Rafael Fernandes a.k.a. Breaker performed on Saturday October 20th at the Accelerate conference, held at New Life church, Lincoln.
Originally from Nottingham, Breaker moved to Lincoln last year on a year-out scheme run through New Life, helping with Energize, the churches’ youth set-up. However, youth work is not Rafael’s main career path, instead the 19 year old makes his living off of selling records.
However, Breaker is no ordinary MC. As a Christian, he mixes his faith with his talent, and writes his songs about his journey with God, and the trials and tribulations he faces in this.
Rafael started writing his material about 3 and a half years ago, before he became a Christian. The change between the lyrics and their meanings is immeasurable he said. He started taking his music seriously when he came to faith, around 3 years ago. From there he has been on the rise, becoming more well-known and releasing material.
Breaker got signed to the record label GL360 in October 2011, and has come a long way since. Gospel Link [GL360] is the UK’s biggest urban gospel record label, and helped him produced his 5-track EP Re:Loaded, which was released earlier this year. Rafael has also released his own 11 track album, My God’s Real, in 2011, but wasn’t as popular as the new EP. Each track from Re:Loaded features other up-and-coming artists in the Christian music world, which to him seems a natural thing to do, saying ‘I wanna help people as I was helped.’
As well as helping him with his music, Breaker says GL360 have also helped him massively on his spiritual journey with God. He says they [GL360] don’t just care about the music, but care about the artists as people, and their relationship with God. This can be seen in Breaker’s Affinity promotional video, which can be seen here.
Breaker is set to perform alongside other artists signed by GL360, including Ni Sheng and Treblez, at the Affinity concert, on November 24th at The Drum, Birmingham. The night will also see the launch of Lift 2, a project which incorporates an album with a track from all of the artists signed to the label.
However, Breaker’s latest performance was certainly one to treasure. He opened the Accelerate evening conference performing to a crowd of around 150 youths, which travelled from all over the midlands to attend the evening of worship and praise.
Performing songs from both his own, self-produced album and his EP, the crowd hyped off of his energetic performance, and a buzz could be sensed around the place. After his short, but impeccable set, Breaker joined the Accelerate band, as part of the vocalists, and performed a variety of songs alongside Emily, Sam, Ben, Jarryd, Billy and Mikhael.
After a half hour set by the Accelerate Band, the focus of the night went back to rapping and urban music, as MOBO award winner Guvna B [real name Isaac Borquaye] took to the stage. He also performed for around 30 minutes, leaving the crowd pleased by ending on his big viral hit ‘Kingdom Skank’.
The Accelerate conference is set to meet again in the new-year.