Bertrand McKinney also known by his stage name BERTY is a Gospel Hip Hop artist, writer and producer signed to the Fresh Start Recording And Entertainment label.
BERTY was born in New Orleans La and raised in Tylertown, Ms by his father and mother. Growing up God was always a part of his life and church was a common thing in the house.
At a young age, BERTY started writing poetry and discovered a love for hip-hop music. He originally started out doing secular hip hop but something felt off and he knew something was missing. That something was God. He was rapping about something that he wasn’t living and decided to use his gift to glorify God. As soon as that happened God opened doors.
Around that time BERTY was part of the Gospel Hip-Hop group Da Process with his brother in Christ B.R.I.G.H.T. People began to show them favor when no one wanted to listen to their music or hear their scripturally-based message.
According to Berty “We put our music in a forum and it started getting good responses. Our music starting getting radio airplay. Some airplay we had to pay for, some we didn’t but it was still airplay. By the grace of God, Minister Chuck Charles Spearman asked if we would be interested in doing Dr. Bobby Jones Presents [which airs on the Impact Network]. Things were financially tight at that time but we decided to step out on faith, pay [the registration fee] and do the show. That trip changed my life. At the Bobby Jones appearance, we met Archbishop Dr. Steven M Kelsey who is the CEO and founder of Fresh Start Recording and Entertainment”.
With the advice of Chuck Spearman and Evg 24kt Gold, BERTY eventually went to Louisville, Kentucky to do a showcase for Fresh Start Recording and Entertainment because they were consultants for the label. Not long after that BERTY was signed to the Fresh Start Recording And Entertainment label. BERTY has been rapping for over 20 years, has shared the stage with some of Gospel’s biggest talent, and is currently working on his debut solo album and just released the first single titled Miracle featuring Pastor Wess Morgan.
Berty states, “I’m thankful for all that have played a part in my journey so far, but I’m most grateful to God. Without Him, I am nothing!”