In 2012, he reached #8 on iTunes Japan R&B/Soul charts and began working on releasing his album “I AM.” Since then, he has released eight more projects The Collection (2014, We Only Have Forever (2014), Into the Wild (2017), Imprint (2019), Garner (2019), The Memoir (2020), Harleaux in Sunset (2021) and Firetape (2021).
Since then, he has released eight projects The Collection (2014, We Only Have Forever (2014), Into the Wild (2017), Imprint (2019), Garner (2019), The Memoir (2020), Harleaux in Sunset (2021) and Firetape (2021).
How would you define your music? My music is a mix of soul and R&B with mainstream appeal. My subject matter always relates to genuine emotions and real-life experiences. I ensure that the storytelling behind a song is relatable and honest to those in real life.
When do you feel the most inspired to create music? I feel most inspired to make music through all life phases: happiness, sadness, and indifference. Something special is always created from each of those moments.
How did you start recording music? Who inspired you to sing? I started recording music as a sophomore in high school. Honestly, I wouldn’t dare let anyone hear those recordings (laughs). Over time and years, I started to identify my tone and then the vocal image of who I was musically. I’ve always been inspired by my late father, who passed when I was 2. He was also an instrumentalist, and the only thing left to remember him by were old photos and vinyl of his soul band, the Rockin’ Imperials. His memories are a mystery, so in my musical journey, I try to document as much as possible so that my children can have tangible memories of me if something ever happened to me. Whew, that was a lot to unpack!
What do you wish to accomplish through your music? I want to leave my musical footprint that shows people who I am and my contribution to music. The storytelling, the music, melodies, and vocals aren’t a priority in music sometimes. For me, it’s everything.