A mix of gospel and R&B from deejay, PAUL 'JAMMIN' JOHNSON from London
One of the most respected jocks playing gospel music on an R&B tip is veteran Londoner Paul Johnson. The 36-year-old started deejaying again two years ago having been behind the decks in his youth. He sees a vast improvement to the quantity and quality of music available to a deejay. "It used to be all Pentecostal, traditional stuff - there was nothing to catch youth. Today it's the R&B sounds that dominate and they're so good that non-Christians can really get into the stuff."
Paul should know as his current residency is at the Blue Jays wine bar in West Norwood where many a non-Christian comes for a meal and drink and finds, to their surprise, they are being bombarded with a torrent of hot cuts from the Winans, NuJoi, Commissioned, Terry Garmon and dozens more. As well as Paul behind the decks, Blue Jays also often feature PAs from local gospel singers and rappers. I asked Paul whether his church approved of his regular visits to the wine bar? "Absolutely. I go to the Rhema Fellowship in Upper Norwood and a lot of church members have been down to check me out. And recently my pastor held a party for all his workers and I played at the party. It went down really well."
When not deejaying Paul works as a manager of a large London printer. As well as his residency he also takes part in larger sanctified dance events, like the recent bash at Roller City where over 300 gospel fans skated to the sounds played by Dave P, Andy Payne, the Vinyl Preacher and Paul. He also manages to squeeze in some weddings and christenings. But as far as Paul is concerned, all his bookings are an opportunity to minister.
"I might slip in an occasional secular track by somebody like Brandy but it's gospel I do and gospel I'm booked for. I'm sure this music touches people. Christian music is getting more and more out there and reaching places it never reached before. I've heard of cases of people getting saved in discos and nightclubs. It's fantastic the opportunities God is opening up now."The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.