Jo D had discovered music and singing as a child, a passion he shared with his mother. Because he was too shy to sing in public, Jo D focused on his love of baseball. His talent for the game earned him recognition that led to his college baseball career. During the two years that Jo D cared for his mom before she passed away, the two of them spent time singing together and, Jo D said, she introduced him to God. Soon after her death, Jo D signed a contract to play minor league baseball in Louisiana. Alone in a new city, Jo D says he turned to women to fill his loneliness, a choice that led to remorse and the feeling that God was pursuing him.
Jo D left baseball and returned home, where he met and married his wife. After he began writing and performing music again, a manager in Atlanta contacted him about recording R&B music. His involvement in the music industry coincided with his marriage deteriorating.
In what Jo D calls “a pivotal moment,” he fell to his knees and cried out to God.
“I realized I had been religious, but did not have a personal relationship with God,” he said, adding that although he had grown up in church, he had moved away from his faith as a teenager and young adult. “In that moment, I surrendered my life to Christ and asked God to take away everything not pleasing to Him.”
Soon after, Jo D read Matthew 9:11-13 (“For I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners.”) and realized God had a plan for him in which he was to use his musical talents to reflect Christ’s love. God also restored Jo D’s marriage.