[dropcap]G[/dropcap]riffin is an Alabama bred songwriter and recording artist whose introspective perspective shines through the smooth and entrancing sound of his music. He began his journey at the tender age of 10 in the same fashion as many of the great soul artists that came before him, in the church. He performed his gospel raps all around his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama until the age of 12 when he decided to make strides towards a more secular musical journey. At the age of 15, he competed against Mick Jenkins in a competition called “Who Got Bars?” in which they both were selected to perform in the finals. It was this moment that made Griffin’s name known in his hometown, Huntsville. Since the competition, Griffin has consistently grinded to make a name for himself in the music industry.
The 22-year-old enthralling musician has an edgy, yet imaginative sound that promotes the ambition of self-discovery in all his listeners. Griffin makes music for the individual. He strives to be a savior for the lonely, a boost of confidence for the insecure, and an example for the dreamers. His innovative sound, laid back personality, and appreciation for the power of the mind make him an artist that could take rap to new heights.
Griffin has a superlative personality, an alluring charm and a work ethic that is indisputable. He is simply designed for success and someone I look forward to watching prosper. Don’t miss out on a brilliant artist!
Get To Really Know Griffin
Who would you say are your biggest influences in music?
It’s really hard to try to pin it down to my biggest influencers because I feel there have been so many different “top” influencers at different stages of my life, and they were all equally as important. But if I did have to pin it down, I would say pretty much all of Motown’s discography, Phil Collins, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Frank Ocean, Queen, Kanye West, Donald Glover, Drake, and so many more artists, honestly.
How would you describe your style?
Eclectic. It can feel really dreamy, theatrical and imaginative at times, but also very groovy, sexy, and confident at others. My goal is for my music to bring back the essence of Motown to the music industry but with a modern, progressive feel. I’m also a big fan of rock ballads so that influences me to make my songs very big, yet simple.
How do you feel about being compared to other artists who may, at first listen, seem to share a similar sound?
I don’t really face that sort of the thing too often. I’ve put a lot of time into developing a sound that was unique to me. If someone were to compare me to anyone of my peers I would just assume they don’t listen to my music, at least thoroughly. So I guess I don’t really feel a way about it.
Tell me something that most people wouldn’t know about you.
Most people don’t know that I’m a black belt in Taekwondo. Former national champion to be exact (chuckle). My first year in school I ended up living down the hall from a kid I fought in the final round of the Junior Olympics in like ‘05. Small world.
If you could only listen to three artists for the rest of your life, who would it be?
Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Drake.
What’s next moves for Griffin?
For now I want to continue to push out great singles like “Lord I…” while I’m still in production of my next project, “Letters” which will be released when it’s ready. Continue pushing out content. Continue connecting with my existing fans while reaching new ones, touring, all while experiencing life to the fullest. Everything else is a secret for now, so be expecting to hear and see a lot more about Griffin in the very near future.
Griffin featured image photographed by Jaidah Sizer