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RITK / Bio

Formed in Greensboro, NC in February 2008, RITK is the brainchild of the band's lead singer/guitarist Phil Wagoner. Influenced by a multitude of genres, the three-man-band's drummer Johnnyke Dubouse provides the band with a ryhtmic versatility that allows them to transition from the cool, breezy sounds of reggae to the soulful tones of holy hip-hop and the hard thumping beats of Chrisitan rock. Adding to the band's overall soul, the bass guitarist Terrance DaBazio brings an "up-to-date" eclectic sound to the bands hip-hop endeavors. With so much flexibility, RITK puts listeners in the mind frame of a spiritual version of the bands 311 and Sublime. Phil Wagoner is the backbone of the band's soulful tone. He channels the pain of his mental childhood abuse and batltle to stay off drugs along with the joy of his salvation to produce powerful ballads promoting self-exploration in praise, discouraging judgment while encouraging God's ability to renew, and embracing balance between spirituality and reality. Phil's life experiences and multitude of musical influences like reaggae's Bob Marley, alternative Christian metal's Skillet, and alternative artist Toby Mac combined with his determination to walk the Christian path have helped develope his alternative, anti-mainstream gospel style. As Christians, the band's goal is to utilize their flexible musical talents to spread the word and love of Jesus Christ throughout the world. With a down-to-earth realness and the experience of real life pain, they intend to introduce nonbelievers to God, not religion, spreading the message that "we 'Rejoice in the King' because he has provided to us a radical revelation and renewed spirits and we stand firm in our beliefs that one day every knee will bow to the true KING!

General Info

Band Members
Phil Wagoner-guitar/lead vox, Jojo III/vocals, Nigel-drums/keys, Scott Shamka-bass, DJ J Lone-Turn Tables, Sean McClure-sax
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Rock / Hip Hop / Reggae

Contact Info

Winston Salem, NC
Jojo III