“Promise is an artist, songwriter, Canadian. I’ve been doing this for a while.”

Toronto artist Promise grew up believing in Jesus and going to church, but says that he did not take his relationship with God seriously until his late teens. “I remember one day my mom was sick so she said ‘I’m not going to church today’ and I was like ‘What do you mean?’”

Promise says that moment was important in making him realize that he needs to take his faith into his own hands and get serious about following God.

He started writing short stories and poetry when he was in high school.

“One day in the cafeteria we were freestyling and making jokes… An older person who was working in the cafeteria who also did hip-hop pulled me aside and let me know he thought what I had could be so much more than what we were doing.”

Promise took the man’s advice and started building his skills with the desire to share what is on his heart through his rapping.