Some know me from my music production but my journey as an artist started before then, when I was in college. In fact, for a few souls out there, they have heard me before on stage, rapping with Too Brown. So, I already wrote songs to express myself and my faith but having access to a library with Cakewalk is what opened the door for me to start producing music – really for myself first.
Over the years
I slowly got away from writing and just concentrated on making beats for others. I was blessed to work on a few albums here and there, but I always had an inclination toward writing again. I had my own records that I knew I wanted to do. So much so, I’d often coach artists on what to write about, based on the beat. That’s because I was thinking like and artist.
Fast forward almost 20 years, I was at the 2018 ASCAP EXPO in Hollywood, California. I went to primarily participate in the iStandard Producer Beat Battle. Being 1 out of 8 producers selected (out of the hundreds who submitted) was an accomplishment in of itself. I didn’t win but being at the EXPO allowed me to hear a session with Jermaine Dupri, who spoke on how we went about writing his songs. Again, I always had ideas, but I think just being there with a bunch of other creative people allowed me to find myself a little more as an artist. It was then that I made the decision to get more serious about writing and to express myself again.
When you hear my songs
you won’t hear any stories of running the streets, or the typical things you may hear from an artist. That simply wasn’t me and I struggled for a long time with how to write because I felt that is what people wanted to hear. But I had to go back to what I learned at the ASCAP EXPO. It isn’t about that. It is about being authentic. So when I set out to do the “What If” album, my intention was just that – be authentic. Additionally, I wanted to do an album that others could listen to and get a viewpoint into how at least this particular Christian approaches life. Is it 100% doctrinally correct? I don’t know, but I know nobody is that. It’s me. It’s how I view things. It is also about LIFE, something that all of us get to participate in.
My hope and prayer is that you can find something that you can relate to and in doing so, be inspired. If you are not a believer in Jesus, perhaps this will spark something inside of you to consider what it means to live as a Christian. Being a Christian has nothing to do with how good or bad you are – it has to do with understanding that we are saved by God’s Grace, nothing more.
I hope you can find a song or two that you like.