Dear Group 1 Crew Family,
As many of you know, in July of this year, my husband and I welcomed a new member to our family - our baby boy London. I never thought someone so small could affect my life so much, but he has done just that. Our whole world has changed in so many ways. Prior to him arriving, I felt a transition coming in my life. It was as if the Lord had been preparing me not only for the birth of my child, but also for the birth of a brand new season. As I’ve wholeheartedly welcomed my son, I welcome this new season. No matter how scary it all may feel, I've never been more excited to trust the Lord with whatever he has in store for my life. Since I was a little girl, I’ve always dreamt of the moment when I’d get to fully share my heart and voice with the world, and I’m humbled that moment has finally arrived. So with that said, this letter is to announce that I will be stepping down from Group 1 Crew.
This decision did not come easy, but after months of prayer, we knew that it was the right one. It will be sad for me to leave the Group 1 Crew family, but I am confidant God is in this transition. Looking back, Group 1 Crew has been ten of the most amazing years of my life. When I first started with the group, I was a 17 year old new believer in Christ who was terrified of the stage. I will forever be grateful to the Lord for placing Manny and Pablo in my life at that time. They taught me so much about my identity in Christ and encouraged me to be confident in the voice that He has given me. We have so many great memories of everything God has done over this last decade. Having been given the privilege of making music, touring all over the world, and changing lives for Christ, was more than I could have ever dreamed of! I am SO THANKFUL for Group 1 Crew and all of you who have loved and supported us since the very beginning!
Though I am leaving the group, a beautiful part in all of this is that Group 1 Crew will be continuing on. Manwell will be leading the group into their new season, and will keep giving you that great music that we all love so much. The vision that we carried together for years, remains the same today, and I know Manwell is going to give his all in keeping that vision alive. I too will be making new music of my own, and cannot wait to share it with you. So many of you have been a part of my journey thus far. Whether it's been me, as the "new girl" in Christian Music, the death of my Father, marrying my best friend, or the birth of my son, you all have been there to walk through it with me. This new season will just be the next chapter in our book together. I pray that you will continue to support Manwell and I in our new endeavors.
As I reflect on my time in Group 1 Crew, I’m at peace knowing that if I’ve ever touched a life, brought someone hope, or turned someone to Jesus, I’ve done my part. I have given you the best that I have, and can promise that I will continue to do the same in this next chapter. If I've learned anything in this process, it's that life is all about walking out of what’s comfortable and into the unknown. When God has called you to something you can't be afraid to step out. It's in those moments that you are challenged the most, God can use you the most and you truly understand the meaning of trusting Him. I love you all so very much, and want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continual love, prayers and support!
Blanca E. Callahan
Congratulations to Group 1 Crew on their GMA Dove Awards nomination for Rap/Hip-Hop Song of the Year for “Dangerous."
The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be held on October 15 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, at 7:30pm CT. The show will be broadcast on the UP! Television Network on October 21 at 8pm ET.
CLICK HERE for a complete list of nominees.
Congrats to Blanca & Ben who welcomed a healthy baby boy, London Rey Callahan on Thursday, July 25 12:55 AM. Mom and baby are doing great!
As many of you may already know, I am pregnant with my first child. As of today, I am officially nine months! One of the most amazing things that I have experienced so far, was doing a 3D/4D Ultrasound, where we were able to see "Baby Callahan" in full effect. Ben & I can spend hours talking about who he will look like. Will he have my afro? Maybe Ben's blue eyes? We won't know until he is here, but this is the closest glimpse we have gotten. What do you guys think... Does he look like mommy or daddy?!
Enjoy the pics -
XOXO BlancaFiled under:
I'd be lying if I told you that the future doesn't scare me one bit. If I told you that I don't even flinch at the future cause I have so much faith, you could punch me in my face and say LIAR! LOL… I laugh at myself because I'm taking inventory of my life as I'm writing this blog and the crazy favor that the Lord has had on my life that has brought me to this very place and time, to this keyboard writing these very words. To think that I should've been dead with the life that I used to lead, but I'm not. I'm alive and well and beyond blessed! The history of my life should assure the future thoughts in my mind that life will truly be filled with favor and blessing. I'm sure there will be struggle and some tough blows, but nothing that should make me believe that it will over take me. I want you to take an inventory of your life and really think on it. If you're here reading this, and are able to process these words then friend you are blessed and highly favored. There are hundreds of thousands of people that didn't wake up to a new chance today. You did! Forget what you don't have and what you can't see. Think about what you do have and what has been done to keep you alive and well and with hope that things will change and get better. That life really is a wonderful thing! I never want to let my joy be found in what I can see. Forget my house, car, bank account, everything! Forget it all! Jesus let my joy rest in you daddy! Let it rest in the fact that your word have taken me this far not money or fame or any silly thing that people may put their stock into. I trust you and know that you will deliver me into your hands on that faithful day and that you'll deliver every person reading this that trusts in you. I love you all and pray that the unseen wouldn't scare you like it does me sometimes lol… but that we'd look at the future together holding hands staring into the sun with a smile on our face and the warmth of Jesus resting on our skin and we'd say, come what may we will praise you. Selah