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What the science about the your name?

Omega was chosen more as a concept than a name, as you probably know, most people know me as Trig. Well, quite simply the Lord is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I am representing the concept of the end, to remind people that everything has an ending, the old man (your pre-saved self), the world's sinless nature, as well as the most common on things: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life. The only thing that is infinite or does not have an "Omega", because he was not created, is the Lord. Therefore eternal salvation given to us is solid...no doubt!

What motivated you to get into this industry?

I was always in the industry on the secular side until about 1996 or so. What sparked me when I first got in was being a DJ. I loved to spin, no doubt. I had built up a nice rep in the Philly and started doing production and came up in the ranks on that as well. Eventually the Lord spoke to my heart and asked me, was I for him or the world, basically to stop straddling the fence and choose a side. I choose to do it for the Lord!

What was your first single/recording?

The first thing recorded to hit the streets was a song I produced called "Top Gun" for a group I was in called "The Bandits"

What was your favorite single/recording you did?

That's a hard one, but probably 187 Ways.

What should we expect from you in the future?

A lot more ministry, in different forms: written bible studies, speaking engagements, evangelistic concerts, more CDs and more production. Also, expect more from Trigland Ministries / Corelink Records, we are currently working on Beridox's CD.

What instruments do you use?

MPC3000, Roland JV-2080, Roland W-30, Roland U-220, Guitar, Turntables, Peavey Bass Module

How would you classify your style as an artist?

I don't, I think I switch my pitch up as much as I can, but people tell me I sound mixed between East and West.

What artist(s) have you not worked with, but would like to?

Can't think of anyone of the top of my head.

Growing up, who do you think was a few of your biggest musical influences?

James Brown, Public Enemy, Pete Rock, Parliament Funkadelic.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Prayerfully doing more ministry on a part-time basis. I really want to focus on discipleship and building up those around me. Focusing on the 12 like our Savior did and having them be able to do the same and so on and so on and so on....................................!

What do you feel is the toughest part of the music industry?

Maintaining the balance of ministry / industry. While we are producing a product that goes to market, our focus is different as we are more concerned about souls than sales.

What would the ultimate reward for you be?

To have my Father in heaven tell me "Well done my good and faithful servant. "Simply to know that I am in his true and perfect will.

What message are you trying to get across to fans?

First of all that they should not be my fan, but one of the Most High. I'm simply a servant being allowed to represent HIM. Everything that you hear and see from me is coming from Him and He gets all of the props!

What is your favorite Bible verse(s)?

I have a few right now:
Matthew 9:17 - "Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved" To me, this just reiterates the viability of the ministry we are doing, putting a new message of Jesus Christ through a new medium.
Ephesians 3:1 - "For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles" - stating that no matter the circumstances, he is constantly reiterates that it is all under the covering of Christ.

Do your friends and look at you differently now?

Sure, many of them find it strange that the music is still banging, but I will only do it to represent Christ. They often want to remind you that if you were secular you could be brining in loads of cash, etc. But by holding it down for Christ, eventually they will see the big picture.

If someone were to look in your CD player or tape player right now what would be in it?

I've got a 10 CD changer in the car, so here goes:
Hezekiah Walker
Fred Hammond
The Ambassador
Richard Smallwood
Judah Priest (unreleased goods)
Carriers of the Cross (unreleased goods)
Beridox (unreleased goods)
Wow Gospel 2000
Walter Hawkins

Personally what does hiphop mean to you?

It's a viable means of evangelism. Hip-hop is at the core of the community. It used to be just the urban community, but it has grown to cover suburban, commercial and even corporate. It creatively allows you to spread gospel truths and reach many, while also allowing people to enjoy the music.

Who do you feel is your biggest influence and why?

Jesus Christ, no doubt. What's very interest is that while I'm typing this, I'm on the amtrak train, sitting across from hip-hop artist Tracie Lee and NBA Player David Wingate. As Humans we often look to those like us to lead and that is quite natural.

The reason Christ is the biggest influence is because he was truly perfect. He took the time to meet people where they needed Him and left true examples of how to steer through life's curves.

How do you feel your music will effect its listeners?

I think they will hear the truth and it will make a difference. The production is tight and the lyrics are biblically sound.

If you could change one thing in world, what would it be?

Myself, I constantly want to change to be more in line with my Savior. We can't work hard enough to reduce our flesh and let the Spirit have its way.

What would you like to say to all the new artists in the game?

Let the Lord lead you in the ministry and remember its HIS ministry all for the purpose of building the church.

How can your fans contact you?

Supporters can reach us through:
The web: www.trigland.com 
e-mail: omega@trigland.com 
Trigland / Corelink office: 610-394-9823

Any last words?

I would just tell anyone reading is that while being a Christian often appears complicated, it is truly mad simple -

Old Testament, the Lord gave Adam 3 commands:
Subdue the earth
Love the Lord God with all your heart

In the old Testament, Jesus gave 3 commands:
The Great Commandment -
The Great Commission -

Notice the parallel between the old and the new. As Adam failed, none thatca me from his seed could fulfill the vision, so the Lord blessed us with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom with his life, death and resurrection, redeemed us from sinful nature (should we CHOOSE to accept salvation). There was a time that I felt like I wouldn't know enough about the Lord, or was even inadequate in witnessing to others unless I knew the Bible from end-to-end. But if we really understand and appreciate the basics, we have the right framework to then attach everything else to.

I encourage all of us to spend QUALITY time with the Lord. To spend time in prayer, seeking understanding, seeking a better relationship, seeking HIS divine purpose for our lives.


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