “Urban Psalmist.” IZZY has already overcome a physical handicap, homelessness and clinical depression. But don’t look for a tragic ending to this story. IZZY has taken control of destiny’s pen and is scripting a story of perseverance, determination and triumph! This singer, songwriter and producer has taken the gospel music industry by storm with the “Fred Hammond meets John Legend” vibe of his debut album, In Awe Of You.
A third generation preacher’s kid, IZZY was born with open sores and his hip popped out of joint, doctors held little hope of him leading a normal life. His parents were cautiously advised of the limits his disability would impose on his future. His birth name (Israel) was chosen in honor of the biblical patriarch, who suffered from the same impairment after wrestling with God for a blessing. Like his namesake who overcame adversity, IZZY, too, would defy the odds. He not only learned to walk without a limp, he was even able to run track and play football!
His father, an army sergeant, was assigned to Germany when IZZY was three years old. His formative years—both developmentally and musically—were spent in Heidelberg and Manheim. Despite enjoying an idyllic and stable home life, young IZZY simply did not fit in with his peers. While other boys his age enjoyed video games and sports, he preferred passing time in the library listening to classical music.
In Awe Of You is IZZY’s musical memoir told through a melodious symphony of swinging beats, hypnotic hooks, crooning harmonies and strikingly transparent lyrics. IZZY hopes to reach those who feel forgotten by the church and society. An eclectic mix of soulful ballads and urban rockers, In Awe Of You challenges the boundaries of traditional Gospel music but most importantly, it challenges the listener to stand “in awe” of the God of eternal hope and infinite possibility.