From the album "A Very Special Christmas 3" Produced by Jam Master Jay, Rev Run and Justine Simmons.
A&M Records, 1997.
Ward Simmons (born November 14, 1964), known by the stage name Run,
Rev. Run or DJ Run, is one of the founding members of the influential
hip hop group Run–D.M.C. He is also a practicing minister, known as
He found new popularity in 2005 with his family's MTV reality show Run's House.
Run–D.M.C., Simmons was the lead vocalist in the hip-hop group called
"The Force." He founded Run-D.M.C. as a lead vocalist along with friend
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels and the late DJ Jason "Jam-Master Jay" Mizell.
began using the stage name of "Rev. Run" after he was ordained as a
Pentecostal minister by E. Bernard Jordan, Simmons's spiritual mentor.
Jordan also named him "Protege of the Year Award" in 2004. The same day,
symbolic of his "Prosperity Ministry", there was a "Rolls Royce parade
outside the Plaza Hotel in New York City, "featuring Jordan's Phantom
Rolls Royce. The new $325,000 Phantom had been a gift from Reverend Run
as a "thank you" for Jordan's mentoring support.
His first work
as Rev. Run was a feature in the single "Song 4 Lovers" by UK pop band
Liberty X in September 2005. The music video for that song was directed
by Bill Schacht for Aestheticom and reached broadcast airplay chart
positions of No. 2 Box UK and No. 4 MTV UK with heavy rotation on 5
other music channels in the UK.
It was followed by his first solo
album, Distortion. The first single from the album, "Mind on the Road",
is featured in the EA Sports's Madden NFL 06 video game. "Mind on the
Road" uses samples from the song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll", in the
tradition of Run–D.M.C.'s 1980s hits which use samples like Aerosmith's
hit "Walk This Way".
In 2002, he appeared on a special "Rap Stars" edition of The Weakest Link, and was the third one voted off.
Run appeared on the MTV series Run's House, a reality show revolving
around his everyday life with his family, from 2005-2009.
2007, he appeared with his son Diggy Simmons on My Super Sweet 16 while
attending a 16th birthday party for Diddy's son, Quincy. Diddy is also
the producer of Run's House.
In 2008, Simmons and his wife
Justine teamed up with Kool-Aid and a non-profit organization called
KaBOOM! to help build playgrounds in underserved communities. With
Kool-Aid, they are helping to build twenty four playgrounds over the
course of 2008 and hope to raise awareness for the need for safe play
On August 5, 2008, Gotham Press published Simmons' book,
Take Back Your Family: A Challenge to America's Parents, co-authored by
his wife, Justine Simmons, and Chrisifer Morrow.
On September 8, 2007, Rev Run was honored as a BMI Icon at the annual BMI Urban Awards.
weekend of September 17 and 18 of 2011, Rev Run made a special guest
appearance at Bay Area Fellowship with Pastor Bil Cornelius in Corpus
Christi, Texas Bay Area Fellowship Church.
In October 2011, Rev
Run was a special guest of Fellowship Church based out of Grapevine,
Texas. Simmons has also created two other cable series, both of which
premiered in 2014; Rev Run's Renovation which runs on both the DIY
Network and HGTV, and Rev Run's Sunday Suppers for Cooking Channel.
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