Ashante P.T. Stokes

Ashante P.T. Stokes is an American rhythm and gospel artist and actor.[1] He began his career as a rhythm and gospel vocalist and rapper in early 2013 and his acting in late 2013.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Stokes was a youth chanter at Wheat Street Baptist Church and played the hand bells at Hillside Presbyterian Church.[1] His inaugural live performance as PT The Gospel Spitter was January 25, 2013 at Mark SQuared in Tucker, Georgia.[citation needed] In late 2013, a friend urged him to audition for a small part in an indie film, Burning Bridges. The casting director asked him to audition for a larger supporting role that he won.

In 2014, he recorded his studio album, Raise Up. Two singles, "Understanding God" and "Salvation RMX" were part of a music mini-film deal between his label and production company, Serving the Peace, LLC and StewArt Media Studios. "Understanding God", the music mini-film debut was at Borderline 2015, a Haitian American Christian Hip Hop celebration in Lawrenceville, Georgia. "Salvation RMX" the music mini-film premiered in May 2015 at Stephenson High School, Stone Mountain, Georgia. In August 2015, "Salvation RMX" won the Audience Choice award for a music video and garnered Stokes a best director nomination at the Gwinnett Center International Film Festival. He was named New Urban Hip Hop Artist of the Year, July 31, 2016 by the Independent Artist Christian Music Association.

Early lifeEdit

Stokes was born in Atlanta, Georgia.[1] He spent a year of his early life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his paternal grandparents.[1] Stokes finished high school in Middletown, Connecticut where he was a scholar-athlete and competed in USATF Youth track at the Junior Olympics level.[2] He was a sprinter in the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) as an Ohio University Bobcat.[3]

Rhythm and gospel careerEdit

In 2010, Stokes performed in the Gospel Music Association's Immerse competition, advancing through to the semifinal round.[1] He established a professional relationship with a vocal coach, principle operatic soprano, Maria Clark.[1] He was introduced to Hit'em Hard Entertainment and recorded his first two mixtape singles resulting in his first live performance as PT The Gospel Spitter at Mark SQuared in Tucker, Georgia on January 25, 2013.

In April 2014, PT did a 30-second promo video for United Christian Broadcasters' (UCB) Gig in a Shed, for BigChurchDayOut, a contemporary Christian music festival generally held in Wiston, West Sussex, England. The video is an edit of a longer live performance of a mixtape single track, GYPO ("Get Your Praise On"). "It is especially humbling as the video was first aired in early April and it was late April before the Android mobile app was first available to support the YouTube auto-generated playlists", said PT. "The desktop version for UCB's playlist was first generated in February indicating that GYPO was added and charted to the list sometime after its first few weeks of play."[4]

Serving the Peace, his label and production company, entered into a two music mini-film deal with StewArt Media Studios for the Raise Up studio album singles, Understanding God, already released in October, 2014 and Salvation RMX, released in 2015.[1] Both music mini-films were released in the second quarter of 2015 in limited viewings. Salvation RMX was an official selection of the Gwinnett Center International Film Festival in August 2015. Salvation RMX won the festivals' Audience Choice award. In the fourth quarter of 2015 into early 2016, Salvation RMX was in the top three music videos airing on streaming television's Christian Hip Hop channel.[5]

Acting careerEdit

A few months after creating entertainment company, Serving the Peace, in 2013, Stokes was approached by the mentor who had introduced him to Hit'em Hard Entertainment, about auditioning for a role in an indie film. The mentor had been asked to audition for a small role as an arresting officer in the film and thought the role was a fit for PT. Although not aiming to be an actor, conceding to the mentor's lobbying, Stokes went to audition for the role and was asked to audition for a larger role. He landed the role of Angelo, in Burning Bridges, an attorney that is key to the film's major plot twist.[1]

In March 2014, Stokes got an uncredited role as a detective in Taken 3.[6][7]

By August 2014, Stokes was in Ant-Man as a prison officer coming to Paul Rudd's ("Scott Lang/Ant-Man") rescue.[7]

In September 2014, Stokes was asked to submit a rehearsal rate sheet and then took a dinner to discuss a project, Emerald City. Although a new showrunner and writer were later green-lighted for the project, NBC allowed PT and the original writers to continue to be attached to the project.[8]

Stokes made a LA promotional tour during Golden Globe weekend in January 2015 which was also the same weekend as the USA premiere for Taken 3.[citation needed]

In March 2015, Stokes landed a voice role in the Remedy Entertainment/Microsoft Studios time bending video game/interactive television project, Quantum Break.[citation needed]

In June 2015, Stokes had a featured role on the TV One series, Born Again Virgin.[citation needed] In November 2015, he portrayed a barber, Dwight, who has a close relationship with the character Jabari, played by JD Williams, for the Bounce TV/Swirl Films church drama, Saints & Sinners.[citation needed]

Awards and achievementsEdit

Gwinnett Center International Film FestivalEdit

Year Film Award Result
2015 Salvation RMX Audience Choice Won[9]
2015 Salvation RMX Best Direction, Music Video Nominated[9]
2015 Salvation RMX Best Music Video Nominated[9]

Independent Artists Christian Music Association honorsEdit

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2016 PT The Gospel Spitter/Salvation Urban Holy Hip Hop Artist Nominated[10]
2016 PT The Gospel Spitter/Death of Atheism New Urban Hip Hop Artist of the Year Won[11]

DiscographyEdit

Title Album Details
Raise Up
  • Singles released
  • Understanding God October 7, 2014
  • Salvation RMX October 23, 2015
  • Label: Serving the Peace
  • Digital streaming and stores distribution

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Note
2014 Salvation RMX Live PT The Gospel Spitter Producer
2014 Taken 3 Detective
2015 Understanding God PT The Gospel Spitter Writer, Producer
2015 Ant-Man Prison Officer
2015 Salvation RMX Choir Director/Preacher Writer, Director, Performer
2016 Burning Bridges Angelo

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Note
2015 Born Again Virgin Guy at Bar one episode, dance
2015 Satisfaction Band Manager
2016 Saints & Sinners Dwight three episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Note
2016 Quantum Break Quest Hospital Security Voice, motion capture

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ashante PT Stokes Spreads God's Word in Various Creative Ways", New Pittsburgh Courier, September 5, 2014
  2. ^ "They Can't Catch Stokes, Middletown", "Hartford Courant", June 2, 1998
  3. ^ "Mid-American Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field 2002 Top Performers", "CSTV.com", 2002
  4. ^ "Big Church Day Out", YouTube Video Discovery System (auto-generated), retrieved June 30, 2016
  5. ^ "Weekly Top Ten Music Video Countdown", Christian Hip Hop Television, January 10, 2016, retrieved July 23, 2016
  6. ^ "J-Anthony and Ash Breezy Interview Gospel Artist PT Stokes and Visual Make-up Artist Sherilyn Marilyn", Web Talk Show VC Street Leak, You Tube, May 23, 2014, retrieved July 23, 2016
  7. ^ a b "P.T., Rotten Tomatoes, retrieved July 30, 2016
  8. ^ "Emerald City" Barcelona Film Commission, 2015, retrieved July 23, 2016
  9. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2016-07-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "IACMA Awards 2016"[permanent dead link], IACMA.org, retrieved July 23, 2016
  11. ^ "IACMA Awards 2016"[permanent dead link], IACMA.org, retrieved August 1, 2016

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