I call myself G.W.P. it stands for God’s Warrior Prazin’ It’s the stage name God gave me when he saved me. He changed my name just like he did some of the other people in the bible when He changed them. I grew up hating my given name…”Roger” until the Lord showed me what it means. The name Roger actually means “God’s Warrior”. The Word says if you are in Christ you are a new creature. The Lord not only changes you from sinner to saint but he completely changes who you were all the way down to your character. He changed Saul to Paul, He changed Abram to Abraham. Well, He did the same thing to me. He changed me from who I was to who I am now. I was born and raised in Gary, IN. Home of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and all the rest of them Jacksons. Anyway, I’ve played and sung music all my life It’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do and I tried to make a career out of it my whole life but with little success.
I lived in South Bend IN for several years. There I met a young man who has become one of my best friends, named Anthony Gullens aka TSwang and we formed a group called NINE. That was the best group of people I’ve ever worked with. We had the distinction of being the first local group to get airplay in regular rotation on what was the first urban radio station in the area, WSMK 99.1.
I believe the Lord has been calling me all my life but I chose to ignore Him and do my own thing, not smart, cause if God wants you He’s gonna get you, remember Jonah? I gave my life to the Lord in 1995, and let myself get into some bad situations that caused me to “go through” as they say for about 3 years, but I was a baby Christian and didn’t know what I didn’t know, you know? In 1999 I got a call that changed my life forever. A friend called me to tell me that my mother had died in a fire in the house I grew up in. Well prior to this happening God had given me a vision of me moving back home, (to Gary, IN) and I told Him no I wasn’t going… Yup, I told the creator of the universe … NO… ?!!! Guess where I went back to? I’m on a different path now than when I was in the world. No longer self serving. My goal is to see people saved, learn more and more about how to live this life the way God intended, and teach that to others.
I used to think this music God gives me was only for young people; but after the responses that it gets from many age groups, I believe that it is for whosoever will receive it. I try to make what I do a conglomeration of jazz, r&b, funk, soul, rock, hip hop, & even a little church music in an effort to reach people. ( That IS what the Word says be all things to all men, so that some might be saved). My last CD is called THERE’S NO TIME IN HEAVEN and the new project in the works is called I.M.N.U
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