By Sheila Curry-Campbell
Special to Frost Illustrated
FORT WAYNE—I’m pleased to announce the best kept secret here in Fort Wayne. Let’s celebrate artist Johnny Magg nee John Weaver.
Known for his worship-filled style and stunning vocal range, the Fort Wayne-based singer/songwriter recently released his latest Gospel CD “What About Me.” Check it out! This CD has a fresh new sound, arrangements, and faith-based lyrics, that would be categorized as R&B, funk, and soul gospel. Not only will you enjoy the different music mixes, but also the story each song tells.
Weaver is a seasoned musician with more than 40 years of experience. He created his stage name from his mother (Magg) Margaret and father (Johnny) John to honor them.
Weaver said he got his start as a musician at an early age.
“I fell in love with music around the age of five and have been singing since then. I started playing the saxophone in the seventh grade, and later played in local bands, mostly in horn sections and background singing.” Weaver said.
While in the Army, and stationed in Germany, Weaver joined a band called Mellow Madness, where he sang and played in the horn section. After returning to the states, Weaver went to Detroit College of Business receiving his bachelor’s degree, but all along still was trying to bring out the music inside of him.
Accepting Jesus at the age of 10, Weaver said he always enjoyed gospel music and tried to write gospel music in the traditional way.
“But as I got, and get closer to God, He lets me know that it is okay to praise, worship, and give Him all the glory through the music and words that he puts on my heart. Every note and every lyric on this CD is from God, he just used me because it’s my time,” explained Weaver. “I love the Lord, or more importantly, He loves me, because without Him, this CD would not have been possible.”
His unique approach to gospel music, which incorporates R&B and soul music as part of his inspiration style was born of Weaver’s mature understanding of the gospel. He said he sees his music as a ministry—one he’s thrilled to share with others who love the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“I’m excited to be working with my Gospel family to take my ministry and career to the next level,” Weaver said. “It’s great to be home with a new start, a new vision, a new passion, and a new sound that I’m ready to share with the world.”
“This is a very exciting time for me right now,” Weaver said. “Song number six on my CD ‘Addicted to Your Love’ was selected to be showcased at the Jus Blues Music Foundation Awards Conference, July 30 through Aug. 2, 2014. (http://www.jusblues.org/). Skope Radio selected song number two, ‘What About Me,’ on the CD to run for at least a month. I am very excited about this record. It’s going to bless everyone.”
To purchase a CD or Mp3 download go to http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/johnnymaggakajohnweaver.
Join the Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Arts and Culture from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., June 21 at Artlink Gallery 300 E, Main St., for an Acoustic SpokenWord Café featuring John Weaver, Billy Howell-Sinnard, Jackie Johnson and Chido Ezelio—hosted by Adam Bodnar.