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 Posted: Mon Feb 12th, 2018 03:44 pm
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I’ve been in the Music industry for about 10 years now....professionally, but I’ve been a musician for as long as i can remember. I grew up in a large musical family in St. Louis, MO. My grandparents had 15 children and their children had children so we were basically a choir. There’s several piano and guitar players in my family as well, so one of my favorite past times is just jamming out with the fam. Especially around Christmas time. Harmonies were always on point. My grandad was a pastor so we were all in his church choir too. I started getting leads around 9yo. All of that to say... music is in my blood.

I’ve been singing forever, but i actually broke into the industry as a songwriter. I got my first deal in 2005. It was an independent company, and even though it was a pretty crappy deal it was my stepping stone to the majors. I signed with Flyte Tyme Productions/EMI Music Publishing in 2008, moved to L.A. and I’ve been rocking ever since. My co-publishers and mentors are Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. They took me under their wing and have become like dads to me.

I’ve worked on a lot of major projects and i won my first Grammy in 2011. In 2013 i hit a personal/spiritual shift. The business kinda took its toll on me and my focus changed. It’s not so much that i don’t see myself as a writer anymore... I’m just more interested in helping people launch their careers now. I love music through and through and my love for music single handedly changed the course of my life. I know what that meant for me so now I’m focused on doing that for others. I teach for my company and I work with public schools, private schools and also music colleges. I’ve also hosted a few workshops and I feel really fulfilled with it.

I am here to share music... because I’m definitely still a musician (i don’t think it’ll ever change lol) , but I’m also here to help give feedback.
I’m hoping to meet some really great friends here :)

Hit me up!

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 Posted: Mon Feb 12th, 2018 08:55 pm
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Glad you found your way here! We're a pretty friendly bunch :)

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 Posted: Mon Feb 12th, 2018 11:23 pm
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:D Thank you for having me 😊😊😊
Nice to me you!!! Where are you from?

I see Australia, were you born there?

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 Posted: Tue Feb 13th, 2018 12:35 am
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Yes, born in Australia, grew up in a country town called Bendigo in the state of Victoria which is in the south east. Almost the entire population of Australia lives around the coastal fringe with the middle virtually empty.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 13th, 2018 12:59 am
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Awesome!! I’d love to visit Australia one day. It’s on my list of places to visit soon 😊
What’s on your playlist there?

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Mine personally? I was listening to The Paper Kites recently.

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Well you certainly got off to a good start; for most of us I think its like running into brick walls, nobody wants to let us in, the guards protect their business and it is a business, from talented people that they should be encouraging but sadly such is life; anyway welcome aboard friend I hope that you find what you are looking for. And I for one would certainly appreciate some help in any form, feel free to take a look at any of my stuff and there's plenty of it lol



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 Posted: Sat Feb 17th, 2018 02:22 am
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Hi, Carla!

Thanks so much for sharing your expertise!
I also think it's cool that you've had experience with Flyte Time, as I have been a Jam/Lewis fan since the 80's.

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