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WATCH: Gospel Artist Bryan Popin Shares Journey To Success in Full Interview with Efrem Graham

WATCH: Gospel Artist Bryan Popin Shares Journey To Success in Full Interview with Efrem Graham Read Transcript


EFREM GRAHAM: Bryan Popin's "I Got Out"

is the latest anthem of hope for churches across America.

While his music tops the charts today,

his talent has been wowing audiences since he was a child.

We dug through our archives to find

some of Bryan's earlier work.


BRYAN POPIN: He says that if you--

any instrument if you preach the word

any instrument can touch a person.

Even if you don't preach the word, you know.

Just an instrument can touch a person.

EFREM GRAHAM: Where's the music coming from in your story?

BRYAN POPIN: My heart.

But ultimately there's been a lot

of frustration and confusion in my life, you know.

There's been twists and turns.

There's been expectations that I kind of expected,

and then you get a jab.

You get a left hook you get an uppercut,

And you weren't expecting that in life.

So when you go up against the ropes one time you're like ooh.

You know I can--

You just get confused and frustrated.

And so a lot of it is crying out to God.

And in that moment of frustration and confusion

a song is usually birthed, at least for me.

EFREM GRAHAM: Watching things about you online I saw

beautiful prophecy that T..D. Jakes delivered to you.

T.D. JAKES: I know you've been through a lot of storms,

and a lot of changes.

Before you minister to us I just want to tell you something.

This is a new season for you.

EFREM GRAHAM: What were the frustrations happening

prior to that?

BRYAN POPIN: Prior to that I was in the process

of almost declaring bankruptcy.

I had the appointment set up.

My family situation was difficult

because I just didn't have my priorities in check.

And so at that particular moment, just so much

was going on, and God birthed this song I Can Make It.

I'm starting to go over--

around and, you know, just like that

was the first moment of where I started to go around

and started singing that song, and proclaim

that song with people.


All that was just starting, yet my world

was still a bit of a mess.

And so I'd be singing it and even believing it on my own.

And, you know, God I can make it.

With you I can come out of this, and you know Bishop Jakes,

I've always, always been encouraged by his messages.

I have hundreds of his teaching tapes on cassette.


And you know he's just always encouraged me,

and always been a blessing to so many.

But he-- that was the actual service

that Tyler Perry gave a million dollar to the youth center,

and it just caused a big praise outbreak.

EFREM GRAHAM: You've got a song that's topping

billboard charts right now.

BRYAN POPIN: It's crazy, man.


I've been through the fire, but I got out.

BRYAN POPIN: It's a blessing.

EFREM GRAHAM: It's beautiful.

BRYAN POPIN: Number one, I can't--

EFREM GRAHAM: Number one.

BRYAN POPIN: I never thought I'd be saying number one.

I've been number 88, and number 2012.

But, you know, number one it's God's favor, man.

EFREM GRAHAM: I heard your music before I saw you years ago.


EFREM GRAHAM: Then when I go to look and see who this little--

BRYAN POPIN: You got a little confused.

EFREM GRAHAM: --Bryan Popins guy is.


I didn't expect he'd be white.

BRYAN POPIN: That's the first time I've ever--


BRYAN POPIN: I've ever heard that.

I never get that.

EFREM GRAHAM: I'm sure you get it.

So where did this soul come from?

Because even watching you in church,

I mean, I feel like my grandmother

could have birthed you.

BRYAN POPIN: Isn't that funny?

Well, first of all, I didn't pick this color.

You know, I just somehow like poof!

Was here.

And I was like what is this?

No, I'm just--


BRYAN POPIN: No, It's the Holy Ghost, man, that's what it is.

No, I was--

I think you maybe are a product of your environment.

If you weren't brought up in church maybe

you might not know what church is.

And I've been brought up in church my whole life.

I've been in diverse churches.

I've been in African-American churches

where I'm like the only white boy.

And, you know, I just adapt and I connect

because my heart is in it.

I'm not trying to play something or be something.

This is who I am.

When I realized what I love, man I've

always admired soulful music, church music.

I've lived it I breathed it.

It's just me.



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