What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Pop R&B with a touch of Neo-Soul.
Give us a little bio about you
From a young age, I grew up in a music-loving home where I was exposed to Jazz, Soul, Classical, Reggae and Gospel music. At the age of ten, I began playing the drums in my local church and moved on to playing the guitar and bass guitar. By my teenage years, I’d discovered my love for singing, songwriting and performing, soon becoming part of an acapella group called ‘Spirit’. My singing career took off when I joined a band called MN8 in the 1990s. The group had a hit single called ‘I’ve Got A Little Something For You’, which was released in January 1995 as the lead single for the album, To The Next Level. This single peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, selling over 300,000 copies and gaining a number 1 slot on the UK R&B charts, alongside top 10 chart single releases such as ‘If You Only Let Me In’ and ‘Happy’ in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, and France where we received a gold album award. I was also the supporting act for Janet Jackson’s World Tour in Europe and have performed alongside Robbie Williams, Boyzone, Spice Girls, Madonna, Celine Dion, Brownstone, Backstreet Boys, Donell Jones and many more. After a successful career, the band and I decided to take a step back from the limelight. I became a family man and my beautiful daughter kept me busy, but I continued to write songs and produce music in my spare time. After a long stint away from the world of music, I am now entering my musical journey as a solo artist to show the world and myself what I am capable of.
What made you go into music?
There was always music around me when I was a child. I was always fascinated by music and how it creates an emotional response that makes people either happy or sad. Music to me is a healing force that has helped me through my life.
Are you a signed?
I am an unsigned solo artist, but it would be nice to be signed to a label.
You released your two new singles, tell us more about each of them.
My latest release ‘I Just Know You Wanna’ is a song for anyone that has a big attraction to someone but is too shy to make it completely obvious. So, if you wish to show someone you like them play this song…it’s a feel-good song that has ‘going out on the weekend’ vibes all over it…and the person you like will get the message.
‘Truly It’ was written to explain to a partner that they are going to lose them if they don’t change their ways. This was one of my experiences, but I have recently realised that many people have said that they relate to the song on some level
Describe each track in two words.
‘Truly It’ – Smooth/Emotional.
‘I Just Know You Wanna’ – Soulful/Funk
Will we see a music video for the track?
Will we see an EP or Album this year?
I am in the process of this as we speak!
Do you have any shows coming up?
If so, where will you be heading?
The Chingford Village Festival on the 13th of June and many more to be confirmed.
What else can we expect in Early 2020?
New songs, more shows, music videos and magazine and TV appearances…watch this space.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Not as of yet, I am still in conversation with a couple of artists…watch this space.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? And who would they have to contact?
I am always up for a collab. At present, I’m putting a band together for some shows if anyone is up for it. You can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you play any instruments?
Drums, Bass, Piano and Guitar.
Who are your influences?
Donny Hathaway, Anita Baker, Quincy Jones, James Ingram, Teddy Riley, Timbaland, Missy Elliott
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
My song-writing comes from my experiences and sometimes listening to my friends talking about their life journeys.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Being a household name within the music industry and around the world.
Having a least one music award.
Completing 2/3 albums with awards.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I go to the gym to keep myself healthy. I like going to open mic shows to check out new talent and sometimes do surprise performances.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
‘Groove Me’ by the group Guy.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
There were two things someone said to me: “love yourself before you love others” and “stay true to your heart and what you believe in and that will push you through to your goals, and if you fall stand-up, brush yourself off and go again”.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Life is a journey and you have to remember to enjoy it. Respect your art, always strive to improve no matter how big or famous you get and when you fall try and catch yourself.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“The worst they can say is, no”.
“Sometimes, you just have to get up and do”.
You’re coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? To my home.
2/ Who do you see first? Close family and friends.
3/What do you eat first? Fried plantain and a cake.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My headphones, a honey & lemon hot drink, my phone, a bottle of water and my watch.