Born Dwight Jackson in Lake Charles, LA, Stuey relocated to California with his mom at a young age. Stuey’s mother believed that the move would prove to be beneficial in being able to provide a better lifestyle for the two of them. He attended church regularly throughout his childhood with his grandmother. ” I went to church six days a week and twice on Sundays,” he recalls.
During his sophomore year, Stuey’s mother received a phone call that would change their lives forever. His grandmother suffered a major heart attack and passed away. “Her death was devastating. My big mama (grandmother) was the centerpiece of my family, and when she passed away; our family divided, “he recalls. At the age of 16, Stuey began to depend on alcohol to comfort him during his time of loss. By the age of 20, he had stopped going to church completely. He found himself drifting through life developing a taste for the satisfactions that the world offered. Stuey joined the Army at the age of 23. “I joined the military as a way to escape, but the things that I encountered during wars only added to the darkness my heart was masking. I never addressed the issues, I just acted as if they weren’t there and covered them up with the pleasures of the world, “he stated. It was that type of thinking that led him down a path of depression and thoughts of suicide. “I was losing the will to live and life was becoming meaningless, “he said. While on the outside, to others; it seemed as if he had it all together, on the inside he was hurting and crying out for help. “I leaned on things that the world provided to fill a void that only Jesus could fill. Sex, drugs and alcohol only provided temporary satisfaction, but I always woke up feeling empty. I felt as if I was at my lowest, and that is when the Lord spoke to me. I was at a point in my life where I just decided that it was too crowded on the main road and it seemed as if I was going in circles, so I decided to make a lifestyle change and walk down that narrow path; Greatest decision I’ve ever made! Christ called, I answered, simple as that, “ Stuey recalls.
Four months after Stuey rededicated his life to Christ, he lost his mother. Instead of succumbing to the world and following his old traits, he turned to his newly developed relationship with Christ, and leaned heavily on the Lord to be his strength.
Stuey is on fire and ready to do whatever the Lord needs him to do to reach the lost souls of the world. “I really just want to use the gifts that God gave me to draw as many people to him. Whether it’s through music, witnessing in the streets, ministering in church or writing songs for others, I just want the Lord to use me for His glory. Greater is He that lives in me than He who is in the world, and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I will never again conform to a world that I was called to transform,”Stuey proclaims. Stuey loves the Lord with all of his heart, mind and soul, there will be no compromising. His hope is that the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ, will be exalted across the world.