Tell us yourself and how you got started in this music industry?
Glenn Johnson and The Voices of Innerpeace(VIP) community choir was formed in 1988. Glenn Johnson and VIP was the first featured guest on Effie Rolfe's New Artist Showcase.The first project, Praise Report, was recorded live at Mt. Sinai Institutional Baptist Church in North Chicago IL.Glenn Johnson and VIP's second project was recorded live at Prayer Garden COGIC North Chicago IL. We have received the following awards:
2016-Zeta Gospel Awards recipient, "Group of the Year"
2017- 2x Rhythm of Gospel Awards recipient, "Artist of The Year" and "Best Performance by Choir/ Director" 2018- 2x Voices of Gospel Awards recipient, "Traditional Choir of The Year" and "Gospel Choir of The Year" 2019- IRAA Awards recipient "Album of The Year" GREATNESS.
What is your mission/calling to do with your music?
The choir is committed to the utilization of God-given gifts to promote Kingdom building. Glenn Johnson and VIP has become synonymous with a commanding stage presence and technical excellence. The sound is unmistakably unique while continuing to bless audiences with their versatility in the presentation of urban, contemporary, traditional, praise & worship, and inspirational music.
Tell us about your new single and how it felt seeing it do very well on the charts?
Our newest single, "Favor" has been received very well. I have enjoyed the reaction family and friends who have been encouraging us for years. Favor was written by myself, produced by Michael Taylor & Rodney Taylor; Keys/Organ, Michael Taylor; Bass, Derrick Hearne; Drums, David Chiverton; Guitar, Ethan Ridings; Horns/arrangements, Melvin Jones; featuring vocalist Tongela Wingard-Greene.
What things do you like and dislike about in Christian music industry and things you like see get better?
I would like to see more emphasis placed on educating independent artists on the workings of the christian music industry. That would be most helpful. I would like to hear gospel/ Christian music played more on mainstream radio stations on Sunday mornings that will bring back choir music.
Who is in the industry that you would love to work with?
I would love to work with Percy Bady and to continue working with Michael Taylor and Rodney Taylor.
What advice would you give a upcoming artist?
The best advice I have ever been given is to "never give up."
What artists in the music business that inspires you?
I am inspired, of course, by Glenn Johnson and VIP, as well as Walt Whitman and Ricky Dillard.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The impact of social media has allowed me to stay connected with friends and family and former
students who have moved to different parts of the country.
What is the best advice you've been given?
I would advise any up and coming artists to "find your voice" and to "use your God-given gifts."
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I would like to see more emphasis placed on educating independent artists on the workings of the christian music industry. That would be most helpful. Providing more platforms of exposure for independent and unsigned artists is paramount in the industry.
Whats next for Glenn Johnson and the Voices of Interpeace
Upcoming for Glenn Johnson and VIP is the completion of our Junior and Senior projects and to explore more opportunities for Kingdom and community building.