The year after a major win on any reality singing competition, is often the telling year. It’s the year that makes or breaks an artist, and determines if they can stand on their own two feet. The second project, for such artists, is just as telling – it represents whether singers can develop into their own, or whether they fade away after the TV crowds can no longer view them from week to week on their favorite network. Joshua Rogers, Season 5 winner of BET’s hit series, Sunday Best, has just released his second project atop the Billboard Gospel Charts at #2 in his first week of sales, with his debut release, Well Done premiering in 2012 at #1 on the Billboard Charts. The young singer, who made history as both the youngest winner of the series, as well as the only male winner, has made a declaration that he is here to stay with the release of his current project – Unconditional.
The latest release from the 19-year-old phenom is his first album with original content, 90 percent of which is written or co-written by him. Unconditional showcases the singer’s growth, diversity, effortless range and youthful vitality. Still, Rogers reminds listeners that he is well beyond his years, delivering hymns and standards with the poise and passion of a seasoned vocalist matched with vibrant up-tempo tunes that urge listeners to move. After completing the first leg of his Unconditional tour, which kicked off in London, and hit major cities such as Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Washington D.C., New York and culminated in his hometown of South Carolina, Rogers is now prepping for the release of the music video for his current single, So Good. Rogers is taking his time, doing the necessary hard work to lay the groundwork for a long-lasting career. Unconditional is available on iTunes, Amazon and stores everywhere.