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VBD MAGAZINE'S STAR POWER LIST: Titus Showers

STANDING IN PURPOSE & STAYING INSPIRED

Billboard Chart-Topping Recording Artist and Songwriter


Multiple chart-topping independent recording artist and songwriter Titus Showers is a performer to watch. Titus is emerging as one of gospel music’s biggest stars with two Stellar Award nominations, two #1 gospel albums, a #1 radio single, and five career top 30 songs. On YouTube, he has eclipsed 1 million views and has over 48k social media followers across all platforms. And he has rocked national TV performances such as the 2021 Presidential Inauguration Gospel Celebration for the 46th President Joe Biden, BET’s 2020 Stellar Awards, CBN’s The 700 Club, BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel Show, and Stellar Tribute to the Holidays.


Titus is building momentum across the music industry with his uplifting, signature songs. VBD Magazine caught up with the celebrated singer to discuss his music career, the joys of operating in his purpose, advice for aspiring gospel singers, and the keys to building a successful gospel music career. Titus was at ease with an ever-ready smile and words of encouragement as he spoke candidly to us. It was easy to see how his infectious personality and amazing voice elevated him to a place of honor in the Gospel music industry.


HIS STORY


Titus grew up in Hammond, Louisiana, a Tangipahoa Parish town with a population of approximately 21,000 residents. He is among the area’s most renowned. The fifth of ten children—Regina, Timothy, Angela, Melody, Ciara, Tiffany, Tabitha, Bobby, and Thaddeus—Titus and his siblings have been singing since they were knee high. They sang at their home church and often traveled around their home state and the country performing while their father, Dr. Bobby R. Showers Sr., who is a pastor, preached the gospel. “I admire my father,” says Titus. “He is a strong man of God who has imparted countless words of wisdom to me. This has helped me to stay grounded in my walk with the Lord.”



Titus first made his mark in the Gospel music industry as the lead singer of the family band, The Showers. The group emerged in 2009 with a sound that combined traditional gospel with a contemporary R&B feel, and a style that was more casual and streetwise than most of their contemporaries. The Showers released two albums both Stellar Award-nominated: The Showers Family Group (2015), which charted two titles on Billboard Gospel Airplay: “Better” (No. 13, Aug. 2015) and “Immediately” (No. 24, Apr. 2016), and their #1 Gospel album The Journey (2017).


Though Titus loved singing with his siblings and enjoyed the family dynamics of working together, he made the decision to go solo in 2018. “At that time, my parents were not thrilled about my new direction, but they supported my decision. My siblings are with me, 100 percent. They are all proud of my accomplishments. I miss being with them though; we had a lot of fun on the road together.”


GOING SOLO


“I’m the first of my siblings to go solo. It’s my calling. I’m constantly striving to be a better person and I credit God and my parents for giving me the strength to fully walk in my purpose. Of course, having made the decision to go solo, I felt a lot of pressure. However, I had written two projects with my family, so I remembered that I have invaluable experience.”


In March 2019, Titus stepped out and released “In His Name” ahead of his debut solo EP Who? which was released May of that year. To his surprise, the EP debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Consumption chart and # 1 on the Nielsen Top Gospel Album Sales chart. The title of the EP, “comes from Matthew 16:13-16, when Jesus asked the disciples who they thought he was. I want the world to know who Jesus is. During that process, people will also find out who I am.”


Returning from the success of his 2020 single “It’s Gonna Be Alright,” the Billboard award-winning artist released his new single to radio – “Name On It,” which soared on the Billboard's Gospel Most Added chart. “Name On It” is the first single on his newly released self-titled album Titus Showers. The beautifully crafted and powerful song was produced by Lucius Hoskins and written by Lucius and Titus. They celebrate God’s blessings for his people through expressive and elevating lyrics – “I’m speaking life, I’m speaking to the mountain, claiming my promise, it’s got my name on it.”


The album was released via A&P Records with Malaco Music Group as the distributor and is available on digital outlets. “Name On It” has the anointing and brilliance to add to Titus’ impressive career.


HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS


Titus is one of the most compelling voices ever, and he’s enjoying every minute of his music career. The songs he belts out are more than clever lyrics and hooky production, they’re declarations of faith, rooted in God’s amazing, undefeated power. “I love the Lord and I love that He has given me a gift to be a blessing to people.”


While he continues to be a beacon of light and hope through his music, Titus’ achievements are many:


● Top 10 Billboard Album Release Debut (Titus Showers – self-titled album (2022)

● #1 Billboard Gospel Airplay chart (“It’s Gonna Be Alright” Remix feat. Jermaine Dolly)

● #1 Mediabase Gospel Radio chart (It’s Gonna Be Alright” Remix feat. Jermaine Dolly)

● #9 Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart (“It’s Gonna Be Alright” Remix feat. Jermaine Dolly)

#21 Billboard 2020 Year-End Gospel Airplay chart (“It’s Gonna Be Alright” Remix feat. Jermaine Dolly)

#33 Billboard 2020 Year-End Hot Gospel Songs chart (It’s Gonna Be Alright” Remix feat. Jermaine Dolly)

● 600K YouTube Views (“It’s Gonna Be Alright” Remix feat. Jermaine Dolly Music Video)

● 269K On-Demand Streams (It’s Gonna Be Alright” Remix feat. Jermaine Dolly)

● BET’s Stellar Awards AT&T Dream In Black Emerging Artist State Performance – “In His Name”

● Stellar Tribute to the Holidays TV Special – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “We Need You.”

● CBN News Studio 5 w/Efrem Graham (Appearance)

● iTunes Top 200 Holiday Songs chart (“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”)


HIS INSPIRATION


“Singing is all about Jesus and the audience, so I make time to respond to my supporters. It can be overwhelming, but I want to give my fans a big ‘God Bless You’ because I’m humbled when someone is blessed by what God has given me. You can’t get too high-minded because we’re nothing without God and the people who we serve.”


For the inspiration to write beautiful lyrics, Titus credits God, life experiences, and his father’s messages. “I stay connected with what is happening in the world and I keep a notepad nearby so that when I’m inspired to write songs, I can record them immediately.

“I lean on my parents and siblings for prayer, guidance, and support. They understand what it is like to be on the road. Also, I have learned to surround myself with people who love me and care enough to help me.


“I have a great management team, a great record company, and a great radio promoter in Mr. Kendall Duffie. They put me in the right hands, so people know who I am and who I represent. My amazing talent manager, Dr. Apostle Veryl Howard, keeps me working and organized so I can minister effectively.


“Importantly, I stay connected to God. I try to live my message and I’m mindful of my walk and talk. I understand who I’m working for because I never want to operate in Titus. I always remember that it is the Lord that has brought me this far, and there is a Scripture for every situation.”


BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL MUSIC CAREER


We asked Titus what three keys are needed to build a successful music career. His response:

● You will need Jesus like never before.

● You will need someone who knows the business and who believes in you.

● You will need resources to make yourself marketable to get to the next level.


“Sometimes, early success can ruin a person if he/she is not mature enough to receive the blessing. It’s important to experience the hard work and the struggles as you press towards the mark of your high calling. If you do not get weary, you will reap your rewards.”


WHAT’S NEXT?


Titus will continue to “lift the name of Jesus” as he travels the country to promote his music and fulfill his engagements. Further, he is planning to write new material for future projects.


Whenever he is back home, Titus serves as COO of one of the family’s enterprises: O&M Family Care, a community-based mental health care agency. He intends to continue giving back to his community through O&M Family Care services.


As for reaching the mountain top, Titus chuckled as he fondly recalled what his father had said, “‘We are always growing and when we have reached the mountain top, that is when we are gone.’”


For Booking: Faith Management, Apostle Dr. Veryl Howard, 910-644-1824

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