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The Pulse of Entertainment: Blues Living Legend Rev. John Lee Hooker, Jr. Releases Gospel CD ‘Testify'

Eunice Moseley 


(April 24, 2020) - "I received my first Grammy nomination in Blues in 2004," said Rev. John Lee Hooker, Jr. about his career accolades. Rev. Hooker, Jr. just released his first Gospel project "Testify" featuring lead guitarist Alvon Johnson. "My second Grammy nomination was in Traditional Blues in 2008. I've gone from Blues to the Good News."

The first single off the Detroit native's "Testify" album is "My God is Holy," written by Rev. Hooker, Jr. It was released with an accompanying music video. "Testify" is produced by Grammy Award winning Larry D. Batiste (Charlie Wilson, Michael Bolton).

"I wrote ‘Testify'. It has my (Blues) sound, but the lyrics are about testifying to the power of the Lord, Jesus Christ. I went from darkness to light. I've been shot, stabbed, homeless and He delivered me."

Like most, Rev. John Lee Hooker, Jr. took the Light of God for granted, succumbing to the hopelessness that the "dark" can bring. Being raised in the church because his grandfather was a Pastor, Hooker, Jr. knew about the light and the hope that it brings. Christ never leaves us sometimes we get blinded by the darkness and can't see our way to the light.

"In 1987-88 I was ordained," he informed me. "Then I went into the world of music. I learned I can't mix church and the world."

Rev. John Lee Hooker, Jr. started singing at the age of eight, live, on the radio and was touring the country with his father, iconic Blues singer and lead guitarist John Lee Hooker known for creating the "Boogie" and was labeled soon after the "king of the Boogie." Rev. John Lee Hooker, Jr. made a big name for himself in the music business as a Blues singer. His vocals have supported such icons as Betty Wright and Grammy winning Larry Batiste. He has performed alongside B.B. King, Lenny Kravitz, Etta James, the Rolling Stones and Snoop Dogg. In 2018 Rev. John Lee Hooker, Jr. received the "Bobby Blues Bland Life-Time Achievement" Award.

"My main objective is to spread His name," Rev. Hooker, Jr. said about his first Gospel project. "To show those who may be going through something that He'll get you out of it. I spent a lot of my life in jail. I'm going back to the Super Max Prison, where I was at 23, to perform. It's so surreal."

Rev. John Lee Hooker, Jr. will be touring to promote "Testify" with his band - bass player John Pride; guitar player Jeffrey Horan; drummer Mike Rogers; keyboard player Elder Paul Sylvester; guitarist Rick Mightybone; trombone player Feliciano, and sax player Doug Rowan.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Timeswww.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: "Uplifting Minds II" Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 21st year. Next events are coming to Los Angeles in November, 2020 and to Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021. The ULMII event is a free conference offering an Entertainment Business Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services. Log onto for more information. 

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