Govenor is originally from New Orleans , Louisiana He recently moved to Houston, Texas after Hurricane Katrina.

Stephen Michaels is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and has been producing , composing, writing, singing for the past decade. He recently moved to Dallas, Texas after Hurricane Katrina, and in the process of pursueing his music career. contact email: and website:

Govenor life story


Govenor Reiss, Jr., graduated from L.W. Higgins High School. While attending L.W. Higgins he was voted the most talented, was awarded 1st place in various talents shows around the city of New Orleans. During the annual Mardi Gras Parade season, under his direction as drum major during his junior and senior years, at L.W. Higgins, the marching band placed 1st 6 times out of 8 after 6 years of not placing at all.
Govenor has been involved in several successful projects, a collaboration with New Orleans very own world traveled jazz artist Donald Harrison; a two song feature on the national compilation album Young Lions of Big Head Records of Los Angeles; a hit jingle that was on the fore front of the Clean up New Orleans campaign which involved the mayor and other local government officials; a successful outreach program with Hollywood?s own Tom ?Tiny? Lister (Deebo) that went into neighborhoods and high schools. Now, after starting his own Gospel Recording Company Christ Lyfe Musiq he has sold over 4,000 copies of his first solo project ?Flame of Fire? within the first 8 months of his company?s existence.
Govenor has traveled the highways and byways ministering the gospel by way of hip hop including such venues as: Memphis Tennessee, Atlanta Georgia, Beaumont Texas, Bell glades Florida, Italy and is tentatively scheduled for Japan in 2006. Govenor has ministered to the youth of churches here in New Orleans such as; Greater Saint Stephens Full Gospel (capacity 20,000), Greater Antioch (capacity 1,200), Celebration Church (capacity 5,000), Franklin Avenue Baptist Church (capacity 8,000), Perfect Love World Revival Ministries (capacity 1,200) and many more. Also, opening for Fred Hammond at Six Flags in New Orleans in addition to several Tent Revivals in the poverty stricken neighborhoods and projects, Govenor has witnessed thousands of young people accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
Govenor is currently on a 12 state tour with Oil of Joy Ministries entitled ?7 Days of Glory?, presiding Bishop Greg Davis. His expose has been featured in the Washington Post, New Orleans Times Picayune, Chicago Tribune newspapers, The Jump off Magazine, online through and the Religious News Service. Another opportunity to minister has been by way of the local access stations in the city of New Orleans and Cynthia & Friends a national TV show aired in 25 million homes including the Word Network.
His involvement with youth is the heartbeat of his ministry. He has been moved to bring the ?Good News?, to the hurting, confused and misguided manifested through Gospel Hip Hop.

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Congratulations are in order for our February Monthly Contest winner, Govenor, for his excellent rap entry, ?So Sad,? featuring Jose. The New Orleans, Louisiana native takes a genuine look at Hurricane Katrina, and how the disaster, for many, instigates reflection on problems with humanity in general. The influence of religion is embedded in Govenor?s evocative lyrics, and his articulated, laid-back delivery, combined with poignant vocal hits, exposes a heart saddened by the destruction of his hometown.

Check out the winning song ?So Sad.? Congratulations Govenor!

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