THE GROUP FIRE
Introducing The Group Fire! The hot new group out of Newark, New Jersey! These 5 young men draw major comparisons to The Winans, New Edition, Commissioned, Men of Standard, and of course the Jacksons! The group is made up of 2 sets of brothers (Terelle Cooper, Juwan Cooper, Justin Cooper, Tajohn Hill, Al Hill ).
“The Group Fire” is known for stirring up excitement wherever they go. Blending smooth harmonies, scriptures and daily – living based lyrics tackling along with a variety of musical genres from jazz to R&C (rhythm and church). The New Jersey boy band --- Terelle, Juwan, Tajohn, and Al-Shamir--- are quickly becoming a hot commodity in the gospel arena with fans of all ages from the youngest to the most seasoned. “The Group Fire” has a sound that has been compared to groups like: Commissioned, The Williams Brothers and The Jacksons. Many see them as the new vanguard for gospel.
In 2009, the group was noticed by the CEO of Jet Records North/East, Bishop T. Cooper. Teaming up with producer & songwriter, Steve Cooper, the group immersed themselves in learning new material, developing a distinct sound and style. The group consists of two sets of brothers. In addition, all of them attend Palm Garden Holiness church in Newark, NJ.
When asked about the name of the group, Terelle, the lead vocalist says “We wanted a name that was special; we saw where God used fire a lot throughout the bible, with Moses and the burning bush, the Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace, Elijah with the chariot of fire, etc. We figured the same way He used fire in the bible we want Him to use us as well.”
In 2018, “The Group Fire” was nominated for a Stellar Award for Quartet of the Year for their project “Join the Praise Party”. This project has help catapult them onto the main stage in gospel music. As a result, the fellas have worked closely with Producer Steve Cooper and followed up with their 2019 single “Again”. This single is from their forthcoming project entitled “Heal the Land”. The guys are humbled as well as delighted that their single has charted in the top 20 in Billboard and has remained in the top 30 for over 28 weeks. This song has also helped “The Group Fire” receive 2 Stellar Award nominations for Duo/Chorus Group of the Year and Contemporary Duo/Chorus Group of the Year. In addition, the “Again” video is actively seen on BET Gospel.
“The Group Fire” has been nominated by Billboard as number 5 new artist for the year ending 2020. Their single “More Than Friends” has been in BDS Gospel Airplay top 30 for 20 weeks; and has peaked at the number 1 position January 11th 2021. Their latest single “Fix It” is quickly becoming their fan favorite and biggest hit yet! “Fix It “is a song about everyday struggles that we can’t fix but Jesus can! "Fix It" has peaked at the number 1 position February 19th 2022.
The ages and positions of the group members are: (Lead singer) Terelle Cooper 26 yrs old, (Tenor & Bass guitarist) Juwan Cooper 23 yrs old, (Tenor) Justin Cooper 18 yrs old,(Alto) Tajohn Hill 27 yrs old, and (Baritone) Al 30 yrs old.