Interview with MC Jesus (@m.cjesus)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I grew up in the city of São Paulo and from an early age I had contact with rap from there, which is a reference throughout Brazil. I was 9 years old when I lost my father and life became even more difficult for my family. Because of that in my adolescence I went to study at an Adventist boarding school and it was there that I had my first musical experiences in quartets, choirs, duets and solos. I later became a missionary taking part in missions across the country including the Amazon region. At that time I took a vow of Naziriteship and celibacy that would only end when I turned 33, because I wanted to reflect as much as possible some sensations and questions that perhaps Jesus would have lived. When I told this, people joked and called me Jesus but at first I didn’t accept it. Finally I realized that this helped me even more to reflect and discuss about Jesus with other people and I finally accepted using this nickname plus “Copyright” to make it clear that I had no intention of pretending to be Jesus but of copying him as an example as it says in 1 Corinthians 11:1.
I left Brazil in 2007 and went to live in France, where I learned a lot about the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity and how that fit with the teachings of Jesus. I then started doing translations and writing songs in French and Portuguese and in 2011 I was called by gospel singer Sergio Saas to record a French version of one of his songs (You are my hero which in French became “Tu es mon héros” ).
In 2015 I returned to Brazil and went to study a degree in Music to improve myself even more in the art of composing, producing and performing. During this period I started to adopt the acronym “MC” to my artistic name, instructed by teachers and friends who followed the music market and its trends. I performed at the March for Jesus in the city of Itu that same year. In 2018 I returned to Europe, this time to the UK, where I started to compose in English and to make small presentations in bars, restaurants, birthday parties and participation in gospel events where I started to have a greater presence and recognition online.
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
Recently I was called by the (right-wing) political group MBL to compose a song about the political situation in Brazil because at the beginning of the pandemic I made the video clip of one of my songs called “The Batman virus” and in it I criticize denialism of the pandemic using the Joker figure. I also recently met with one of the biggest Brazilian influencers in the world, businessman and youtuber Felipe Neto (who declares himself on the left-wing) and we had a conversation about the need for spiritual responsibility as a counterpart to religious freedom.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
First be meaningful for themselves, families, their community etc because this will be the source of their energy, engagement and creativity. Second, work hard, find partnerships, perfectionate their art and communication and never give up. Things will happen naturally then.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? *
Nothing of that could be possible if I did not have a strong faith on Jesus Christ as my “living model” in the same time that I had to learn how personally respect, love and accept diversity from LGBTQIA+ community for example. Many people from both communities christian and gay has been very important for my path but I have a special gratitude to Mr. Milton Afonso, a philantropist from Brazil that taught me how to have equilibrium between faith and daily life, spirituality and laicity.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? *
In a very polarized world I keep reminding people from any ideology or political view that love and personal responsibility speech is stronger and more eficient than any hate speech to make a society where we can live with more freedom.
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Eclesiastes 7:16-18 says: “Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise—
why destroy yourself?
Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool- why die before your time?
It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.”
It has been very important for me to keep it in mind in order to remind me that I’m just as human as anyone else, plenty of emotions and subjected to make things right sometimes and mistakes other times. At the end of the day we need to keep learning and being in peace with our own conscience.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can follow me on my Instagram @m.cjesus, on Twitter @jesuscopyright, my fan page on facebook “MC Jesus Copyright”, and on Youtube in my official artist channel “MC Jesus” to be updated about new releases.
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article? *
I’m also founder of the World Spiritual Responsibility Organization an UK institution that provides Spiritual Responsibility certification for entities and influencers who has good governance, fairness and respect in subjects related to spirituality in the real and virtual life..