Beyond Skillz is a husband and wife east coast duo residing in Tampa, Florida. The two crew members Jared Thomas (a.k.a. Imperial) and Josie Thomas (a.k.a. Symalee) have worked with various producers and artists such as T.R.U. L.I.F.E. of the Crossmovement, Bonified of Grits, Los-1, Urban Disciple and many more. The two have been married for almost four years and have two children. They attend Crossover Community Church where Tommy Kyllonen a.k.a. Urban Disciple is the pastor. They believe that ministry, sound and quality are the essentials in this Hip-Hop industry. Imperial is a Florida native born in Dunedin, Florida. He has committed himself to Hip-Hop since the age of seven and was influenced by many different Christian artists such as DC Talk, Preachas, Freedom of Soul and many more. The conviction of the Lord always followed him through his teenage years and he soon surrendered himself to his calling in the Hip-Hop ministry. His father is a full-time associate Pastor; he Pastors the youth department and is the minister of music at FBC of Safety Harbor. Imperial has grown up with positive influences and now has a continual fire for Christ burning in his heart. Symalee is a Puerto Rican born in Brooklyn, New York. She always had a desire for poetry, writing, singing and putting out a record of her own. She was raised in Brooklyn until the age of thirteen, her parents moved her to the Tampa Bay Area and she has resided there ever since. She was not raised in the church and did not come to accept the Lord until the age of sixteen at a youth convention. In the year 2000' she became a part of Crossover Community Church and a member of the worship team. In October 2002', she was asked to become the Music Department Director at Crossover Community Church. She believes that through diligence, hard work and God's calling that she will be prepared for the future God has in store for her through music. As members of The Flavor Alliance they participate in concerts four times a year at Crossover Community Church. They have performed in New york City at Rap Fest 2004, and at many other venues around the U.S. They involve their children in all concert activities. They feel it is important to teach their children good values and positive thinking. For this reason they are seeking to minister a positive message with good values to the urban society of today. Beyond Skillz album 'Essential Fundamentals' released September 23. They have sold over 700 copies to date, and have T-shirts, stickers and flats available for their fans to purchase. They are currently working on thier new album 'Here Today Gone Tomorrow'. Which will release nationally through POG Distributions under Flavor Alliance Records. So be on the look out! Their main goal is to minister God's love and message with Hip-Hop as their MOUTHPIECE!
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