Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Growing up in a small neighborhood, myself, sister and little brother could only play outside until the street lights came on. That gave us more time in the house. If I wasn’t playing video games, I was playing drum patterns on the walls, and tables in the house pretending to be a music artist. After seeing a music video called “Smooth Criminal” performed by Michael Jackson, I immediately was inspired to learn all there was to know about music and being an entertainer. Mimicking “Jackson’s” dance moves so well put me in front of a small audience at a talent show where I performed the full dance routine for “Smooth Criminal”. At the age of 5 I would clear off my mom’s coffee table, and use it as my stage to perform songs by my idols. Around age 11 I began to write poetry based on my life experiences as a kid, and growing up not knowing who my biological father was, which then led to songwriting. After building enough confidence, I started attending open mics in my hometown Sacramento, Ca. The first song I performed was actually a poem written by myself about my father. After speaking the first few words, the crowd was in complete silence. That’s when I knew they were listening, that I had their complete attention. That open mic opened the door for me to express myself through the art of music.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
The most interesting thing that’s happened, has to be when I opened up for 1 of the biggest names in hip hop (E40) in my hometown. Also just being able to connect with people through my music.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Find something that motivates you to keep going strong. Speak your dreams into existence, if you can believe it, you can achieve it. Don’t let giving up become an option, only push forward. No matter how hard the fall, you have to get back up and keep going.
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?
Close friends actually pushed me to continue with my music career. I only had a few friends that gave me words of wisdom, and helped build my confidence to become an artist. They inspired me to accept myself as a unique individual, which pushed me to keep creating the art that is out there now.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
The majority of my songs relate to people who come from the struggle. Writing and expressing songs the way that I feel, allows the listeners to feel more comfortable with turning their pain and struggle into art rather than violence or negativity.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Only the strong survive” quote has always motivated me to thrive for the best, no matter how tough things can get, I must stay strong with my head held high.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Follow me on Instagram @pannellofficial
Also @RickyPannell on all music platforms