08 Sep Featured Artist: RJ Griffith
Ramone Javon Griffith, known professionally as RJ Griffith, is an inspirational Chicago singer-songwriter who is ready to use his powerful voice to touch the world by song. RJ grew up in Bellwood, IL, a suburb located 13 miles west of Chicago’s downtown Loop, and was thrown into the spotlight at an early age sharing the role of Jefferson Albert Tibbs with his twin brother Julian (alongside Keanu Reeves and Michael B. Jordan) in the movie Hardball. Although he enjoyed the experience and landed additional acting roles in many plays and musicals, including playing the Tin Man in The Wiz, RJ soon discovered that his voice was his true talent and decided to concentrate more on his music.
Inspired by the likes of Michael Jackson, James Brown, Luther Vandross and Jamie Foxx, RJ’s passion for singing earned him a collegiate choir scholarship. It also inspired him to become a Worship Leader at his church, performing in front of thousands of people each week. RJ continues to perform at church, but in October of 2016 he decided to start creating his own music with the release of his first ever EP, Prey. Prey quickly earned praise from his peers and was recognized by multiple press outlets and online radio stations including Urban Gospel Music, Nonstop Radio, This is 50 and Sleeping Bag Studios. Sleeping Bag Studios reviewed the EP and had this to say after listening, “Griffith has found all kinds of ways to win through the innovative approach he takes to his material – I dig it!” The fourth song off of the EP, “Haunted By My Past,” was also selected to be in the independent film The Assumptions, which premiered on February 27, 2017 in Palm Springs, CA.
With the success of Prey, RJ didn’t keep his fans waiting long, releasing a three song Valentine’s Day EP titled Direction four months later. Direction was well-received and his music caught the attention of National Recording Gospel Group Zion’s Joy. Soon after in August of 2017, RJ joined the group as a lead tenor and is currently touring with them across the country while continuing to pursue his solo career; stops thus far have included Nashville, New Orleans, Dallas and Indianapolis, highlighted by being selected to open for Deitrick Haddon and Jekalyn Carr at the East Coast Gospel Summit in Baltimore. RJ also recently made his national television debut with the group during the performance of their new single “What Would Heaven Look Like” on the Mike Huckabee show.
With a full slate of performing with Zion’s Joy, at his church and solo gigs, RJ took a short break from creating new music, but has recently been spending a lot of time in the studio working on his new album, Good Day. The planned release of the full album is early 2019, but he recently unveiled the first single, the title track, “Good Day,” on January 12, 2018. “Good Day” has since been put into radio rotation on Rejoice 102.3 Chicago, 106.3 Chicago’s R&B and was recently featured on ABC 7 News Chicago. Continue to be on the lookout for the release of new singles throughout the year, as RJ works on bringing the world his best project yet!