Friday, July 27, 2012
Artist On The Rise: B.Thompson
On The 6th Presents To You Artist On The Rise: B.Thompson
Take a minute and get to know this rising star
In his own words:
My name is B. Thompson. I'm a 22 year old singer/songwriter/vox producer from Las Vegas orginally, but I'm based out of NYC.
My life story is like a movie honestly lol. I didn't even know I could sing until I was 14. I would play around with my cousins as a kid but I didn't think music would be something I'd take seriously, I was a sports buff. I played EVERYTHING!
It started in my 8th grade choir class. Our teacher asked us to sing
"One Candle Lights the Way." I started to sing and the room just got kind of quiet. I had the same reaction as the people in the room lol. I told my grandma and she had me recording in the studio with industry friends she had in Las Vegas. From there, I went from choir class, to assemblies, to having the opportunity to perform with Earth, Wind, and Fire, Smokie Robinson, and a host of others.
I started writing and posting music online and started to get a little attention. After having my music heard I basically had an opportunity I couldn't refuse to come to New York to write music. At 18, with $300 in my pocket.
I basically moved to NYC with nothing, no family, nothing. Singing is my passion of course but my writing is what provided so much opportunity for me, outside of me having acted in commercials and movies. That's the shortest I could make my story
I have absolutely no regrets. I wouldn't be in the position I am in if I lived my life with regrets.
I am about to release a mixtape, and from there I will being writing my EP.
I also have been working on a couple of screen projects.
I'm under the direction of Rashad McCants who has been very supportive in my career. Lots of silent power moves being made. I'll just say that so stay tuned.
My greatest accomplishment in life so far, is nothing big but to have moved to NYC independently and survived the hard knock life lol. NYC isn't for everybody. Being here and pursuing something many never get a chance to is a huge accomplishment in itself for me. To have heard myself on the radio for the first time was a big accomplishment for me as well!
My ultimate goal in life is very simple, I want a GRAMMY!
What I like most about the business is meeting people who are like me! It's nice to know I'm not the only wierdo in the world. As an artist, we are misunderstood always because of the way we think. It's nice to encounter people with similar experiences.
I use personal experiences and the people around me. There hasn't been one song I have written or recorded that hasn't been about me or someone who is in my life going through something. I used to feel guilty about it but it's like therapy.
My family inspires and motivates me. They've always been supportive and pushed me. My mom tells me to sing like a bird, my dad pushes me
to not settle. My entire family is supportive that way.
Advice I have for those looking to pursue their dreams? Never give up and never let anyone lead you in a direction that you're not comfortable in. Stay true to yourself and don't lose focus on the ultimate objective. It's a hard, long road but it's well worth it.
I want to be remembered for my music and my honesty in my music. I want people to be able to listen to my music and understand me, which is the ultimate goal, to be understood.
Just know that I have no limit. Know that when you think there is something I can't do, I am working on it. I'm an artist and we're sensitive about our shit lol. I've always been a person of many layers. I don't just sing, write, and dance. I paint, I cook, I play sports, I draw. Hell, things you wouldn't think I do I do or have done.
DOWNLOAD his new mixtape > > http://vibedeck.com/b-thompson/love-learn
Find him on Twitter @IamBThompson
Facebook: Phillip B. Thompson