Some people don’t want to recognize that music, singing, and performing are what I’ve always done. Don’t think there was ever a point in my life where I wasn’t creating music and performing. It’s one of my main passions, and it will always be a part of my life.
Having been in the music/entertainment business for around 30 years, I’ve been forced to deal with a lot of shit in order to do what I love to do. Patience is always a challenge, because it seems you’re always waiting on or dealing with something. And when things finally get done, you’re already on to the next thing. It takes a consorted effort to enjoy the moment and not get ahead of myself.
My current album, The Way I Am, has been in the works for a couple of years. Now, the creative, writing, recording part of the process doesn’t generally take that long. Scheduling is the most challenging part of facilitating that process, but the Internet and current technology helps move it along much quicker then when everyone had to get together in the same room to do their thing. I still value working with collaborators in their presence, but it’s not a necessity anymore, which makes working with people who aren’t in your geography a lot easier.
As you can imagine, I’ve endured the ups and downs intensely throughout the years. I’ve been so close several times, and yet one thing or another got in the way of it panning out in the way that I envisioned. Not an unusual story for those who have been fortunate enough to have gotten a record deal. There are certain things that you can control about the process, and other things that are truly out of your hands.
One thing that has happened over the past ten years is that I have had the pleasure of connecting and working with some amazingly talented people who are at the top of their game. My management has been instrumental in helping to develop these relationships with me. That’s truly reflected on The Way I Am. My collaborators include Chris Willis (David Guetta), Nervo (Kelly Rowlands/David Guetta, Kesha, Britney Spears), Wawa (Kylie Minogue), Redtop (Beyonce, Taio Cruz), Jochen Simms (Beyonce), Grammy nominated Chris Castagno, Count de Money, Razor N Guido, and my oldest friend, Ron Schrader. It really is a complete album with each track, in my opinion, being a potential single.
Now we’re just getting everything mastered and set up for release. The first remix single package and video for “Let Me Live Again” should be coming to you within the next two months. Just making sure everything is set up and in its proper place for the greatest opportunity for success. It’s frustrating for sure, as this was all supposed to be out earlier this year, but you can’t rush the process. I would rather deal with my frustrations and impatience with things taking a little longer than have things released without everything being in place just the way it needs to be.
Please stay tuned. I think you’re gonna a dig it!