JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise (affectionately known as YP) continue to make waves in the Gospel Music Industry while garnering national and international recognition. Founded in 1991, the once 35-member church choir from Bridgeport, CT has transformed into a Billboard chart topping national gospel artist.
In 2018, Hairston and the group won 6 Stellar Gospel Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award, and an ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Award. JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise were also nominated for a 2018 GRAMMY for Best Gospel Performance/Song for their infectious worship song “You Deserve It”.
Youthful Praise has performed on several national platforms including, Good Morning America, the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest, and Essence Music Festival to name a few.
Currently, Hairston is preparing for the 2019 release of his new album that has yet to be titled. The album was recorded over 2 live sessions at COZA in Abuja, Nigeria and also in Upper Marlboro, MD at City of Praise Family Ministries where he serves as Minister of Music. He also has a syndicated radio show, ?Youthful Praise with JJ Hairston, and he is preparing for the publication of his new book, "Amazing Love," both in partnership with his wife, Trina.
JJ Hairston is the CEO and founder of the record label Jamestown Music. Hairston’s goal is to continue to develop music through this venture that can be used as a tool for audiences everywhere to develop their personal relationship with God.