Speez, born Ira Spann, was raised on the Southside of Chicago. Chicago being known for it’s heavy gang culture today was no different then either. His older brothers were in gangs but they sheltered him from that lifestyle. Growing up in Chicago gave Speez a different outlook on life. He was forced to be more mature than his age called for.
Forced away from the gang life, Speez was pushed into music. Learning about music, he found out that his family had a long history of musicians. His Grandfather was the first person to bring Jackson 5 to Chicago and was credited for crowning Aretha Franklin the queen of soul.
One of his records produced was “Oh Girl” which peaked at #35 on Billboard Hot 100, making it Paul Wall’s highest charting solo single to date which went Gold. Speez production helped catapult his album to number one on U.S. Billboard 200 with 176,000 sales first week. This became the highlight of Speez secular music career.
Speez now writes about his love for God, experiences on the road to salvation and his view of the world from a biblical standpoint. His aspirations are to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and at the same time challenge his creativity in hopes of touching the lives of many, lost and believers.
Some lyrics from ‘Catacombs’
Cover in his blood all I see is red/
Praying my problems part Moses and that see that’s red/
Holy set apart I can see the dead/
Cast my cares on him I can breath again/
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