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Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson

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With a sound that straddles the line between contemporary and traditional gospel, Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson first came to the public's attention in the late '90s. Along with scoring a number two gospel hit in 2009 with "I Wouldn't Know You," alongside James Fortune and FIYA, Johnson has issued a number of Top 20 Billboard gospel-charting albums including 2004's New Season and 2011's Back 2 Basics: Chapter Two. Throughout his discography, Johnson has remained true to his inspirations, which include the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Shirley Caesar, and the Hawkins Family. Born Keith Lamar Johnson in Brooklyn in 1972, Johnson grew up in a musical family and first started demonstrating a knack for singing around age five; he was given the nickname "Wonderboy" due to his talent as a vocalist. Early on, he was a member of the Spiritual Voices, a group put together by his father. Beginning with his debut album, 1998's Through the Storm, and its follow-up, 1999's Live and Alive, Johnson has been a favorite on the gospel scene. Usually joined by the Spiritual Voices, he has issued a number of Billboard gospel-charting albums like 2004's number 12-charting New Season, and 2005's number 20-charting Unity. In 2009, he issued Stronger Than Ever, which once again featured the Spiritual Voices. Back 2 Basics: Chapter Two followed in 2011 and landed at number twenty on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. Included on the album was the Top 20 single "True Love." That same year, he scored his first number two gospel hit singing with Nakitta Fox on James Fortune and FIYA's single "I Wouldn't Know You" off 2007's The Transformation. In 2018, Johnson returned with the full-length Keep Pushin'. ~ Matt Collar
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