There was a time when hip hop and Christian music seemed to be mutually exclusive, but in a few short years, Group 1 Crew (Blanca and Manwell) has broadened the parameters of faith-based music with songs that percolate with energy and resonate with the truth of God's grace. On their third Fervent Records release, Outta Space Love, Group 1 Crew explodes in a new direction that further pushes the envelope sonically and lyrically. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Soundscan Christian Digital Chart and No. 4 on the overall Christian Album Chart.
They recently re-launched the album, Outta Space Love: Bigger Love Edition, which includes eight additional tracks with remixes of their hit singles "Walking On The Stars" and "Live It Up" and four brand new songs. One of the new tracks on the album is "He Said," which features multi-award winning artist, Chris August.
"We have a lot of songs that have great beats," Blanca says of the new music, "but then when you break them down and listen to the words, they have amazing messages about friendship, messages about love and also just being in a broken place and needing God."
Combining substantive lyrics with irresistible urban grooves has become Group 1 Crew's calling card. Since fusing their creative talents, Group 1 Crew has earned three Dove Awards and scored such top five hits such as "Movin'" and "Keys to the Kingdom," winning the trio an enthusiastic legion of fans as well as supporters at radio, retail and mainstream TV. Group 1 Crew music has been featured on numerous shows, including FOX's The Simple Life, Style Network's Kimora Lee Simmons: Life in the Fab Lane, The CW's One Tree Hill and their song "Breakdown" has been airing in promotion of the reality series "Khloe & Kourtney Take Miami."