In 1992, (the same year he married Josie) at the age of 22 years old, Knolly raised $1800 in donations from friends and family and launched his first business, a magazine focused on the Christian hip hop scene. Out of that venture Grapetree Records was born, and it grew to become the #1 Christian Rap Label in the world, generating more than $150,000 per month.
After 10 successful years the music industry tanked and Knolly and his wife lost everything including their elegant 6,000 square foot home, executive office building, private recording studio and 10 acre paradise just outside Austin, TX.
In 2003, at the age of 33, and starting at rock bottom, the Lord once again blessed his endeavors. Knolly grew to become one of the Top 7 real estate agents in Austin, TX (ranked by Austin Business Journal out of more than 9,500 agents and based on actual production).
Knolly listed and sold more than 1000 houses during his first 10 years in the business, which placed him within the Top 1% of REALTORS in the United States.