Hey! Just want to first say thank you for this interview. I don’t take these things for granted so I really appreciate your time. I come from very humble beginnings.
I am a small town boy with a voice and passion to move the world. I was born in Chicago, IL & raised in Rockford, IL by my single mother. Early on in life I struggled with depression and anger as a child. I can honestly say that singing and dancing saved my life. My grandfather was a musician and I spent a-lot of time in his recording studio as a child. I could always sing but I discovered my dancing abilities first. I started winning talent shows and became the choreographer of a local dance crew named Fatally Unique. My primary focus in starting this crew was to take youth off the streets of Rockford, IL and give them a place to shine. In 2011, I led Fatally Unique to the Semi Finals on Season 6 of Americas Got Talent. While on Americas Got Talent I realized that I was helping 14 dancers live their dream but I wasn’t fully pursuing my own. My dream was to do music and be a singer. In 2013, I answered to a ad on Craigslist “Seeking Singers & Dancers for International Tour”. I knew this was my chance. A month later I was on my first tour in China. I went on to sell out 4 Tours 50 cities in China from 2013-2016. I grew so much over those years. I like to think that China was the bootcamp that made me the artist that I am today. In 2015, I moved to LA where I began to pursue music full time. I’ve been on the grind to make a name for myself ever since. I started a movement called #FreeOfFear to bring awareness and confront how we sometimes let fear control our lives. I realized that most of my life I was afraid to sing and the minute I got over that fear my life really began to change. Since being in LA, I have become a favorite at famous clubs like “The Viper Room”, “Whiskey A GoGo”, & “Sayers Club”. I have toured with the 4 U Prince Tour as the first lead singer approved by the Prince Estate on this tour. I have sang back up for Christina Aguilera & In Summer 2019, I released my debut single “Your Medicine” debuting in the top 100 on the iTunes Rock Charts. Today, I am currently preparing to release my Debut Album as the Journey Continues….
Not a smooth road at all. Ive had to overcome so much. Fear, Anger, Depression, Anxiety and so much more. I hid my voice for years afraid of being judged. I was afraid of being called selfish for choosing my dreams over my dance crew. Throughout my career Ive had many ups and downs. Ive gotten many NO’s in LA. Ive always felt like an outsider in pursuit of my dreams often feeling like no one will take a chance on me or give me a chance. I literally had to go to another country to have a career. All of that use to play with my head and make me question whether or not I was even worthy of success in the US. Ive learned that we all will hit bumps in the road but if we keep fighting we are destined to get somewhere further.
I am a recording artist. A “True Triple Threat”. Singer, Dancer, Actor, Model, & businessman. I fight for artists and people like me. I have a special connection to people with fears and doubt because I know how they feel. I’ve made it my mission to use all of my life lessons and gifts for good. I perform world wide and I tour schools to speak to youth about my movement “Free Of Fear”. Im known for inspiring and spreading love. I think what sets me apart is my voice. Not just the sound of it but the issues that I’m willing to speak up about. Although I am talented I do not believe in using my gifts just for my own gain or without purpose. Im most proud of my Tour in the US as a lead singer with the 4 U Prince Tour in partnership with the Prince ESTATE. Very proud of the “Free Of Fear” school tour we just did in my hometown & Most importanly, proud to be a black man from the city of Rockford, IL that has been able to overcome, travel the world, and set an example for the next generation. If nothing else, I want to be known for inspiring people to fight for their dreams.
I think success can be so subjective. For me, it starts within and then moves out. I want to feel good. So first priority is my mental and physical health. If I’m loving myself enough then I am setting myself up for success. A big marker does involve money but it’s not to be rich, it’s just to be financially free. Success for me will be when I am able to fully financially provide for my mother. Lastly, when I can sell out shows around the US I can consider myself successful. I don’t need to be the most famous singer in the world but success for me is simply to be able play my part in this sacred opportunity we call life.