I am always asked the question of, Who inspired me? or Why do I write the music that I write? What is the thought process of my writing style. Is there a bigger goal to be had from music? These questions have made me sit and want to open up to YOU. I truly am very passionate for life, through life through my beliefs, and I will help you get to know me more today with me answering these questions.
Who inspired me? To me this question can be answered in many ways. There are many people that have inspired me throughout my walk of life and ultimately my love for music. My Parents, they inspire me. In this world today, it seems to be a trend to quit at life, goals, dreams, love, rather than work on something that could be special. The trend is to harbor all of past pain and not grow past it to create a better future. The trend seems that we give up on things easily. Well my parents have been married for 40 years now. They inspire me to want to grow, to want to fight for what want I believe in, or who I believe in. I am inspired by my parents because they won't allow the situations around them dictate how they feel for each other. That is inspirational. I am very blessed to be in this situation because there are A LOT of broken families out there, which I've witnessed first hand. I know that these situations can be very difficult on a person. That is where I learned that my inspiration of having my parents together could be spread from me to others less fortunate and I could help inspire and help others get that Love or attention that is missing form their lives.
I was inspired by my eighth grade teacher (John Hudak) Yeah (I definitely had to include his name) who told me that I was crazy to believe that I could ever be on the BIG stage, with the BIG crowds, and the BIG lights. He used to put percentages up on how many entertainers were successful, against the number of people that failed. He really used to emphasize how hard it was to succeed in entertainment. His point of view was that everyone feels that they can do it and it would be better to make it a hobby than a career, but then would tell me focus on doing something else more relatable and easier to accomplish. That was hard for me to hear everyday, but at the same time I was beginning to form a drive in me. That is still driving me till this day to fully succeed. Through the years especially the past 8 months. I have realized that maybe his intentions were not to hurt me or discourage me. What if Mr Hudak already saw something special in me, and was seeing if I had the mental strength to survive the road that I was wanting to take on my journey. What if he felt that was the best way to guide me? To see if I could withstand it? Was Mr Hudak playing reverse psychology on me? Did he see a drive in me that was different that the others? These are questions that I've began to ask myself. I realize that as a human I always want to think of the negative, but as a human the negative is what has been weighing me down and putting doubt within my mind and brain, causing me to lose focus on what I need to accomplish, with the talent that I was blessed with. I am being taught to really look at both sides of the coin. Yes it puts you in direct contact with the flame. Yes you may get burnt, but what if that scenario provides you with the knowledge so that you can began to shine like gold. While still maintaining your integrity.What if that knowledge is what opens the door to your true happiness and potential. I am guilty of NEVER seeing the other side of the coin to someone's intentions. I will never know what his true intentions were of me, but I won't allow myself to think negatively of the situation anymore especially since, I am still driven by that, so Thank You Mr Hudak.
I was inspired by Michael Jackson. The first music video that I saw was Beat it. This video was awesome. I wanted to go out and have this Red Leather Jacket with the glove. I didn't want the high water pants. The kids in school would've definitely cracked jokes on me for that. I feel that only Mike can pull that off. High water pants with penny loafers. Only Mike could pull that off and still be a gangster in the video. That was confidence. That was drive. Commitment into his craft and his dance moves inspired me. I've never seen so many people pass out at a show than I did with Mike.
I was inspired by Usher. When I saw Usher in concert it was amazing. First of all, this was an outside concert and I was sitting in the second row. Right in front of the stage. The show also included Nas and Faith Evans. I thought I was special because Faith Evans shouted me out during her song and said that I was handsome. Yeah I fell for it. When Usher came out to perform it was this huge production. He had a band, dancers, lights, fireworks, loud booms, stairs, costume changes, it was incredible. I knew at that time that this was what I wanted. The BIG stage, with the BIG lights, and the BIG crowds. I still remember the feeling that i had that evening. I am still inspired by it. Funny story is years later I received his concert "The Truth Tour" on a double DVD. I literally played that video everyday. I actually need to pull it back out and study it.
I am inspired by ALL of my life experiences. I have been through some stuff. Most that I put myself through with the decisions that I made. I've put myself into some situations that I am blessed to have made it through, and I am so thankful that i am covered by God. This covering has definitely put me on a great path. It is providing me knowledge that is beyond me. The life experiences that inspires me helps me write my music. That is my writing process. My number one writing factor is LOVE. I feel that the world needs LOVE. There are a lot of people out here that needs love. They are yearning for true love, and happiness. So I write about my experiences rather its a good experience or bad.
For example My first single "Fire it up" When I originally wrote it, I was writing the song, not as, where I was at in life, but what I was seeing from others. I had friends around me and the passion and love they had even through all of their fights, and break ups, and moving on, they still found their way back to each other and that was beautiful to me, so I began to write "Fire it up" to give that feeling to everyone that maybe experiencing having that one person that Fires them up. That one person that they can't get over or stop thinking about no matter what. I mean the first line of the song says this.
Now lately I've been thinking about How much time I'm wasting I got you on a cliff Ready to fall
I wrote these lyrics because my boy really loved this girl. There was not another girl for him. She was his soulmate and she felt the same towards him, but she was slipping away, because of past hurt they had experienced the lack of trust, and communication. Late October 2017. I decided to release "Fire it up" over again because, I now had a deeper conviction personally to the song. The song that I had originally written being inspired by friends around me. Had turned into my own life story, so I did the song over, but sung with more passion and conviction because I related to the song more than ever. I truly enjoy writing. I enjoy inspiring people myself, and I am looking to do just that with my music. I definitely have more inspirations that I will share in future post.
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