Essej—as he renamed his music persona, began to write his own songs and produce music designed to reach the un-churched. Essej’s music was laced with sound biblical lyrics, carried along by driving bass vocals that sounded like the bass guitar he played; yet, remained true to the acapella framework of his new "love", the Church of Christ. This new sound caught many traditionalists by surprise and delighted others who thirsted for a way to reach their own un-churched friends. It was an uphill battle, but the accomplished musicians' music was now sweeping the country in and out of the Church's brotherhood. That series of musical successes landed his newfound group, STRAIGHT COMPANY, a National Recording Contract with one of the largest music labels in the music business, Benson Records (now Zomba Music). Then and currently Straight Company remains the first and only fully acapella music group to do so, ever. Never straying from the doctrine of the church, but always trailblazing, took Essej and Straight Company on tours in many other countries worldwide and performed for many other governments and civic leaders in the United States and abroad. Dove nominations, TV, radio, and videos that charted to the top of Billboards AC genre have made Essej and Straight Company a household name. "It flourished under God", Essej believes, because the group stayed true to its purpose of ministry to the un-churched; consequently, many were baptized at many of their events. (However, Essej, his brother Jeff, and Manager John Harris vowed to stop keeping 'count' as they believed God wouldn’t be pleased with that - as if THEY THEMSELVES had saved anyone) so the souls they helped lead to Christ may be innumerable.