Life for Jason Champion is no coincidence. The Cleveland, Ohio native, husband, and father of two sons has honored his faith and commitment in God to illuminate his path. While the journey has included many stumbling blocks along the way, he has continued to persevere.
Music was present in the Champion household, primarily from Jason’s father, an elder in the church. By the 11th grade, a brief encounter with Gerald Levert led to an audition, Jason became part of the R&B group Men At Large barely out of high school. Their self titled debut album and their sophomore recording, One Size Fits All catapulted the young adults to the stratosphere singing. In 1996, a still small voice spoke to Champion. “God informed me gently through His Holy Spirit that I needed to do other things and break away from Men At Large.”
A chance reintroduction with Kirk Franklin, with whom he had been acquainted during his Men At Large days, led to Champion’s contribution on Franklin’s Hero album and tour, beginning in March 2005. While on tour with Mary Mary, Champion became acquainted with Erica Campbell’s husband, famed producer Warryn Campbell. When Franklin decided to downsize in February 2007, Champion and Campbell stayed connected.
Campbell produced Champion on his 2008 solo album, Reflections. The album would go on to receive a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album category. Champion also found success with his 2017 hit single, "Are You Ready?"