In 2012, BET’s Sunday Best singing competition crowned their first male winner, Joshua Rogers, at the ripe young age of 18. Now in his early 20’s, the reserved, powerhouse singer, is back after a 4-year hiatus with a new single “Don’t Leave Me,” which is lifted from his highly anticipated third project due out Spring 2017, with his new label home, Mixed Bag Entertainment. “Don’t Leave Me” will be available for download on September 30th, 2016 on iTunes and all other digital outlets.
“Don’t Leave Me” was produced by Grammy nominated producer, Blac Elvis (Beyonce, Usher, Tamar Braxton) and written by Felly The Voice and Rogers. The soul inspired, mid-tempo, offering shares Rogers’ personal journey since being away from the limelight. Fans of Rogers can expect what they initially came to love about the singer from the beginning. Even with the noticeable urban, soulful feel of the song, without question, Rogers’ church roots always shine through with every note he sings! Joshua shares, “This song is directly about my life and it gives you just a glimpse of what my life has been like since I’ve been away from the spotlight. I’m super excited about this new song and it’s just a teaser of what my new album is going to be like. I know there has been a lot of talk about where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing, but now I’m ready to share my journey and hopefully encourage someone not to give up because no matter if you’re on stage or you have a 9 to 5, none of us are exempt from heartache and hard times. But I’m a living witness that God is able and things do get better.”
Mark Mims, COO of Mixed Bag Entertainment states: “We’re excited to add a talented artist like Joshua to Mixed Bag Entertainment. He has so much to offer the gospel music community and we are so excited about his new music.” Emanuel “DA TRUTH” Lambert, CEO of Mixed Bag Entertainment adds, “Joshua Rogers is the full package. He’s a gospel singer with a golden voice and a great heart! We are super excited to have him on the Mixed bag team!” Gary Crockett, Co-founder and CSO of Mixed Bag Entertainment also states, “We’re ecstatic that Mixed Bag gets to be a part of the next and most exciting phase of his career by bringing the many dynamics of Joshua’s talent to bigger platforms including film, television and live stage plays.”
Rogers auditioned for the fifth season of BET’s Sunday Best in Atlanta, and immediately became a fan favorite, as well as, a standout among the celebrity judges; Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, and CeCe Winans. Sunday Best host, GRAMMY® winning, platinum selling artist, Kirk Franklin, gave Rogers the nickname “Young Buck”. After weeks of consistent performances, Rogers landed in the finals and ultimately won. Rogers rose to prominence when he became the first male and youngest winner of Sunday Best. With his win, Rogers received a cash prize, a 2013 Ford Escape, and a recording contract with Mathew Knowles’ Music World Gospel label.
The Greeleyville, South Carolina native released his first album, Well Done, on December 4, 2012. The album featured songs performed by Rogers on Sunday Best. Well Done debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album Charts with nearly 6,000 in sales its first week. Rogers released his second album, Unconditional, on October 29, 2013. This was his first album of original music where he also co-wrote several songs on the album. Unconditional debuted at #2 on the Billboard Gospel Album charts.