His life began to spiral out of control with drinking, partying, drug dealing, drug usage, explicit sex, robbing prostitutes, and gunfights. These were only a few distractions that he allowed to take over his life. In 1993, he obtained a starring role in a New York City Police Athletic League commercial, after competing against 1,000+ others. This accomplishment inspired him to pursue acting as well as rapping in New York. In his heart he wanted the whole world and everything it had to offer. He landed a role in a premier play entitled Endangered Species, in which he played a thug named Tito in 1994. Success looked as if it was going to overtake him. He was introduced to a division of Epic Records, who in turn offered him a recording contract.
His plans of “making it big” as a rapper/actor came to a halt after his mother invited him to attend a service at Zoë Ministries where Prophet E. Bernard Jordan prophesied that he would be very successful only if he surrendered his life totally to God and not sign that contract because it would be like signing his soul to satan. He thought that his mother had spoken to the prophet but was in total shock when he found out that she said nothing. Joseph accepted the call on his life and turned down the recording contract and joined Zoë Ministries. There he learned how to give his life and gifts to God. Prophet Jordan introduced Joseph to Rev Run of Run DMC who was also a member of the ministry. A Christian rap group called The Zoë Brothers was formed. Joseph only recorded a few songs with the group before he decided to move back home to Natchitoches, Louisiana because of legal trouble. In 1995, after much training and going through discipleship with his mentor, Rick Legardy, they formed Prodigal Soldiers Ministries. They recorded a two-song demo, which gained nationwide exposure.
Joseph now takes his commitment to the Lord seriously because he knows he should be locked behind bars or dead in hell. Following the pattern of his parents, his first marriage ended in divorce. This was the most devastating thing he had ever faced. Now a single father of four, God kept him and his children safe from harm. God allowed him to write a book entitled “For Better or For Worse” that was published and distributed worldwide. In 2006, Joseph married Constance and together had a daughter named Cailah joining Patrick, Braylon, Joseph Jacobi “JJ”, Emani, and Christopher, a 21st Century Brady Bunch. Joseph and Constance opened Maximum Glory Apparel, Accessories, Home Décor & More. They work hand-in-hand in the ministry. Joseph, also known as Mr. U Hate Me is living up to his name and wearing a coat of many colors, showing a very hateful world the agape love of God. His life reflects that God will turn your misery into ministry.
Music has changed the last couple of decades, it use to be about an artist expressing views from their environment, emotions, and life through song. Now the music industry is over saturated with carbon copies of the latest fads and trends, authenticity in artistry is a rarity. Bush Baby is the exception. Back then Bush Baby didn’t realize as a teenager why he was obsessed with free-styling every opportunity he got to his family and friends.
“Now that I think about it I use to annoy my family all the time! Any song, car ride, holiday, or family function I was the kid who loved to free-style rap! Just ask them! LOL”
Like most high school graduates, he wasn’t sure about a college major. His passion was for music but he became discouraged when he found out how much it would cost to study recording arts at Full Sail University and realized he couldn’t afford it. So he decided to attend University of Louisiana at Lafayette for his first semester which would carve his path in music that he would not have chosen for himself. Bush Baby made some bad choices and was arrested on three charges one being a serious felony. After bailing out of Lafayette parish jail he was so depressed it lead him to drop out of school and move back to his hometown of Natchitoches, LA.
He was in full pursuit of a music career but his dreams of becoming a rap star were crushed when someone burglarized him and his friends home, taking all of the studio equipment. Not long after, he and his friends sought revenge. In a violent confrontation, he was shot at point-blank range in the chest. By God’s grace he survived the gun shot wound and his relationship with God began to grow. He realized that God had a bigger purpose for his life and music was still apart of it.
Now he is on a purposed journey using the gift of music to empower and impact the lives of others. He has received a recording arts degree, and soon after he obtained a degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. He released his debut studio album as an artist/producer entitled “The Idol Factory” (2014). Then he released his sophomore album entitled “Real Life Music” (2016) discussing real life stories and situations that everyone experiences but always communicating hope and faith that will inspire you to not quit in life. Bush Baby has collaborated with National Recording Artists like Dee-1 and Jor’Dan Armstrong. Every year he creates new music, videos and inspiring content all for his growing “fam” base.
Bush Baby’s motto is “I do it for the people, the underdog” and he is very determined to stay true to that. He is a voice to the voiceless and wants to see everyone win. He understands that we as people are a lot alike in more ways than we are different which makes his music relatable to almost anyone. Now with a second chance at it Bush Baby embraces his journey with all this heart and soul.
Before marriage, Constance had a son, Patrick. Being a single mother taught her responsibility and independence. She also learned how to surrender her will to God’s will and allow the Lord to prepare her for a husband. In March 2006, she married Joseph Bush, Jr. who already had four beautiful children (Christopher, Emani, Joseph, and Braylon). Together they had one daughter, Cailah (pronounced Kayla). After marriage she looks back and is grateful at how the Lord brought she and her son through many challenging times. Constance wants the single woman to know how important it is to wait on the Lord to send her a godly husband that has been prepared specifically for her.