Gary, Indiana artist EJ Jackson is taking the Midwest music scene by storm with a soulful twist on gospel music. Eric Jackson Jr., known as EJ Jackson, brings soulful sounds to gospel music that one would think only could come by wisdom and age. At the young age of 19, EJ has sang with gospel greats such as Bishop William Murphy, Smokie Norful, and Tasha Cobbs, to name a few.

Beginning his musical journey at 13, EJ became Minister of Music at his church. His music and faith became all to real to him while he was in middle school. During our interview with EJ he quoted, “You can be in the church all your life and believe nothing.” Being in the church is simply not enough for this young man – he wanted to touch the lives of so other people.

EJ’s parents supported his dreams of being an artist. They funded his first project, “Closer” which was released May 2013. EJ’s soulful sound is inspired by listening to the Temptations, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Marvin Gaye, to name a few. More recently EJ opened for Mali Music, a true inspiration to his music. EJ told CSG that “To open for someone like that allowed me to understand that nothing is impossible. I just started this music thing in 2013, so to open for some like Mali, it was great honor. I was inspired to dig deeper because as people it is easy to get comfortable in touching the surface, but you have to go deeper.”

Though there are a number of soul artist that inspire EJ, his favorite hymn remains to be “I’m Free”. Growing up EJ was bullied, like many youths today. “Being bullied makes you feel alone and like no one cares. It makes you feel like you have to live up to a certain standard, but when I hear that song it makes me realize I don’t need other people’s permission to live”.

EJ is excited about sophomore project entitled, “Soul Vaccine”. He is stretching the genre of gospel music and wants to go further out of the box that people try to put gospel music in.