Legacy Live Session; Debut Single

On Friday June 29, I had my first ever headline show. I still can’t believe how surreal it felt to be on stage and feel so at home.

I’ll be releasing my first single called FOREVER in a few days and to commemorate that occasion, my team and I wanted a few key people and dear friends to hear it first. So, we organized a jam session, with a live band. I performed covers of popular songs while our guests snacked on chips and sodas and cheered us on.

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I’m a generous person, so I chose not to hog the stage. My good friend Jason Nkwain, poet and spoken word artist, took the stage to perform some of his works like Have You Ever Seen An African Dance.

T. Nayah; fellow singer/songwriter, blessed our audiences with a powerful rendition of Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin) among other songs.

We solicited the help of a world class band. For their simple love for music, they took on the challenge of learning the songs in a matter of days. Boy oh boy, did they deliver;

JaJa a Congolese acoustic guitarist played with the soul of an African musician, weaving such organic afro rhythms into the music, and everyone was left in awe of his talent.

That night, Kinobe assumed the role of bass guitarist, one of the many instruments he has mastered. Not only did he play to impress, he also brought this band together for the occasion.

Kinobe didn’t come alone. His brother Richard played the the acoustic drums that night and did so with such rhythmic beauty.

Julian was the star instrumentalist of the night, with his magical fingers on the keyboard. He was as versatile as every musician wants their pianist to be, weaving seamlessly from afro sounds to more western styles.

The drums were manned by a young drummer named Ogmend, who delivered a stellar performance after only a few hours of rehearsal, as he was a last minute addition to the band.

This group of amazing musicians did such a great job that some of our guests were moved take the stage themselves for some freestyle tunes.

Everyone loved it. It was a crowd of under 30 people and yet, the room felt electric. The new single will be released on July 29 2018, exactly 1 month after this show. If that night is anything to go by, then the reception of this single will be just as inspiring.

 

 

Want It All

Last week was a big one for me. My team; Legacy House Inc. released my first ever feature music video, with the beautiful T. Nayah. Music has always been a part of m, but I’ve grappled with the idea of pursuing music on a grander stage than my bathroom. I’ve had reservations which I will detail in another post. However,  I finally decided that it’s time to let the light that God put in me to shine bright for His glory.

The song is titled; Want It All. It’s an ode to challenges and the haters who try to tell us we can’t do it. The powerful lyrics tell a story of hope and strength, and preach encouragement and resilience in the face of struggle.

Writing this song was inspiring for me.  I hope that listeners feel something special as they let the music touch their sould.

Thank you,

Always.

 

Everyday People – August 30th 2016

I met Robert Adams today. He’s a tall African American man with dread locks that reach the small of his back, pulled in a low ponytail. When I first walked into the historic looking high-rise building on Vermont avenue NW, Washington DC, he greeted me with charm and eloquence. He had been typing an email.

“Hold on a second, I’ll finish this email and I can be out of your way”. Just a moment later, he asked – looking down at his computer screen; “So are you in school? Or…” I smiled and told him my education spiel and how I’m working a new job now in addition to this concierge gig (updates about this in a new blog coming soon).

In the few minutes we talked, I found out he’s been playing guitar for 40 years.

“OMG that’s crazy cause I sing too!”, I said, gushing as he pulled his guitar from under the concierge desk and put it in its bag.

“Well then, you should come to our Live Music Monday shows in Silver Spring” he said, the sound of his guitar bag zipper subtle but noticeable as he spoke.

For a moment, I did consider it. I mean, I’ve been thinking about a venue where I can sing with a live band and just have a relaxed time on stage, sharing this gift that God bestowed upon my vocal pipes. As I processed his invitation, he pulled out a card and handed it to me. I looked at the card thinking; I’ll keep this. Maybe one of these evenings. Who Knows? 

“I wanna learn to play. I bought a guitar once, and my fingers just wouldn’t cooperate.

“Hah! see? You know what they say… when the student is ready, the teacher will appear”, he said in response. I smiled at his subtle invitation be my teacher.

A few minutes later, his girlfriend came down to meet him in the lobby for their lunch date. As she stepped out of the building, he stayed back, pulled out a black newsboy hat, the kind with extra room for long locks like Bob Marley’s, and he put it on.

In that moment, I saw the artist in the man. He had gone from a suited up, prim and polished look, to an approachable lover of the arts, just by adding a hat and removing his name brooch.

When he finally stepped out to meet his woman, no sooner had they taken 3 steps before he extended his left hand and placed it on the small of her back; a gesture of protection, and affection. I smiled in admiration as they disappeared down the rather quiet street.

I met Robert Adams today and I saw the meaning of simple happiness. I saw love, passion, art, and life in his eyes and heard them in the words he spoke. It was my pleasure Mr. Adams, and maybe I’ll visit and listen to your show one of these Mondays.