Phew! What a year, already! Just these first two months have been full of ups and downs. Here are some of the “Ups”:
Valentine’s Day was sorta of a real nice date with destiny. I spent it singing at New York’s Don’t Tell Mama’s piano bar as part of the Jazz Vox “Together Again” concert. After a lot nervousness and getting over myself and struggling through some French over a bossa beat, I’d say I did alright! Had great time! Shout out to Professor Pricilla Owens, at Hunter College 🙂 Thanks for always believing in me and picking me for those high notes. Another Shout out to Sly Sax: Meeting you in Paris has brought me a long way. It was amazing to reunite with you on stage! Finally 🙂 Gonna keep this train moving. I think its time to finally make the arty, rock, jazz, emo, pB R&B album of my dreams! For now, this is my jazz side.
This is a portrait of performance artist and dancer, Jaamil Olawale’s little brother, Adbul Jaamal. This portrait, along with the portrait of Jaamil Olewale (below), was featured in Jaamil’s performance “Negrophobia” for the American Realness festival at Abron Arts Center 2016. This show was just INTENSE!! and beautiful. Jaamil is a much needed, relevant voice in these crazy times. The show was too real! Please check out the NY Times review of his Necrophobia performance here:
Portrait of performance artist and dancer, Jaamil Olawale. This portrait was created in 2015, but along with the portrait of his brother (above), was featured in Jaamil’s performance “Negrophobia” for the American Realness festival at Abron Arts Center 2016. Have a look at some of his work here:
It’s been awhile since I’ve last posted. Life gets in the way I suppose. Here’s what I’m up to as of recent.
I’ve got a chalk mural on display at Little Choc Apothecary in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Go check it out if you can, before it’s erased April 1st. This is also a great opportunity for any new artist trying to get little visibility for their visual artwork. While you are drawing your piece on the wall the cafe’s guest get a chance to meet you and learn more about you and your artwork. So it end’s up being kind of performative. For more info click here.
Additionally, I’ll be performing tonight with the band 79.5. I’ll be singing back-up vocals. We’ll be preforming at Sunny’s bar 253 Conover St.in Red Hook Brooklyn 11231. The music is party, r&b, jam band. Hope you can make it out! The last show was quite intense!
Finally finished these few portrait commissions before the end of the year! I’m glad I can put a smile on somebody’s face! I used to be so against doing art for money that wasn’t my personal work and ideas. When I started taking private commissions, the one thing that kept me feeling like I wasn’t doing something just for money was seeing the joy in people when they would receive a piece I had made personally for them. It’s nice to pay my bills from what I love to do but the only thing that keeps me doing this, and keeps me from being jaded, and reminds me that art is a gift, in every sense of the word, is that when you make something for someone else it makes some part of their dreams come true a little, sometimes a lot!
If you told me when I was a shy little kid or even a shy 22 year old that later in life I’d be in New York auditioning for bands as a singer or performing at all, I’d be really confused and laugh. But here I am, still buzzing moments after auditioning at Hank Lane Ent. , following this musical “calling”. A very strange, surprising, and wonderful thing! Always leaves me vulnerable and simultaneously expanded inside.