I was born in St Petersburg, Florida. I grew up singing in church but never really realize my full potential as a singer, until I joined my group Parie which later became Special Generation. In the mid-to-late 80’s my group moved to Los Angeles California and hopes of Landing a record deal. At that particular time it didn’t happen. So we moved back to st. Pete. There we met MC Hammer while he was on tour. Hammer was really excited about meeting us as we were him because he was working on a new album at the time and had many ideas that could involve us. So he asked us to come on the road with him and record his album and the rest was history. That particular album “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em” sold a record 27 million copies both International and domestic. It brought forth records Like “U Can’t Touch This”, “Have you seen her”, “Dancing Machine” and many more. After spending years on the road my group finally recorded our LP entitled “Take it to the floor” which delivered hits such as “Love me just for me”,”Spark of love” and “You are everything”. and this time we performed on a host of a ward shows such as the Grammys, American Music Awards, Bet awards, Soul Train Music Awards, MTV Music Awards. Performing on a host of shows as well such as the Oprah Winfrey Show, Arsenio Hall Show and more but being just an artist wasn’t fulfilling to me so I started writing and producing music. Years later I met Luis who was starting GIG Music Group and asked me to be a part of it. We worked with various artists until we met and signed a hungry and passionate artist named Skully. The rest is history.
In your own words what do you do?
Currently i oversee the entire recording process for all of our artists. That’s from the initial recording stage, to the Final Mastering proces. I also provide additional arrangements or vocals if needed on all songs
What led you to your current business?
I would definitely have to say my singing career led me to my current business. Although I am an executive this time I still have the artist passion.
Could you walk us through your process of developing your business?
There is no real diagram on developing in this business of music. Most of it is hard work and being prepared for your opportunities. There are several processes. The writing and recording process, artist development if needed. Marketing and just having good business sense.
Did you encounter any particular difficulties in the beginning?
Yes I encountered a lot of difficulties in the beginning and i overcame a lot of them, just by being prepared. Difficulties will come but they won’t last long. If you stay focused and keep your eyes on the prize.
What is your long term plan?
My long-term plan is to see GIG music group succeed on every level in this business of music.
Could you share with us some industry insights?
This industry has many insights I would take up this whole interview LOL! One particular one, I will stand behind is being prepared and know your craft.
What are some important lessons you’ve learnt about entrepreneurship?
One thing I’ve really learned being on the executive side of the business and in being a entrepreneur. Is that it takes teamwork to make a DreamWork.
Any tips for achieving success?
Know and study your craft. Know all facets of your business. Work hard and be prepared.