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‘Closer to God’: Dante Bowe Returns to Christian Music World

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‘Closer to God’: Dante Bowe Returns to Christian Music World

By Movieguide® Contributor

Dante Bowe, a Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum singer and songwriter, recently returned to the Gospel and Christian music world after a surprising split from Maverick City Music in September 2022.

“I mean, it’s been an incredible journey the last few months. I feel healthier than ever. Better than ever. Brighter than ever. Feel closer to God,” he told CBN News.

Bowe’s exit from Maverick City came after “behavior that [was] inconsistent with [their] core values and beliefs,” a September 2022 statement from the group shared. “We have decided to put a pause on our professional relationship with Dante Bowe. Decisions like these are not easy because of the level of nuance, both professionally and personally, but we felt it necessary to address.”

Shortly after that news, Bowe took a break from social media to “rest mentally and physically.”

Now, Bowe is back with a new single; his own record label, True Music; and an upcoming solo album, Press Play.

He believes that God used his exit from Maverick City to “catapult” him into the next steps of his music career.

“Now I have this incredible team. I’ve rebuilt my infrastructure with the most incredible people and most incredible producer, John John, who’s helped me release ‘Hide Me’ and this entire album Press Play,” he shared.

“I don’t think that would have happened if certain things didn’t occur. The trials are not in vain. Nothing is wasted. Nothing’s in vain,” the singer continued.

The time away also drew Bowe closer to God, his team and his friends.

“I wanted more of Jesus when I went through that,” he explained. “And I think that’s the point of it all. Sometimes, those things happen so we can draw near. So, I felt very close to Him in that season.”

“Also, just the team He put around me. I felt so blessed. My friends are with me the entire time. It was really a fabulous time, and I felt really, really blessed. And how can you not run to Him after feeling so overwhelmed by His presence and His blessings,” he added.

Bowe reflected, “God oftentimes prepares us for the journey. And I feel like everything I’ve gone through and everything I’m going through is important.”

While Bowe has moved on from Maverick City, he reflected the group’s influence in his life.

“I love Maverick, and I love Bethel music. I mean, they’ve done so much for me, and we’re still friends to this day. I’ve always had support, but I just think different things are necessary for the next journey, and it’s God’s plan and we’re trying to do it right.”

Movieguide® previously reported on Bowe’s success in the Christian music world:

Christian music artist Dante Bowe has had a watershed professional year, and he attributes it all to God.

Bowe reflected on his faith and career-defining year in a recent interview with CBN News.

“I just feel like I’m walking in the promises of God and all the things that I was prophesied when I was younger and spoken over by my grandma and my mom, my dad,” he said. “I just feel like it’s coming into fruition. I just feel – I don’t – I’m walking in these promises.”

Bowe received four GRAMMY Award nominations ahead of the 64th Grammy Awards this year.

The artist is up for awards in both the Gospel and Contemporary Christian music categories:

  • Best Gospel Performance/Song for both “Voice of God” and “Joyful”
  • Best Gospel Performance/Song for “Wait on You” with Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music
  • Best Gospel Album with Maverick City Music for “Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition”
  • Best Contemporary Christian Music Album with Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music

While Bowe is best known for his work with Maverick City Music and Bethel Music, Bowe also proved himself in his solo ventures.

Bowe attributes his unique soul sound to the influence of other Christian artists like Tye Tribbett, Yolanda Adams, and CeCe Winans, whom he listened to during his childhood while riding in the car with his grandma.