(Interview) Jabari Johnson Talks new single “A Fixed Fight,” Working at The Potter’s House, And Being Mentored by Todd Dulaney
Stellar Award-winning gospel artist Jabari Johnson always knew he wanted to be a singer. According to his mom, he started singing at the age of three and hasn’t stopped.
His talent has already earned him the Best New Artist award at the 2019 Stellars. Now he hopes to build on his success with his new single “Fixed Fight,” which was released last week and features Krystal Broussard.
Ambo TV recently caught up with Johnson to discuss his new single and why he believes it is the perfect song as the world battles COVID-19. For Johnson, the song serves as a reminder that we are already victorious.
“The main thing for me–yeah buy the song, yeah listen to it, but I want you to really believe it,” Johnson shared. “I want you to believe that the situation we’re facing right now with the pandemic, the end of the road is always victory…If you walk at the end of the road, you will always be victorious.”
Recorded live in October 2019, Johnson stated that “Fixed Fight” started as a “vibe”. The moment happened last July while he was in Louisiana at a conference. The words came spontaneously at the end of his performance of “Have Your Way.”
“I was there singing. We were singing ‘Have Your Way,” and at the end, it was just a vibe. And we just starting singing “It’s a fixed fight and we already won.’” Johnson stated. “I was like yo, this is a vibe…I’m going to have to write to this.”
“Fixed Fight” is the first single on Johnson’s new project, which is scheduled to be released sometime later this year. The energetic singer did not want to give away too many spoilers on what listeners can expect. However, he did reveal exclusively to Ambo TV that he collaborated on a song with gospel artist Tye Tribitt, who is one of his mentors in the business.
Johnson considers both Tribett and Todd Dulaney, another phenomenal American gospel, as inspirational figures. Johnson referred to Dulaney as a “big brother.”
“He’s always been a big support to my career and ministry…you don’t find people that are like that,” he said when describing Dulaney.
When Jabari isn’t vibing out during performances as a solo artist, he serves as the lead guitarist of The Potter’s House of Dallas under the leadership of Bishop T.D. Jakes. Johnson originally started as a substitute musician, but his impressive work helped him to receive a job offer.
He admitted that he didn’t accept the opportunity at first remembering, “I let that email sit in my inbox for three weeks because I was scared.” However, after noticing his bills piling up and giving the opportunity some thought, he decided to accept it.
Ultimately, Johnson views himself as more than a gospel artist. He aspires to work with an eclectic list of artists ranging from bethel music to the rap group Migos.
“Fixed Fight” is available on all streaming platforms and where music is sold.
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