“Thank You”Rufus JohnsonMiddle Boy Media (release date: July 19, 2020) By Robert M. Marovich Rufus Johnson, a native of Richmond, Virginia, expresses his gratitude to God on “Thank You” with a pocketful of shoulder-shaking beats and an R&B melody that is as fresh as right now. Johnson’s gratefulness for making it through the rough patches serves as the backdrop of this compelling, memorable, and expertly-produced song. Simple and effective in delivering its message. A Stellar-nominated singer-songwriter and music educator, Rufus Johnson was once a member of the male gospel group G.I. He co-wrote and sang on two of the group’s ...Read More »
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Click on the image above to begin streaming the program. Episode 119 Playlist: God is making a change – Endurance Just fine – Mama Sheila feat. Bryan Andrew Wilson Amazing Grace party – Tim Bowman feat. Tim Bowman Jr. Just like you – Free Will Trust in God – G.I. Without love – Chris Jasper Grateful – Ted Winn I’ve got to win – Tonya Lewis Taylor Changed – Endurance feat. Joe Ligon We cry holy – Higher Vision Be thou my vision – Camille Nelson feat. Alex Sharpe Benediction – Paula Boggs Band I’m ...Read More »
G.I. Winning BGA Records / Shanachie (release date: September 8, 2017) www.shanachie.com By Bob Marovich Depending on your political point of view, “winning” can be a timeless mantra or a creepy coded message. For Richmond, Virginia’s G.I., however, winning is not a political football but a forgone conclusion. Just believe. With God, they sing, it’s already done. For you. Comprised of Branden Anderson, Lamonte Harris, and Rufus Johnson III, G.I. (aka God’s Image) is a harmony trio that falls somewhere between a modern quartet and a gospel group. Surrounding themselves with electronica, trap, hip hop, R&B, and other elements of urban ...Read More »
“Something Got a Hold of Me” GI (God’s Image) BGA Music Group 2008 www.gods-image.com Vocoder meets B3 in this modern cover of James Cleveland’s 1960 classic, “Something’s Got a Hold On Me.” Back in James’ day, with Rev. Charles A. Craig and Detroit’s Voices of Tabernacle, the arrival of the Holy Ghost produced frenetic piano chording and excited hand clapping. In GI’s version, the church stands up and the choir does the “church walk,” really a full-body strut, an urbane variation on the holy dance. You know it when you see it. Yes, I realize that “Get Up” is GI’s ...Read More »