Griffin in 2016
|Genres||Christian: Southern Gospel|
|Years active||1989- Present|
Dixie Melody Boys
Rodney Griffin is a Southern Gospel singer and songwriter currently performing with Greater Vision. Griffin has been named favorite songwriter in the Singing News Fan Awards every year from 1998 to 2016. He was also named Favorite Baritone in 2006. Many of his songs, including My Name is Lazarus (1999), Just One More Soul (2000), Just Ask (2003), Faces (2005), and Preacher Tell Me Like It Is (2014) have won Favorite Song. In 2014, at the Singing News Fan Awards Greater Vision received Favorite Song Award for, as Wolfe calls it "Our Preacher Song," entitled Preacher Tell Me Like It Is written by Griffin.
Griffin earned a bachelor's degree from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky in 1988. Until 1990, he worked at a shipyard in Virginia, but always had a desire to sing gospel music. He spent time with an amateur group from Chesapeake, Virginia called The Galileans, but wanted to sing professionally. He joined a professional group called Higher Dedication. When Higher Dedication disbanded, Griffin moved on to an Arkansas-based family singing group called The Brashears, and later joined the Dixie Melody Boys serving as baritone vocalist and bass guitarist from 1991-1993.
Griffin joined Greater Vision to replace baritone Mark Trammell, who left the trio in 1993. Besides being a talented singer, Griffin began writing many of Greater Vision's songs including the hits He'd Still Been God, Common Garments, Faces, A Pile of Crowns, Just One More Soul, and My Name is Lazarus. Griffin has also written songs performed by other groups, including Don't Let the Sandals Fool Ya (Triumphant Quartet) and Temporary Tomb (Legacy Five).