Ramone Javon Griffith, known professionally as RJ Griffith, is an R&B 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 as a young child appearing in advertisements, commercials and even shared a role with his twin brother in the movie Hardball. Although he enjoyed those experiences and landed additional acting roles during his teen and college years, RJ soon realized that his singing voice was the reason he was selected for many of these roles and decided to shift his focus on improving as a vocalist.
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 at Saint Joseph’s College (IN). 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 released his first ever solo project, an EP, titled Prey. Prey quickly earned praise from his peers and was recognized by multiple press outlets 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., and in 2019 the production team of the motion picture Canal Street, creatively collaborated with RJ on his music video for the third song off of the EP titled “God Bless Our Enemies.”
With the success of Prey, RJ didn’t keep his fans waiting long, dropping a three song Valentine’s Day EP titled Direction four months later. Direction was well-received, and soon after the release his voice caught the attention of National Recording Gospel Group Zion’s Joy. In August of 2017 it became official, RJ joined Zion’s Joy as a lead tenor and toured with the group across the country while continuing to pursue his solo career; tour stops included Nashville, New Orleans, Dallas, Jacksonville and Indianapolis, highlighted by being selected to open for Deitrick Haddon and Jekalyn Carr at the East Coast Gospel Summit in Baltimore. RJ also made his national television debut with the group on July 14, 2018 during a performance of their most recent single “What Would Heaven Look Like” on the Mike Huckabee show.
With a full slate of performing with Zion’s Joy, his church and solo gigs while also running his Positive Vibes Only event for Chicagoland youth, 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 EP, A Good Day. The planned release of the full EP is fall of 2019, but he 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 featured on ABC 7 News Chicago. The songs positive message also helped earn RJ recent invites to speak at the POP (Project Outreach & Prevention) on Youth Violence Fundraiser, the Developing a Better You Annual Teen Conference, multiple Obama Foundation events, school assemblies and anti-bullying conferences. 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!