How have the Arts impacted your life?
It has impacted my life in so many tremendous ways. It has always given me an opportunity to be a voice for the voiceless. I have also utilized song writing as a means to communicate my hurt, frustration, anger hopelessness and joy in a constructive way. Writing and making music kept me from being in the streets, entertaining foolishness, and using my energy in destructive ways.
How did you begin rapping inspirational music?
Interestingly enough, I actually started while I was running the streets. I felt as though gangsters needed motivational music too. Although the music at the time had a lot of swearing, in my mind it was ghetto gospel. The problem was the fact that I was extremely double-minded. Looking back, I feel as though my heart was in the right place but everything else was wrong.
What is your creative process like when writing and performing?
When writing I usually temporarily tune the world out in order to focus. Most of the songs i wrote were either written overnight or on the highway. When it comes to performing, I have always felt at home. From the first time I got on stage, I knew what I was born to do it. I still get butterflies before I go on stage. They are not necessarily out of fear but more so because I get so excited to perform.
Tell us about your current music project.
The name of my current album is, "I Made It". It is probably the most balanced album that I have ever made. Although I make inspirational music, I did not want this project to be too deep. My goal when making an album is for the listener to be able to relate and not feel the need to skip a song. When people purchase my album I want them to get their money's worth. I also want them to be able to sense that I put my all into in.
Where can people buy your music?
The album is available for purchase on all digital outlets. Google Play Store, Amazon, iTunes etc.
What is your most memorable response from your music?
My most memorable response is when I performed in St. Rose, La. I had just finished performing my song, "Windshield" from my album "Man with a Vision". There were two young ladies that walked up to me crying and saying how that song ministered to their spirits and changed their lives.
Where do you see your music in the next five years?
I see my music impacting millions of lives for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I see it glorifying God and edifying His people. As an individual, I see myself being a mogul. I also see myself using every gift and resource that I have been blessed with to not only help others spiritually but also naturally.
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Performance Link: https://youtu.be/BwxPB7FsfR8