G.I. lands at No. 1 on Billboard Gospel Chart; signs with Shanachie Entertainment

Gospel artists G.I. (God’s Image) are one of Gospel music’s most exciting rising stars. Heralded by as among the Top 15 Gospel Artists To Watch, G.I. has recently been enjoying the success of their Top 10 Billboard Gospel hit “Pray And Don’t Worry,” which just hit #9.

GI God's Image has hit on Billboard

The single garnered the group a 2017 Stellar Award nomination for G.I. as “Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year.” Shanachie Entertainment will release G.I.’s label debut, Winning on August 25. They join the impressive list of Grammy and Stellar Award-winning artists Shanachie has worked with, including Kim Burrell, Mint Condition, Angie Stone, the Rev. Luther Barnes, Regina Belle, Marques Houston, Take 6 and numerous others.

Shanachie Entertainment General Manager Randall Grass says, “G.I. is one of the most impressive new gospel groups around with their breakthrough Top 10 gospel hit “Pray And Don’t Worry.” We are looking forward to taking them to the next level!” G.I. states, “We are extremely excited about joining the Shanachie family and look forward to creating unprecedented success.”

Hailing from Richmond, VA, G.I. features Branden Anderson, Lamonte Harris, and Rufus Johnson who have . have been together for nearly two decades. In 2009, they catapulted onto the music scene with their debut CD God’s Image. The album made it to #18 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Chart and the radio single “Get Up” remained in the Top 30 of Billboard’s Gospel Airplay Chart for most of the year. The Next Dimension arrived in 2011 and peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Chart. Their single, “Forever We Will Worship,” made its way to #24 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay Chart, and their uptempo groove “Lead Us to Truth” experienced international crossover success and landed them a Stellar and Dove Award nomination.

While they are thankful for all of the recognition the music industry has shown them for their musical contributions, their testimony remains the same: they do it all for the Glory of God and the building of His Kingdom. G.I. concludes, “Our mission has always been to reach as many souls, and especially unsaved souls, as God allows through our music.”

Sarah Hearn
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Sarah Hearn is Editor-in-Chief of, founded in 2011. The site was recently named among Feedspot's Top Gospel and Christian Music Websites.  Sarah is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Gospel Music Association.
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