Mineo invited our assistant publisher, Allison Willingham, onto his tour bus to chat about his love of music and performing before he took the stage in front of a packed audience.
The conversation quickly turned deep, though, when we asked Mineo about a rumor online that he had helped start a church.
“I did, yeah. I moved to New York City about 10 years ago, and while I was there, I actually…when I left college, I was homeless for awhile,” Mineo admitted. A pastor gave him a place to stay, and in turn, Mineo helped him establish a church.
Mineo said he eventually got his own apartment and allowed the church to hold meetings in his home. Eventually, his involvement impressed the owner of a local boxing gym, who allowed the church to host worship services on Sundays.
“It’s still a thriving church in New York City…it’s a a really organic movement in New York of young people who are exploring their faith,” said Mineo, who eventually tried his own skills out as a preacher.
Mineo brought energy and inspiration to his performance using trap, EDM, and hip-hop beats and swift raps. For a look back at what you missed, check out this video clip from Mineo’s performance at Music Farm.