What first got you into music?
My mom. Every morning started with an R&B artist like Alicia Keys or Boys to Men, and every evening she bumped Freddie Jackson or Mary J Blige. She’d grab me and we would dance. She’d turn up the music and we would sing together. Mary J, Be Without You was one of her favorites at the time. We would jam full blast to Be Without You.
Who inspired you to make music?
My cousin, Barry inspired me. We were the same age but he was really into music and making beats. We had a connection and each time we got together we goofed around and would freestyle.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I would describe my music as integrating R&B, hip hop, and funk. It’s a vibe.
What is your creative process like?
It’s a vibe. It’s in the atmosphere. I listen to beats and freestyle on them until something speaks to me.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I would like most to collaborate with Roddy Rich because he is a unique artist who has a distinct sound. He uses his voice to create instruments.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
Drake. Because he’s known across the entire world. If I had the opportunity to be seen, the sky would be the limit.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Support your local artists.
What is the most useless talent you have?
I can burp on demand and say the ABCs while doing it.
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
Yes, and it’s always old-school R&B like On Bended Knee by Boyz to Men, With You by Chris Brown, and Let Me Love You by Mario.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
My music career hasn’t completely jumped off yet so I’m still pushing a nine to five to take care of my family.
Where have you performed?
What are your favorite and least favorite venues?
Do you have any upcoming shows?
I’ve performed in Detroit, Ohio, Indiana, Nashville, Atlanta, and North Carolina. My favorite venue was the Nashville Municipal Auditorium because I opened up for YFN Lucci and my cousin, Nick Lavelle. My least favorite venue was at a bar in Indiana because I felt it was unorganized. I do not have any scheduled upcoming shows at this time.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The internet has had a positive impact because it makes it easier to be discovered, connect with people, and expand the reach into other communities, states, across the world. It has also made it more difficult because the competition is strong. Many talented people are out there with the same dream.
What is your favorite song to perform?
“Ride or Die” is my favorite song to perform. It has not been officially released yet but I’ve had opportunities at a few shows to share it!
Which famous musicians do you admire? One of my favorite musician’s id have to say is Chris brown and I’d have to say cause he’s got his way with anything he put his mind to and started at such a young age!
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into? Trouble? Not me.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
If it’s easy it isn’t worth it.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
If I could change anything about the industry, I’d require top artists to work with and collaborate with local, upcoming artists. This way they could mentor and show the ropes of the ins and outs, what to expect, and how to better position themselves to be successful.
What’s next for you?
My ultimate goal is to have a spot in the top 10 billboards. For now, in order for me to get there, I must continue my grind, first by caring for my children, then putting in that nine to five, and of course, pushing myself harder so that the right lyrics come at the right time.