Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Growing up I loved music. It helped me to get through troubled times, express my feelings and the best part of it all was getting to see it happen in front of you with my father being a singer. When I discovered I could sing all the songs I would listen to I decided that I wanted to be an artist. I started playing the piano at six and I performed for the first time on a major stage show in Port Royal when I was thirteen.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
The most interesting thing that has happened to me since I started doing this is seeing and hearing how some people are shocked to see me and hear the type of artist that I am. Because my dad is a popular reggae singer, and a traditional roots Rastafari, people already have their own idea of who they think I am and what I should represent before they even see or hear me speak. I am more of a versatile artist, I like to do other genres. I also do not wear dreadlocks, nor do I feel shy about wearing a short, tight or slightly revealing outfit. I am the complete opposite of what people expect but I am me and I feel that it’s important to not live up to what people think and live up to what we think we should be.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
I would advise them to always focus on the music. If you believe in your craft then as an upcoming artist, it is eventually what is going to build you up and when you make it, it is what is going to keep you there. Not how your body looks or how many wigs you change in a year. I also believe that not even your successes should be focused on. When that time comes, celebrate, and then get back to the music.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I would say my father. He guided me musically. He showed me ways to do things, he showed me my mistakes. My father is my mentor. Every compliment I have ever gotten, whether it’s how much I’m a good performer, I don’t waste time in the booth, my lyrics are always different from other artistes. I owe all those compliments to him because showed me everything I know. My father’s name is Patrick Barrett. Known as Tony Rebel.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Everything I achieve, no matter how small, I share it with my family and whoever I can. It doesn’t mean nothing to me if I can’t share it.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
My favorite life lesson quote is, ‘You can’t change the happenings of your day, but you can change how it makes you feel’. I learned that quote from my father and it was always relevant to my life because throughout my life, I encountered disappointments that always made me feel depressed so learning that I could be in control of my feelings was a blessing that I still bring with me today.
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