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Thursday, May 9, 2013 09:05 am

This Momma’s Boy is blessed


Zach “Momma’s Boy” Ayappa, otherwise known as The MB, celebrates his CD release  at the Rock ’n’ Roll Hardee’s on Stevenson Drive, Friday, May 10. The party begins at 6:30 p.m. with several acts scheduled to perform.

Within the burgeoning Springfield music scene bubbles a wonderful and creative world of hip-hop and rap music that thrives on talent and expression. As the national music direction goes, so goes the flow of local music as it filters down through the airwaves and eardrums to affect the musings of individuals making music with passion and care. One of these guys is Zach Ayappa, otherwise known as “Momma’s Boy” or more commonly, The MB.

Ayappa, a local product, lives in Sherman and got his schooling at Williamsville High School, Lincoln Land Community College and University of Illinois Springfield. He works as a barista at Kate’s Koffee in White Oaks Mall, while developing personal businesses, Ayappa’s International Cuisine and Ayappa’s Services, plus he’s the youth pastor at Faith Outreach Christian Church in Sherman. If that’s not enough, the energetic individual has created Christian-based hip-hop music with a passion since his teenage years. Now at the grand old age of 23, he’s about to release, Blessings Coming, his third and “most ambitious” recording of his career.

When Zach was about 13 and struggling with some personal issues, like a mother involved in substance abuse, her abandonment and his subsequent adoption by a family that knew her, along with other teenage issues, he first found his answer to these penetrating questions.

“I started praying or having a conversation with God – whatever you want to call it – asking why me, why I had to go through these things in my life,” explains Ayappa. “And however you want to say it, God told me to take a look at the blessings I have and to realize I’m in a much better place than I was and to be thankful.”

A few years later when a Christian rap/hip-hop artist came to his church, Zach befriended the musician, feeling a true connection to the positive work of the artist. Following his heart, he began to use his creative talents to bring a message to the world through song. Several years into it, the new record presents a healthy outlook for humanity by developing ways of coping within a faith-based network.

“It’s the most powerful, beautiful record I’ve made. The foundation is taken from Psalms, chapter 30, verse 5,” he says. “I recorded some of it in my closet and we had it mastered in Las Vegas. It’s an intense project.”

To celebrate the release of Blessing Coming, The MB asked many of his friends and fellow artists, including label-mate hip-hop artist B-Free, plus Elijah Settles, Aubree Huffman, Luke Welchel, lil Switcha (Identity), DJ MAYDAY, hushpad and Nicholas Timke to join in the fun. Along with the music performers, Ayappa will have 3-on-3 basketball courts provided by Humble Made Music Group. Players can sign up for the upcoming HMMG 3-on-3 tournament later this summer. Everything happens this Friday, May 10, starting at 6 p.m. at the Rock ’n’ Roll Hardees on Stevenson Drive where “The MB will be headlining the party and kicking out the new jams.”

Zach puts his heart out into life experiences daily and related several instances of audience members reacting to the message of hope and redemption through Jesus Christ in his performances. Dedicated to this belief and backed with the strength and compassion to continue his mission, “Momma’s Boy” seems poised to accomplish his personal goals of goodness.

“I try to reach out as much as I can and tickle people’s ears, just trying to help people however I can to find hope,” he says. “I feel humbled by this. I know it’s not me, it’s God working through me.”

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.

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