Tonex has once again split from his label Zomba Music Group. It has been a very controversial month for Tonex and hearing this news today, really doesn’t help Tonex.
Nearly 3 months after re-signing with Zomba Gospel Group, the label has released controversial gospel artist Tonex from their roster of artists.
In a statement given this Monday, the label cites the reason for the split as “Tonex’s decision to move in an artistic direction outside the scope of gospel music.”
Tonex left the label last year allegedly over lack of payment, but returned this Spring after issues were resolved.
This dismissal interrupted the anticipated release of the CD Stereotype: Steel & Velvet.
A dark cloud has been looming over the artist lately as reports from various sources claim he is not a good representation of the Body of Christ, speculation about his sexuality and general malaise toward his persona as an entertainer.
A video response to his critics was posted on Youtube.com last week In it, Tonex, who also pastors at a San Diego Church, used several curse words and the “n” word. In light of these comments, Spread the Word a Christian radio program airing on KJLH-FM in Los Angeles addressed the subject via “From Praised to Profanity.”
On his Myspace site he goes by the moniker “Black Maverick,” one who expresses their thoughts independently. Prior to rejoining Zomba, Tonex was producing music on Nureau Ink, having full creative license. It remains to be seen if this independent thinker can make it on his own in the musical genre he prefers.
Saints we need to truly pray for Tonex and let him know that we need him to walk in his gift until the Father returns; the body of Christ needs him, and we love him. We can’t allow the devil to take one of our own and leave him out in the world wounded. So saints lets all rise up again’st the devil and let him know, if he messes with one of the body of Christ he messes with all of the body of Christ.