Erik Alex Bothazy who is professionally known as the international recording artist P.R.E.A.C.H. (Peacefully Respect Everyone Amongst Continuous Hate) was born in Oradea, Romania on January 6, 1985.
P.R.E.A.C.H.’s “footsteps” on what he calls his “Journey Road” began early in the fall of September 1991, when his family immigrated to the United States seeking a new start from a former war torn and communist country. Reality set in fast for Preach and his family as they dealt with economic changes, engaging in a new system, understanding and learning to adapt and overcome a new language barrier were some of the adversities that young Preach witnessed his family take on first hand.
Hip Hop/Rap was a culture that fascinated and appealed to P.R.E.A.C.H. He would find himself imitating and replicating the many sounds of G Funk rhythm and the rugged heavy bass lines from the likes of such artists as Bone thugs N Harmony, 2 Pac, Easy E, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg that were associated with a sound that stood out to him like no other. Music videos were becoming tutors in aiding P.R.E.A.C.H., by helping him pronounce and articulate words. It is safe to say that just a few years later around the age of 9 his life would never be the same due to the magic of music. P.R.E.A.C.H. wrote his first Rhyme at the age of twelve, and the dream of becoming a worldwide artist was born. His drive, determination and full fledged ambition for the love of music was quickly recognized by his peers, thus earning him a solid reputation, at such an early age.
By the age of fifteen, he recorded his first compilation and word quickly spread around the south side of St. Louis about a foreign kid with a “rapid Fire delivery”. As time progressed his vocabulary sharpened, his message became more clear, his confidence grew, and along with his ability to captivate large crowds, whether it be a local house party, or live performance as did his buzz. In 2004 P.R.E.A.C.H. formed a rap group with friends from his neighborhood calling themselves “Wet Grimlinz”. Together they recorded five street albums before they went their separate ways further more acknowledging P.R.E.A.C.H. as not only a validated musician, but also a new brand.
2008-2009-(Expect The UnXpected) LP
P.R.E.A.C.H.’s first solo album spread shock waves throughout the St. Louis area and surrounding areas. The album was filled with a variety of emotion with production by David “Sketch” Barnes and Vincent “Veeno Gunna” Sanders, the album provided a favorite song to every listener. “Expect The UnXpected” LP would jump start a local and national fan base, leading P.R.E.A.C.H. to work with one of his favorite mentor’s Tech N9ne. Tech reached out to P.R.E.A.C.H. to collaborate with him on a song from his “Gates Mixed Plate” Album entitled “Far Out”. The “GMP” hit the #1 spot on Independent billboards in 2010 allowing P.R.E.A.C.H. to receive his very first official musical placement for that which he still holds as his favorite accolade.
2010-2011-(Dark Religion “Chronicles Of the NoKturnal”) EP
Following the success of his freshman release, P.R.E.A.C.H.’s second album would yet again win over the hearts of his F.A.N.S. (Family Around Numerous States) This time P.R.E.A.C.H. teamed up with a good friend of His Senad “DJ NoKturnal” Sadovic to captivate and lure in his fans on a more grittier darker sound.
2012-2013-(Rhyme Royals) LP
P.R.E.A.C.H. once again teamed back up with Sketch and Veeno Gunna his two roll dogs, whom he nicknamed the “MelodyMen”. Together the three of them created an ultimate sound that cannot be compared to anything but “Rap Royalty”, an “underlying treasure” of quality hits. Rhyme Royals is a Rap group comprised of P.R.E.A.C.H. and Veeno Gunna.
2014-2015-S.I.X. (Saint In Xile) LP
P.R.E.A.C.H.’s latest album is considered by many of his fan’s to be his greatest piece of work yet. Quality ridden from front to back, “S.I.X. is a an ingenious work of art that reals in the listener from the jump”. Violet Brown V.P. of Label Development at Strange Music, Inc
Greater Los Angeles Area
Currently P.R.E.A.C.H. has remained dedicated as he continues working earnestly on a few collaboration projects. One including an International album entitled “1 Nation” with his friend Iancu “Make” Goga that is sure to grasp listeners from all corners of the world, especially in the European Market. A second project entitled The HaveKnotz” Family Ties:Everybody Eatin” . The Haveknotz group which P.R.E.A.C.H. is apart of is an Underground Rap group that consists of 6 members collectively from different states.The Haveknotz all share a mutual respect for one another and deliver an explosive sound. Both projects are slated for release in early 2015.
Never skipping a beat, and always holding on to his ethics, and his fondness of music, P.R.E.A.C.H. is only getting started in building what many would call a legacy. His aim is set for the moon and the stars, with his warrior cry reaching all uncharted territories and the hearts of the people as he pledges to live by the slogan All414All. “In order to lead an army first one must train, if life equals death then love is pain” - P.R.E.A.C.H.