Joshua Rogers, hailed as BET's Sunday Best season five winner from the small town of Greeleyville, SC, looks to his future of new music and expanding his brand. Rogers speaks about his musical influences, developing his sound and sharing his story in a telephone interview on April 8. Joshua is an example of a young man living out his dreams in a world where youth are partaking of other elements instead of God.
Joshua's vocals belie his age. At the age of 18, he was catapulted into the Gospel music stratosphere being one of the last contestants with runner up Alexis Spight. Little did he know, within a few months time he was traveling the nation testifying of God's love through song. He credits Shirley Caesar and Vickie Winans as his early Gospel music influences. In a household where his grandmother would not allow "blues" to be sung, Joshua in his senior year of high school began listening to other genres of music.
During season five of Sunday Best, Joshua sang many songs that conveyed his "old soul" such as, Andrae Crouch's "We Expect You" and not to be pigeon-holed in one style of Gospel music he performed urban contemporary songs "God In Me", originally sung by Mary Mary, and "In The Middle" by Isaac Carree. Releasing his own album, he was able to have some creative control and wanted to stretch his sound, which gave way to his song "Unconditional". Now Joshua is back in the studio readying his sophomore album which will be released in the near future.
Having an entrepreneurial mind, Rogers is expanding his brand to a new line of custom made tee shirts. He's joined forces with the company, 22 Collectives, which specializes in creating outerwear with the message of hope. There are several messages to choose from, including Joshua's own custom tees, or you can create your own. Joshua is building on his musical foundation and showing the world that being young and having wisdom can sometimes happen at the same time.