Growing up in the streets of Brooklyn NY, Bed-Stuy to be exact, Shameek Baker wasn’t your average kid. As a teen, while the rest of his friends were running the streets and partying, he spent countless hours perfecting the craft that he knew would one day take him and his family out of poverty and beyond the grit and grime of the hood. Far from a Church boy, Sha Dirty (as the streets called him) started in the secular scene back in the late 1990’s-early 2000’s demolishing every opponent he faced with his versatile and magnetic lyrical flow.
That all changed in 2002 when Sha was introduced to Christ through a friend. He made the decision to dedicate his life to God and leave Sha Dirty behind. It was then that Shy da Gifted was born. Not missing a beat, Shy brought his infectious lyrics and humble demeanor to the Christian hip-hop scene on the east coast. All that was seen publicly when in 2008 the highly anticipated album “The Good, the Bad, the Gospel” was released on PPMG. Though the record got great reviews, Shy and PPMG parted ways before a second album could be released.
During the next few years, Shy traveled the country while ministering and graced the same stages as fellow gospel artists Yolanda Adams, JJ Hairston, Deitrick Haddon, Tye Tribbett, Byron Cage, KiKi Sheard, and Hezekiah Walker. It would be a few years before the world would hear from Shy da Gifted again. Going on a hiatus for a few years to really focus on God and his growing family, Shy sensed a shift in the spiritual realm and emerged knowing that it was time for new. He spent many hours labouring and soaking in God’s presence and through that time Nehemiah Jones was birthed.
Allowing God to be in full control of his ministry, Nehemiah told the world just how good God has been through life trials and tribulations encouraging non-believers and believers alike with the 2017 release of “Can U Hear Me? The Mixtape” (Available now on datpiff.com and Soundcloud.com.)
Can U Hear Me? laid the foundation for the newly released EP “Do It God’s Way” on Gifted Room Records. This project will not only display the BIG shift of God in his life, but Nehemiah has chosen to share parts of his personal testimony while out of the public eye. With recent events worldwide, this project will also be an encouragement for all. With tracks like the highly anticipated “Let’s Get It” and “Krazy for Jesus” He reminds the listeners that with God you can do all things.
With a passion for God’s people and understanding that the enemy is after their future, Nehemiah is currently ministering at events across the country helping to set the atmosphere and tone from state to state.
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