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 to Saint Joseph’s College (Rensselaer, IN) and soon after, an invitation to perform in front of thousands of people each week at his church. RJ loved the feeling of performing and inspiring people through music, which before long motivated him to start creating and putting his own spin on upbeat music that everyone could vibe to and be inspired by.
RJ’s solo career officially began when he released his first ever solo project, an EP, titled Prey in October of 2016. Prey quickly earned praise from his peers and was recognized by multiple press outlets including 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 love song EP titled Direction four months later. Direction was well-received, and soon after the release his voice caught the attention of National Recording Music 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 in Baltimore. RJ also made his national television debut with the group on July 14, 2018 on the Huckabee show.
With a full slate of performing and also running his Positive Vibes Only event for Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana 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. RJ is currently putting the finishing touches on his new EP, so be sure to keep an eye out for a release date soon!