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Behind The Scenes


MC Michael Lewis better known as Tornado 4:18

is on a mission to bring souls to Christ. He is dedicated to the word

and committed to spreading it. Described as passionate, entertaining

and thought-provoking. Tornado began his career as a secular artist.

One year later he began to rap for his school Arrow Child and family

ministry. He traveled to Texas on their behalf to perform at a foster

care camp. Challenged to have a meaning to his name, he began reading

the Bible more and came across a scripture. The scripture was Luke

4:18 which says

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,

Because He has anointed Me

To preach the gospel to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, [a]

To proclaim liberty to the captives

And recovery of sight to the blind,

To set at liberty those who are oppressed

and it was powerful to him

Tornado while in and out of mental health facilities began to write

more. His early writings lacked focus but as he matured his writing

changed. Tornado continued his music career at St Ambrose Roman

catholic church, the church he grew up in. He became an Eagle scout

the first in his churches history and also the first in his troops

history sadly he would later lose his mentor.

he would later covert over and become a member of the St John

experience a united Methodist congregation

He began to perform at local churches community events secular and

non- secular up and down the east coast sometimes with his younger

sister and brother. The churches and events liked what he had to say

and often invited him back.

Throughout his youth he had a few run ins with the law due to his

struggle with alcohol and lack of a father figure in his life (in

which years later he would reconnect). He would still be performing

while he struggled. The struggle included getting a dui and countless

other things which resulted in him spending one night and a weekend in

jail in Harford county and anne Arundel county. He would spend 1 year

on probation. During his probation he would do some soul searching

which led to him putting alcohol behind him. And he started to realize

his purpose was to reach the lost

to teach the lost to please the boss

at any cost which later became his mission statement for his ministry team 4:18 Knowing he wasn't the best vocalist, Tornado was inspired by the

secular hip hop styles of Tupac Shakur, particularly the song “Keep Your Head Up” to bring his thoughts and feelings into a lyrical format. Going through personal trials of his own, the song spoke to Tornado and inspired him to strengthen his relationship with the Lord and link his own ministry to hip hop. Having favorites in both the

Popular music and Gospel music scenes, Tornado credits Michael Jackson for inspiring his performance style. He also lists contemporary Christian artists such as Kirk Franklin, Donnie McKlurkin and secular artist such as Black Eyed Peas and Tupac Shakur. Also influencing his music Baltimore artist Russ Shanks. A noted fan favorite, Tornado 4:18 has performed at many churches and community events in the Mid-Atlantic area. He has also traveled to many different states including Kansas and New York just to name a few.

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