Birth name : Andy Mineo
Also known as : C-Lite
Born April 17, 1988 (age 26)
Syracuse, New York
Genres : Christian hip hop, hip hop
Occupation(s) : Rapper, singer, producer, music video director, minister
Years active : 2001–present
Labels : Trace, Marshall Street, Reach
Associated acts : 116 Clique, Fat Camp
Website : andymineo.com
Andy Mineo, former stage name C-Lite, is an American Christian hip hop artist, producer, minister, TV and music video director from New York City. He is currently signed to Reach Records and in addition to his solo work is a member of that label’s hip hop collective 116 Clique.
Originally from Syracuse, Mineo worked as a producer in high school in Upstate New York, and joined the hip-hop group Fat Camp, signed to Syracuse University’s Marshall Street Records. After moving to New York City, he realized his weak spiritual condition, re-dedicated his life to Christ and closed down his production studio in order to restart his career. He released his first mixtape Sin is Wack in 2009. After providing hook vocals for the song “Background” by Lecrae from the album Rehab, he collaborated with other rappers. In 2011, he released the single “In My City”, featuring Efrain from Doubledge, that also gained him more attention. He appeared on the song “Reverse” by Tedashii from Blacklight. He signed to Reach Records in 2011 and abandoned his stage name “C-Lite” in favor of his legal name. Under this name he released another mixtape, Formerly Known. His full-length studio album, Heroes for Sale, was released on April 16, 2013. On January 28, 2014, he released an EP titled Never Land.
His video and television work includes his creation of “Saturday Morning Car-Tunez”, a four-part web series in which Mineo portrayed himself and remixed classic hip-hop songs, and his co-direction of several of his own music videos. As a producer, his work includes tracks from his self-releases “In My City”, Formerly Known, Saturday Morning Car-Tunez, and Heroes for Sale. He also produced the single “Destiny” by Sheena Lee, in which he was a featured performer, and, along with rapper Derek Minor, aided DJ Official in producing “Power Trip” by Lecrae, featuring Andy Mineo, Derek Minor, and Sho Baraka, from the album Gravity. Gravity won the Best Gospel Album category in the 2013 Grammy Awards.