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Harmony in hardship: The Rudy Currence story

An in-depth dive with Kevin E. Hooks on faith, music, and overcoming obstacles

Rudy Currence is a Grammy and Dove Award-winning producer, Grammy-nominated writer, and #1 Billboard Gospel recording artist. Rudy is described by his fans as simply an “Experience.” The son of a pastor, Rudy is a native of Rock Hill, SC, and a graduate of Furman University with a degree in Music. In recognition of his celebrated pursuits in the world of music, he recently received a key to the city of Greenville, SC.

This year Rudy performed on the 37th Stellar Awards which aired on BET, BET Gospel, and Bounce TV. His previous televised appearances include ABC’s “The View,” Revolt TV, Music Choice, Fox Soul, and The Breakfast Club. Rudy has toured nationally and abroad, including renowned US Venues like the House of Blues, Nashville Music City Center, City Winery, the Soul Train Music Cruise, Blue Bird Café, Cobb Energy Center, and The World Famous Apollo Theatre.

Rudy is endorsed by Kawai Piano, the world’s second-largest piano distributor and has over 10 million channel views on YouTube. His writing and producer credits include songs for Quincy Jones, Mya, Ray J, “The Bourne Identity,” and David Banner. He has also been featured on projects with Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Ledisi, Chico DeBarge, Raheem DeVaughn, Donald Lawrence and Byron Cage.

In 2013, Rudy won both Grammy and Dove awards for his production on Lecrae’s album, “Gravity,” and in 2015, was again Grammy-nominated for writing “Sunday AM” for gospel legend, Karen Clark Sheard. He has performed on stages with major artists like Kirk Franklin, Koryn Hawthorne (who has a song called “Look at God,” produced by rolling out Publisher and CEO Munson Steed), Marvin Winans, Keke Wyatt, Regina Belle, Jazmine Sullivan, and more.

In 2017, Rudy’s single, “Testimony,” exploded onto the gospel charts quickly rising to Billboard’s Top 20. In early 2021, “I Belong Here” captured the #1 Billboard position on the Gospel Airplay Charts for two consecutive weeks and the #1 Billboard Gospel Songwriter spot. Rudy is only the sixth writer to ever hold this coveted title. In late 2021, Rudy released “No Greater Love,” featuring Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Chrisette Michele.

The song peaked at the #1 position on the Billboard Gospel Airplay, Billboard Gospel Indicator, and Mediabase charts, earning Rudy his second #1 Billboard Hit. Rudy recently released 2 new back-to-back singles titled “One Of These Days” and “Vans X Adidas” (pronounced Vans and Adidas). His highly anticipated album, “Stained Glass Windows” was just released in April 2023 along with his latest radio single, “Ransom.” “I’m just an everyday PK but I believe my music will inspire, encourage, and heal millions around the world.”


In an enlightening episode of “Equity in Focus,” host Kevin E. Hooks sits down with Grammy and Dove award-winning artist Rudy Currence. Known for his soul-stirring melodies and profound lyrical depth, Currence shares his journey, inspirations, and the undying faith that fuels his music. Here’s everything you need to know about their heart-to-heart.

Who is Rudy Currence?

Rudy Currence is not just an artist but a testament to the power of faith, family, and fervent talent. From Rock Hill, South Carolina, Currence has risen to the top of gospel and soul music charts, drawing inspiration from his roots as a pastor’s kid and the unwavering support of his family.

A grace-filled musical journey

Currence’s music is a beacon of hope and grace, deeply influenced by his upbringing in a faithful household. With tracks like “Stained Glass Window,” he emphasizes God’s unconditional love and the importance of unity over division. His music resonates with the message that we are all part of a larger, divine tapestry, irrespective of our earthly distinctions.

Bridging generational gaps

One of Currence’s remarkable talents is his ability to appeal to listeners across generations. He attributes this to the universal language of good music and love. His album, “Stainless Glass Windows,” reflects a rich tapestry of influences, from R&B and soul to gospel, showcasing his versatility and commitment to delivering messages that transcend musical genres.

The power of collaboration and kindred spirits

In an industry often marred by competition and isolation, Currence highlights the significance of finding like-minded souls. His collaborations, such as the heartfelt “No Greater Love” with Crisette Michele, underscore the strength found in unity and shared belief systems.

Overcoming industry shadows

Despite the challenges and “snakes in the grass” of the entertainment world, Currence remains steadfast, guided by his faith and the principle of being the change he wishes to see. His journey is a beacon for those navigating the tumultuous waters of the music industry, reminding them that authenticity and alignment with one’s values are paramount.

Healing through music

Currence speaks candidly about the healing power of music, both for the artist and the audience. In moments of personal struggle or societal turmoil, his songs offer a sanctuary, a place for reflection, healing, and affirmation.

What lies ahead for Rudy Currence?

The future looks bright for Currence, with plans for touring, new singles, and a deluxe version of his acclaimed album on the horizon. His dedication to spreading love and light through music continues to inspire and uplift.

A personal invitation from Rudy Currence

Currence warmly invites everyone to connect with him through his social media platforms and website. As he continues to share his gift with the world, he remains a humble servant of the music that moves him.

Conclusion: A symphony of soul and spirit

Rudy Currence’s story is one of triumph over adversity, a melody of faith, and a rhythm of resilience. Kevin E. Hooks’ interview unveils the depth of Currence’s character and the breadth of his influence, leaving us all a little more hopeful, a bit more connected, and infinitely inspired.

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