An Interview with Sean ‘The Godchild’ Scales

By Wesley Chism Jr.
Updated: April 13, 2008

SEATTLE — I believe that it was the great philosopher Q-Tip from the group, A Tribe Called Quest that said it best, “record industry people are shady.” This is not limited to any particular genre of music.

The gospel music industry has a got a few characters running around too. At times it is hard to tell the difference between what is a Gospel song or R&B. I just don’t think that it should be that complicated.

It was a breath of fresh air to meet Sean “The Godchild” Scales of Columbus, Ohio. This guy plays the piano, drums and is a singer, songwriter and the Minister of Music at Man in Christ Ministries.

He has also produced for such artists as Keith Johnson, Montrel Derick, Tiffany Palmer and the list keeps growing.

“I call myself ‘the godchild’ because I knew early and decided to give myself to God and be a witness of how important that He has been in my life”, said Scales. “I hope to be able to and lead those that are searching back to him.”

“I belong to the Lord and my parents help me discover that early on in my life.”

It wasn’t always that simple. Sean was a serious basketball talent and played in several blue chip camps. At 6-feet-4 and with handles like an octopus, he was on the radar with many Division 1 schools.

“I came to a cross road in my life and my Coach helped make the decision easy”, Scales said. “When he came out on the court and cussed me out in front of God, my country, family and friends that was about it.”

It was at that time the decided to serve the Lord with all his talents and be a witness for him. Just turning 25 years old, the young man has some seasoning on him.

The title of his CD is called, “The Truth — Volume 1.” The sound is soulful, heart felt gospel music and you can hear him cry out for the Savior.

“It isn’t being an independent gospel recording artist and looking for the right situation to sign”, said Scales. “It’s hard doing it the right way but I’m not in any hurry.”

Speaking with Sean for any length of time and you will quickly see that this isn’t a gimmick. He is serious and has been committed to this journey for a long time.

“I remember getting up 5 a.m. to practice my instruments”, said Scales.I had equipment all over the house and it started to get out of hand. My father let me use one of his abandoned buildings to practice and the rest is history in the making.”

My favorite track on the CD is “You Owe It To Yourself.” Part of the lyrics state

“If you take just a little time out of your day getting to know Jesus, you may find out that you need him. You owe it to yourself.”

You can see the Godchild at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio on July 26th at 6pm. You can also check him out at right now on the Internet at

“It’s my goal to be a positive influence on other young people today and lead them back to the One that makes it all possible”, said Scales.

Take a minute and check out Sean “The Godchild” Scales, you owe it to yourself.