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Stephen Wiley

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA

Stephen Wiley (born 1956) is recognized as the first artist to have recorded a full-length Christian rap album with his 1985 release on the Brentwood Records label, Bible Break. At the time of this recording, Wiley was a member of the crusade team at Kenneth Hagin’s Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Wiley was born in 1956 and grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma. A University of Oklahoma graduate, Wiley began a career as a jazz drummer in 1979 and wrote a song called “Basketball.” This tune would later go on to be recorded by mainstream rapper Kurtis Blow and become a No. 71 hit (in 1985). By 1982, Wiley was performing rap music with Christian lyrics at a time when Run DMC's breakthrough to the mainstream was still a year away. In 1984, Wiley took a job as chaplain at a juvenile detention center.

In 1985, Wiley released Bible Break and saw its title track reach the No. 14 spot in 1986 on Christian radio. A 1988 article in Spin magazine nicknamed the young chaplain the “Grand Master of Rap”.

Wiley would later serve as assistant pastor/youth minister at the predominantly-black Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles, California, under televangelist Frederick K.C. Price. He then released two more albums for the Star Song Records label which were better received, garnering a No. 13 hit with “Peace” (a duet with Renee Garcia) from the 1990 album Rhythm and Poetry, and No. 14 “Attitude” from 1991's Rhapsody. The latter album sought to bring in fans of more traditional gospel by including harmonies from gospel group Witness on the song “Real.”

Wiley is the Founder and Pastor of Praise Center Family Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma and Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is also the Assistant Vice President, Director of Christian Ministries, Assistant Professor of Religion, at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma where he teaches full-time.


1985 Bible Break Brentwood Contemporary
1986 Rappin' for Jesus Brentwood Contemporary
1988 Rap It Up Brentwood Music
1989 Get Real Brentwood Music
1990 Rhythm & Poetry Star Song Records
1992 Rhapsody Star Song Records

Bible Break

1985 Brentwood Contemporary ‎(45-R 5042)

Stephen Wiley - Rap vocals
Mike Barnes - Music

Produced by Stephen Wiley and Mike Barnes

7-inch version
  1. Bible Break (5:50)
  2. Bible Break (radio version) (3:56)
Cassette version
  1. Bible Break
  2. Bible Break (accompaniment track)

Rappin' For Jesus

1986 Brentwood Contemporary (C-5053)

Stephen Wiley - Rap vocals
Mike Barnes - Keyboards, drum programming on “Rappin' for Jesus”
Gary Lunn - Bass, drum programming on “Let's Praise (Psalm 150)“
Tim Akers - Additional synthesizer overdubs
Damiyon Everly - Human beat box on “Rappin' for Jesus”

Produced by Stephen Wiley and Mike Barnes

  1. Rappin' for Jesus
  2. Let's Praise (Psalm 150)
  3. Rappin' for Jesus (accompaniment track)
  4. Let's Praise (Psalm 150) (accompaniment track)

Rap It Up

1988 Brentwood Contemporary (C-5058N)

Stephen Wiley - Rap vocals
Mike Barnes - All music, except:
Brett Teegarden - Music on “Where Will I Go” and “Why I Rap”
Kim Lucas - Background vocals on “Where Will I Go?”
Glenda Barclay - Background vocals on “Where Will I Go?”

Produced by Stephen Wiley and Mike Barnes

  1. Intro Rap
  2. Heroes
  3. Big Man
  4. Best Friend
  5. The Rock
  6. Where Will I Go?
  7. Stand (Ephesians 6:10-20)
  8. Why I Rap
  9. Fourth Man (Daniel 3)

Get Real

1989 Brentwood Music (C-5072)

Stephen Wiley - Rap vocals

Produced by Brett Teegarden and Stephen Wiley

  1. Get Real
  2. Born Again
  3. Gimme Da’ Word
  4. Save the City
  5. Just Say No
  6. F-A-I-T-H
  7. He Came Back
  8. Daily Devotion

Rhythm & Poetry

1990 Star Song Records (SSD 8157)

Stephen Wiley - Vocals
Joe Hogue - Drum and keyboard programming, background vocals, background rapping on “Fight to Finish”
Todd Collins - Additional drum programming, background rapping
Chris Rodriguez - Guitar
Mark Douthit - Sax

Renee Garcia - Duet on “Peace”
Rex Carroll - Guitars on “Love God, Hate Sin”
Tommy Simms - Bass on “Love God, Hate Sin” and “Peace”
Vickie Hampton - Background vocals
Kim Fleming - Background vocals
Chris Hogue - Background vocals, background rapping on “Fight to Finish”
Greg X Volz - Background vocals
Dan Keen - Background vocals

Produced by Bret Teegarden

  1. Attitude
  2. Colorblind
  3. Fight to the Finish feat. 3-D (Todd Collins, Chris & Joe Hogue)
  4. Love God Hate Sin
  5. On the Devil's Case
  6. Peace
  7. Soulfood
  8. Teenage Mutant Youth Group Member
  9. You're My All


1992 Star Song Records (SSD 8194)

Stephen Wiley - Rap vocals
Eric Brice - Guitars
DeAndre Davis - Bass
Michael Brooks - Keyboards, drum programming
Dana Davis - Keyboards, drum programming
Charles “Ollie” Harris - Keyboards, drum programming
David McMurray - Saxophone
Lisa Page - Background vocals
Dianne Campbell - Background vocals
Parkes Stewart - Background vocals

Produced by Michael Brooks

  1. Morning Time
  2. Jesus is Lord
  3. My Prayer
  4. This Praise is Real
  5. Found My Way
  6. Just a Touch
  7. Prisoner of the American Dream
  8. Purpose
  9. Get Busy
  10. Glory to God