GOAT - Bio
With two tours and over 200 performances under his belt, GOAT, born
Justin Griffith, has been relentlessly building an independent movement
since 2005. This elementary music teacher hails from Dallas, Texas, and
represents The Intelligent South, bringing soulful indie music
laced with melodic and poetic lyricism. PegasusNews.com states, “Each of
his songs takes on its own distinct flavor, pulling from varied musical
and lyrical sources.” When writing and recording, GOAT (Grades Of
Absolute Truth) is a focused musician carefully crafting each phrase to
perfection. On stage, he immediately attracts his audience with an
inviting, endless energy by combining singing with rhyming, instruments
with live looping, and multimedia visuals.
Aside from GOAT’s guitar obsession at the age of 12, his passion for
writing quickly progressed into lyrical expression. After collaborating
and performing in rock, blues, and metal bands throughout high school,
he soon realized that his hunger for success outweighed that of anyone
around him. GOAT began producing solo material that evolved toward
hip-hop, but he thirsted for more knowledge of the recording industry.
Without skipping a beat, he ventured on to study audio engineering and
music production at The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio (2001).
After returning, he continued honing his performance skills by studying
Classical Voice at The University of North Texas in Denton, where he
graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree (2005).
In early 2005, GOAT & dj three6t, a long-time friend, began
building a loyal fan base by performing several times a month in various
venues throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. By the time of
GOAT’s CD Release Party for Absolute Truth in August of 2006, they would perform for a packed house at Club Clearview. Absolute Truth received extremely positive reviews and Harder Beat named the Release Party one of the “Best Shows of 2006.”
Soon after the release of Absolute Truth, GOAT & dj
three6t took a look at the current mainstream mixtape frenzy and decided
it was time to show some hometown love. Dallas Got Next: The Mixtape
was released to an eager crowd at the Curtain Club in September of
2007. A solid 80-minute headlining performance concluded another
strategically planned and perfect night.
While desiring to help unify the D/FW scene for a philanthropic
cause, GOAT founded Hip Hop Helps Heal, or H4, in 2008. H4 is a
non-profit organization built on the love of music, where egos are left
at home and people become selfless. They pledge to throw two benefit
shows annually to financially aid specific concerns of the community.
They have raised and contributed thousands of dollars to organizations,
such as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Genesis Women’s
Shelter, Toys For Tots, and American Lung Association.
In February of 2009, GOAT and three6t launched the first volume of a collaboration series entitled The 4 Track Sessions
with rapper JackRabbit James & singer/songwriter Elle in an
intimate “invitation only” event. The effort formed a strong bond and
support system among them. GOAT & three6t took their music out of
state for the first time during the Summer of Mileage, a
weeklong west coast tour to promote their upcoming album. Their
performances were received with immediate positive feedback at venues
such as Babylon in Fresno, California, and Copper State Tavern in
Glendale, Arizona. In November, after months of hard work and
preparation, the long awaited birth of Mileage had arrived.
Several doors were kicked open in 2010. GOAT joined forces with
director Teddy Cool to produce “Highest Low,” his first official music
video. Filled with intense symbolism, the video shows the internal
struggles that life brings us, each character personifying a different
battle. It would later go on to be screened at the Fall Indie Fest. The
same month the video was released, GOAT was invited to perform at SXSW
for the first time. The summer of 2010 brought the successful completion
of the Southern Elements Tour, a month long run covering
Colorado, Utah, California, and Nevada. This opportunity gave GOAT
another chance to continue building his west coast following. In the
final days of 2010, GOAT was booked to play at the House of Blues in
Dallas, where a live band accompanied him. The show was the culmination
of an amazing year and was yet another result of his undeniable
Mileage: Retuned was released the first week of 2011. The album was a collection of songs from Mileage
that were each remixed by a different producer. The result was a
showcase of multiple genres that gave fans a new take on songs they
already knew and loved. Alongside the release came “Lost,” GOAT’s second
official music video, also directed by Teddy Cool. It gave the public a
more personal look at GOAT wandering the streets he calls home. Then
came another milestone in his career. He was signed on to co-produce
ArtLoveMagic’s prestigious Underground 2011, a live show that boasts
over 75 artists of various mediums. It set in motion the creation of a
massive collaborative song. Produced by GOAT, it joined 14 musicians,
each from different groups performing at the event. “We Rise Up” was
performed once and released in February, along with an official music
video by uFilmhouse. He is currently in the studio recording an
extremely insightful project entitled senseLESS, which highlights the abuse of our five senses.
GOAT’s professionalism is at its peak, and his obsessive-compulsive
tendencies fend for a keen sense of self-reflection; therefore
progression is definite. He intends to continue building a larger
regional and national following by consistent performances, creative
releases, constantly being proactive with his website, and staying
connected with fans through facebook, youtube, and twitter. According to
LIT Monthly, he is named “one of Dallas’ top independent artists” and
“you’ll learn that, in this incarnation, G.O.A.T. ain’t playin’.”
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Highest Low (Official Music Video) - GOAT & three6t
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