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Whyte Lyte:
Just released the Revolution MixTape
New CD "Imago Dei: The Image of Christ" coming 2010

Pearlescent Shepherds:
Just released the DayBreak MixTape
New CD "Click... Click... SAVED!" coming Winter 2009



It is no secret that modern day rap and hip-hop artists are stereotyped on several different levels. The expected attitudes and behaviors create a template for those that want to break into the industry.
For Whyte Lyte and Pearlescent Shepherds, that template does not apply. These lyricists are using their differences and passion for rap music as a platform for their greater goal, sharing the love of Jesus Christ.
Whyte Lyte, also known as John Deterding, began rapping at the age of 14 despite his unusual circumstances.
“How many people can say they're adopted by a family of a different race, in my case, an African-American adopted by white parents?” Deterding said. “Of those people, I can't imagine that many of them can say they are physically disabled and proud to be so. Beyond that, how many people are willing to rap about the fact that they come from an environment where rap is the absolute last genre you'd expect to come out of anyone from rural Kansas? In short, I’m unique.”
In fall 2008, while attending Kansas State University, Deterding met Jake “jWeasy” Weakland. A few months later, Weakland and his friend Chris “HipHop Theologian” Halverson created their own rap duo, Pearlescent Shepherds. The name is representative of their pale skin and their desire to “shepherd” others to Christ.
“We are new to the game, but not new to the scene,” said Halverson.
The three lyricists decided to join forces and use their common interest to promote their passion for Christ.
Individually, both Whyte Lyte and Pearlescent Shepherds are talented musicians. Their music will keep you on your toes with their fresh beats and passion-filled rhymes.
When they combine their efforts, they will blow your mind. Their debut collaboration “Lost” is lyrically smooth and backed up by a beat you can’t help but move to.
They are fresh faces, but you will not regret picking up a copy of either artist’s debut albums.