The Godkinz, a talented group of three brothers of Samoan heritage, named after their apt family name, will be reflecting their faith and family on the release of their extraordinary self-titled urban worship debut.
Twins Ishmael and Isaac, and their younger brother Israel have made their mark nationally as well as locally, winning the prestigious San Diego Gospel Music Award Artist of the Year in 2006, and touring with The Katinas on both coasts this summer.
Their full blend of tight harmonies, infectious beats, and hook-rich songs is described as ‘R-Hop’ by drummer Isaac, a mix of R&B, hip-hop with a sacred urban spin. Think Katinas meet Boyz 11 Men with a young, edgy appeal.
The album’s first up-tempo single, “Tilt ya Hat,” kicks the party off with all the energy of their concert performances, and the sizzle never stops, from the Reggaeton bounce and power lyrics of “Desire,” to the smooth R&B flava of “Call Me.” The empowering lyrical message is balm to troubled and confused souls of any age, but especially cutting into the hearts of youth, exactly who the Godkinz brothers most hope to reach.
Keyboardist Ishmael says he and his brothers are living out a prayer of faith lifted up long ago. “Our parents were married for two years and trying desperately to conceive, when my father, a pastor of a Samoan church, promised the Lord, ‘if you give me children, I’ll give them back to you for Your glory. They will share about Your goodness to the world through music, to encourage and uplift all in Your Name.” Their Father dedicated them to God.
The blessing of family, a gift strongly revered and cherished in their Samoan heritage is reflected in the airy opening and glimmering guitars of “Many Words,” and Ishmael’s poignant album closer, “Grandma Song,” is a sincere piano-driven tribute to their Grandma, who the album is dedicated to.