Christian-Inspirational MC Michael Lewis better known as Tornado 4:18
is on a mission to bring souls to Christ. He is dedicated to the word and committed to spreading it.
Described as passionate, entertaining and thought-provoking. Tornado began his career as a secular artist.
One year later he began to rap for his school Arrow Child and family ministry.
He traveled to Texas on their behalf to perform at a foster care camp. Challenged to have a meaning to his name, he began reading the Bible more and came across a scripture. The scripture was Luke
4:18 which says:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, [a]
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed
and it was powerful to him"
Tornado, while in and out of mental health facilities, began to write
more. His early writings lacked focus but as he matured his writing
changed. Tornado continued his music career at St Ambrose Roman
catholic church, the church he grew up in. He became an Eagle scout
the first in his churches history and also the first in his troops
history sadly he would later lose his mentor.
He would later covert over and become a member of the St. John
experience a united Methodist congregation
He began to perform at local churches community events secular and
non- secular up and down the east coast sometimes with his younger
sister and brother. The churches and events liked what he had to say
and often invited him back.
Throughout his youth he had a few run ins with the law due to his
struggle with alcohol and lack of a father figure in his life (in
which years later he would reconnect). He would still be performing
while he struggled. The struggle included getting a dui and countless
other things which resulted in him spending one night and a weekend in
jail in Harford county and anne Arundel county. He would spend 1 year
on probation. During his probation he would do some soul searching
which led to him putting alcohol behind him. And he started to realize
his purpose was
to reach the lost
to teach the lost
to please the boss
at any cost
which later became his mission statement for his ministry team 4:18
Knowing he wasn't the best vocalist, Tornado was inspired by the
secular hip hop styles of Tupac Shakur, particularly the song “Keep
Your Head Up” to bring his thoughts and feelings into a lyrical
format. Going through personal trials of his own, the song spoke to
Tornado and inspired him to strengthen his relationship with the Lord
and link his own ministry to hip hop. Having favorites in both the
Popular music and Gospel music scenes, Tornado credits Michael Jackson
for inspiring his performance style. He also lists contemporary
Christian artists such as Kirk Franklin, Donnie McKlurkin and secular
artist such as Black Eyed Peas and Tupac Shakur. Also influencing his
music Baltimore artist Russ Shanks. A noted fan favorite, Tornado 4:18
has performed at many churches and community events in the
Mid-Atlantic area. He has also traveled to many different states
including Kansas and new York just to name a few.