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Finding Success As An Independent Gospel Artist


Success does not look the same for everyone. It is almost impossible to compare your experience as an independent artist to that of another. Each person’s journey takes a different path. There are no hard and fast rules to follow but there’s a lot to be said about being a humble and teachable spirit. When you show humility, people will feel compelled to help you and not even know why. God’s favor will always open unimaginable doors.

But the time it can take to see tangible results definitely is not for the faint of heart. Patience is not only a virtue it is a necessity for anyone seeking a career as an independent gospel artist.

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their Strength…They shall mount up with wings as Eagles…. Isaiah 40:31

In 2011, Javon Inman released his debut album HEART OF A WORSHIPER earning him 13 music awards. Having written over 200 songs with his music playing on over 50 stations across the U.S., the U.K, Africa and Caribbean islands, Javon is clear about his Kingdom purpose. He is ecstatic for the world to hear his latest single “Love Covers [ft. Music Society]” from his sophomore album AGAPE EROS.

 “Love Covers” featuring Music Society introduced simply as “his brothers” demonstrates Javon’s willingness to put God first and others in the forefront.  Just watch how he positions himself to be in the background of his own project.

Matthew 5:5 (NLT) God blesses those who are humble for they will inherit the whole earth.

CFU: How long have you been writing music?

JI: I have been writing songs for over 20 years.  I wrote my first song for a singing group I was in when I was 16.

CFU: What do you consider your big break?

JI: In full transparency, I am not sure if I can point to one particular moment in my journey as a “big break,” but rather a series of true God-moments that have sharpened and led me to this place. The first time I ministered on The Word Network in March 2013 was incredible. Placing 3rd at the Radio One, Praise 103.9 FM “Best Inspirational Singer in America” national competition in Philadelphia, PA in front of judges James FortuneFred Hammond, Kurt Carr and Kerry Douglas was a moment I’ll treasure forever.
Having my first gospel album Heart of a Worshiper win a distribution contract with Central South Distribution was mind-blowing. And most recently, performing my new single ‘Love Covers’ LIVE at Sirius XM with an Easter Resurrection Weekend Special Guest Takeover on Kirk Franklin’s Praise Channel 64 was astounding!

CFU: How do you sustain yourself in between “gigs?”

JI: Spiritually, I spend a lot of time in God’s presence, reading the Word and in prayer.  Financially, I am an IT Professional and have been for over 20 years. My music purpose is to write the music in God’s heart for the world. However, until I am able to provide for my family on income received solely from music, I will use Godly wisdom, pay my mortgage, and feed my family by remaining in my IT career!

CFU: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

JI: The best piece of advice I received was from my grandmother who is resting with Jesus now. She told me, “Stay in God’s Word.” The rollercoaster of life has definitely taken me on a few rides that left me dazed, broken and scarred. It was the scriptures and God’s presence that brought me through each time.

CFU: As an indie artist what cautionary piece of advice would you share with would-be artists?

JI: Wait patiently on the Lord! Promotion comes from the Lord and His timing (and His process) is always perfect. Being an independent artist is awesome, but it is a lot of work.  You have to be willing to sacrifice resources and your time. I would caution artists to be wary of any platform or individual that promises instant success.

Unfortunately, music business professionals often prey upon artists who are “thirsty” and will seek to take advantage of them. If an artist doesn’t have a relationship with the Holy Spirit, and can’t discern truth from manipulation, they’ll end up getting duped.



2 thoughts on “Finding Success As An Independent Gospel Artist

  1. What are the proper procedures in getting an independent artist music to play on the radio

    1. Each radio station usually has its own process. I’d say get familiar with the station’s format. Make sure they are indie-friendly, meaning you hear more than just mainstream artists played. Check to make sure that the station is accepting music submissions. Some stations do not accept unsolicited music at all. It’s usually best to approach a Program Director or some other member of the staff directly involved in the airplay selection process do not assume it is the DJ, because oftentimes they are not the decision makers.

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