John Grant

DJ Jonny Blaze takes Baltimore Club music to church

Veteran Baltimore Club producer DJ Jonny Blaze released his first nationally distributed album, The Transition, last week. But on his street in Upton, blocks from where he grew up, it felt like just another hot summer day.

“I’m still in the ’hood,” says the large, soft-spoken DJ, sitting on the stoop of a vacant house on the shady side of the street across from his house, frequently stopping to make conversation with neighbors who pass by.

The Transition is an unusual album, combining two genres that one wouldn’t imagine easily intersecting: gospel and Baltimore Club music. But Jonny Blaze, 41, says the album was not named...