Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
My mom is what really got me started in music. She put me in various music classes, none of them I enjoyed besides the guitar. I just really connected with that instrument. As I advanced in learning the guitar at the age of 15 I began to write songs, somehow without any training I knew the basics of writing a song, it just came naturally. I would come up with the cheesiest lyrics and catchiest melodies. Melodies are what make my songs.
When I turned 18 I was blessed with a computer and FL Studios. My friend Philip Allen was also a fellow artist/musician he was 3 years younger than me but was always very mature for his age. I had known him most of my life but never really hung out with him. Basically, when we found out each other made music we automatically clicked. We began collaborating and writing songs. I decided to share my fl studios with him so he could make music on his computer as well. Philip always encouraged me and told me I was unique. He pushed me to be better with every song.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
So I had this friend who I showed my music to and she liked it. I then went on to ask if she would want to be a supporter (superfan) of my music. Personally, this wasn’t a small request to me it was a big thing cause I don’t just ask anybody to support me the way I asked her. I just wanted someone to love and share my music genuinely. However, at the time I only had 2 songs out. So her response was yes but she said I need to release more music in order for her to support me and get to know me as an artist.
I could tell she wanted to know my vision and what I wanted to accomplish with my music. Little did I know that that same friend would become my biggest fan, my Fiancée. Now, most of my songs are about her lol. I never would have expected that to happen but I’m so grateful because now I have a lifelong supporter.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
I would say
– Take breaks from your music
– Have a circle of people that genuinely care about you, encourage you, and your music.
– Find things that will constantly inspire and motivate you.
– Take constructive criticism, but don’t let it discourage you from being better and achieving your goals.
– Making music shouldn’t be a chore. Let it come naturally and flow from within.
– Meditation/ Prayer.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I would definitely like to make known that none of my music or accomplishments could be done without God. I’m grateful that he has blessed me with the desire to make music. I believe he uses me to make music that people will relate with.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I feel like my music touches people and my vulnerability makes it easy for them to relate to. I’ve had people reach out and tell me that they listen to my music every day and that it has helped them get through hard times.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“I didn’t come this far, to come this far.”
I remember there was a time where I was feeling like my music was trash, and no matter how hard I tried I wasn’t good enough. But at that point, I had put tons of time and money into it. I felt like it was all wasted if I had just given up. So i decided to grind even harder no matter what my doubts were or what anybody said. I was all in.
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