Fantasia's quote, "I take God everywhere I go" comes to mind when I think about gospel's next big sensation, Joshua Rogers. Rogers, Sunday Best season 5 winner (2012), is ready to show the world his gifts and talents as a gospel singer. He is more than grateful that he won the competition, but he says, "give all praise and honor to God." At 19, Rogers plans to share a message that will give other young adults hope about growing closer to God. He knows that the road is not easy, but when God is on your side, he makes everything worthwhile. Check out our interview with the emerging superstar!
Inspiration: I've been singing most of my life. I love music; I started singing in church at a young age and I tried out for Sunday Best and look where I am at today [laughs]. Simon scared me on American idol and I really want to sing gospel music. My heart is in gospel music. I love different kinds of music, but I get to do the things I want to do as a gospel artist.
Sunday Best judges: It was an amazing experience working with Kim Burrell, Yolanda Adams, and Donnie McClurkin. Kim Burrell is my favorite and I learned so much from her. She is really a blessing, gifted, and talented. I also had a conversation with Kirk Franklin and he told me to enjoy the ride. You are blessed with an opportunity that most people dream about in my lifetime.
Favorite Gospel song: Kim Burrell's song, "Yes to Your Will," because the message to the song is so powerful. You have no choice but to love the song. God’s will is the only way, no one else and it's like you're saying, "yes father, your will, your way." It shows your obedience to God.
Reaction as Sunday's Best: It was hard to describe, I don't know what to say but I was in shock. I was the youngest; it was just awesome. It was just great; I thank God for using me as a resource and allowing his light to shine on me. It was a blessing.
After Sunday Best: Going to the studio after the show and the song, "unconditional" was made. It was great working with the producers. I learned so much about recording a song that would be relatable to people.
Misconceptions about gospel music: Gospel music is not all about singing original hymns and traditional songs. It’s apart of your roots but there's more to it. Gospel music is in a whole new spectrum and you have to give it a chance. Gospel music allows people to get in tuned with their relationship through praise and worship. I continue to encourage other young adults to work on their relationship with God and it will pay off.
Young adult singers battling flesh vs. spirit: Know and realize that you're going to make mistakes. But the key is to get back up. You may struggle but you don't have to stay in that place. Don’t come into the mindset [of] giving up and beating yourself up. Temptation is all around us but you just have to stand on solid ground. That's the whole message on my album; God's mercy, love, forgiveness, and accepting us despite our faults. That’s why it’s so wonderful. You just have to keep walking still.
Expectations: You can expect great music from me. I’m all about having fun and recording great music for people. I am young a kid who loves God, music, and singing. I am just a good person to be around.
Words of encouragement: Never give up! No matter what you go through, don't give up. You may come across obstacles and stumbling blocks but hold on to God's unchanging hand. You have to go through things to get to the highest mountain and fulfill your destiny. No matter how old you are, you have to put God first.