Singer, songwriter, and actor David E. Johnson, Jr. has partnered with 1K Phew to release an extended version of his Go-go Gospel single, "Shake Em Off" with its accompanying video. "Shake Em Off" was written by David and Grammy Award-winning songwriter and singer Makeba Riddick-Woods (Rihanna, Beyoncé, Koryn Hawthorne, Tamar Braxton, Jennifer Lopez). The single is available now on all digital music outlets.
The music video was filmed in Washington D.C., our nation's capital and undisputed home of Go-go music. "I created this song from being influenced for many years by the Go-go music sounds of Washington, D.C.," David explains.
"I went to undergraduate and graduate school at Howard University, and Go-go was all around me. I moved from D.C. to Atlanta, GA, where I met Makeba Riddick-Woods, and I started working with her in the studio. As we were recording some songs, I mentioned that I wanted to do a Go-go song because of D.C.'s musical influences on me, and Shake Em Off was born."
Johnston connected with Reach Records CHH artist 1K Phew after performing the single at Urban Soul Café's Pre-Dove Awards Showcase in 2021. After sharing how much he loved the song, 1K Phew agreed to be featured on the new extended version of "Shake Em Off". 1K Phew's 16-bar feature is a welcome addition to this fun and energetic Go-go Gospel song. David has also released the official lyric video for "Shake Em Off" Extended Version featuring 1K Phew. Watch the lyric video here.