The Pentatonix singer known worldwide for his beatboxing skills has launched a faith-based podcast, saying he wants to help listeners become Daniel-like leaders for God in their sphere of influence.
Kevin Olusola, the beatboxer for the three-time Grammy Award-winning group, launched the podcast Imagine Faith Talk in April with his co-host and friend, Donovan Dee Donnell, an author, life coach and entrepreneur.
In each episode, Olusola and Donnell dive into the Bible for faith-based conversations about what they call "faith-based success."
"When I came to the music industry with Pentatonix, one of the things I noticed was that I didn't have a lot of people to talk to about how do you try to do what you're called to do within an industry that's not necessarily built for the Christian," Olusola told Christian Headlines. "So as I continued going, I realized there were other Daniels out in this world."
The Old Testament leader Daniel, Olusola noted, was taken captive in Babylon and learned the rituals of the Babylonians, but he "still remains true to the one true God."
"And not only does he do that, but he also becomes a leader out of 120 leaders because of the excellent Spirit that was found in him," Olusola said.
The podcast is the product of a pre-pandemic Bible study that Olusola launched in Los Angeles. That's where he met Donnell.
"He ended up helping me work on the Bible study," Olusola said.
After attending the Bible study, a friend, Kory Nelson, suggested that Olusola and Donnell launch a faith-based podcast.
One goal of the podcast, Olusola, is to help people "optimize" their performance.
"Faith and works are necessary together. Faith without works is dead. Faith with weak works, if you will, is futile. So how do we optimize the work that we can do -- time management, productivity, clarity, these things that if you're trying to be in the world and you have to perform well, how do you maximize those things within the uniqueness that God has given you specifically?"
Olusola compared the Christian community to an orchestra with many different parts.
"I'm not trying to be an oboe if God has called me to be a French horn. I'm supposed to be the best French hornist that I can be, so that my frequency when I play – it gets to the sphere of influence that God has called for me … to reach. So that's why we want people to optimize their faith and their works – to be able to be the best for God."
Olusola's Christian faith, he said, has helped him stay grounded during the group's success. He grew up in a Christian home in Owensboro, Ky.
"Whenever I garner accolades," he said, "the glory goes to God."
Photo courtesy: ©Imagine Faith Talk
Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.