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Local duo reaches youth with inspiring Christian rap

POSTED: April 2, 2011 1:30 a.m.
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Dan Moore and Lindsay Justice spend their days fighting fires and teaching high school literature. But in their spare time, the duo spreads the word of Christ through their hip-hop band, Soul Water.

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There’s more to Dan Moore and Lindsay Justice than what meets the eye.

By day, Moore is a Hall County firefighter and Justice a Johnson High School teacher. By night, the pair of Gainesville natives becomes Soul Water, a Christian hip-hop group.

"We want to teach people about Christ through our music," Justice said.

"Both of us have a heart for the younger generations and they’re drawn more towards this type of music."

Their professions may not immediately make you peg them as musicians, but music has played an important role in both of their lives.

"I was raised with music. My mom plays piano, so I took lessons when I was younger," Justice said.

"And she was always the minister of music at churches, so I grew up singing in the choir with her."

Moore, who was once a member of a secular rap group, has been writing lyrics and producing music since he was a teenager.

Although music has been a passion for each of them most of their lives, they didn’t join forces until a chance meeting in a Flowery Branch studio in 2005.

"I decided to let him hear some of the music that I’d done. I’d never shared my music with anyone else before," Justice said.

"We just clicked from there."

The duo went on to record their first song together, "LiveStrong." The song was inspired by the "individual trials they had each overcome by living strong through the words and promises of Jesus Christ."

In 2007, they released their self-titled, debut album "Soul Water."

"We’d performed together a good bit before we released that album," Justice said.

"We knew a lot of people were waiting for it, so we weren’t really surprised by the (album’s success)."

The group’s unique name has biblical roots.

"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst: but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life," Moore and Justice quote on their website from John 4:14.

"There are so many verses in the Bible that talk about Jesus being the nutrition we need for our soul," Justice said.

"We look at it like our body needs nutrition, and so does our soul."

Water provides nourishment for bodies, just as Jesus’ teachings provide water for souls, hence the name Soul Water.

The group is currently promoting its second CD, "Inspired Minds," which was released earlier this year.

Although some traditionalists may question hip-hop as a valid form of Christian music, the duo says there’s no reason to challenge their chosen vessel.

"The Bible tells us to ‘make a joyful noise,’ it doesn’t tell us how we need to do it. It’s not about the way it sounds, it’s the words we’re speaking in our lyrics," Justice said.

"The sound is just the hook to get people to give it a chance — the lyrics are what it’s all about. That’s where you’ll find the message."



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