Raised in the small town of Earth Texas, 5ive became acquainted with drugs at a
young age. At the age of 13 he got saved but a couple years later he began to backslide.
He struggled with addiction to marijuana, and cocaine throughout his teenage years. By the
time he was in his twenty's he was addicted to crack cocaine and had been in and out of jail
on drug charges. While serving a 180 day sentence, he made a vow to God that he would
not smoke anymore marijuana when he was released. Upon his release he struggled with
his addiction for about three years, and then it elevated to crystal meth.

One night while he was up high on meth the Lord began to show him some things, and the
next morning as he was watching a Praise-a-thon on television the man on the screen
(Pastor Jamal Bryant) literally began to talk to him, and that is when he knew he needed
Jesus in his life so he called on the name of Jesus and him and his wife surrendered their
lives to the Lord Jesus Christ on Nov. 7th 2010. Every since then he has been going hard for
the Lord, preaching sermons, and doing outreaches with his ministry family James and
Castillo ministries, which does the I'm On Fire Events. Then God connected him with Jesse
Lopez of the The Bridge Ministries where they created the TBM Squad and where Craig
James took on the name 5ive which is the biblical number for grace. Shortly after the
release of his debut Album "Amazin" was released. Craig then was introduced to Ryan
"Gritty" Vestal the founder of Rep Tha King Ministries and they quickly formed a bond and it
wasn't long before Ryan asked Craig to come partner and become the CEO of Rep Tha King

It's been two years and the obedience to the Lord has really been a blessing, Craig has
toured all over the U.S. doing over a hundred shows a year sharing his story of addiction,
redemption, and Salvation which can be seen on repthaking.com. 5ive has even gone so far
to stretch his talents to collaborating with Australian artist Grasp Whosoever, Ghana’s Royal
Priesthood and Psykoz in France as well as playing a part in an Indie Filmed called Secret
Angel. 5ive is releasing his Sophomore Album entitled "Ignition" which the first single is
Ignite featuring well know recording artist Je’kob.

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