Q1: If you had the opportunity to get an inspiring message across to a lot of people, what would your message be?
A1: If I had the opportunity to give an inspiring message to a lot of people, I would say to never settle, you know, there’s a lot of people in the world that are working at jobs they don’t want to be at, doing things that they don’t want to do, so my advice would be to live your life, the best way that you know how to, don’t take anyone else’s opinion of you and make that your own, chose your own life, chose your destiny, chose what you want to do and what makes you happy.
Q2: How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/musician what would you want to be doing?
A2: I got started in the music, honestly by street performing, I would hit the streets of Savannah Georgia, Hollywood, California, New York City and just started singing, started really perfecting my craft by meeting people day to day, you know and making their lives a little brighter, by singing one song that they didn’t know that I knew, and it just made them happy.
What would I be doing if I wasn’t singing, I don’t know, I would probably be in the music, maybe a manager, maybe a A&R executive or something like that, but music kinda always encompasses me, so I’d definitely be music in some way, fashion or form.
Q3: What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?
A3: I would have to say my family, one is my mother who passed away in 2004 from Cancer, she always taught me to live the life that I wanted to live, to be you know, be strong, be confident, be a proud black, fight for what I believe in, never settle, all these things. My beautiful wife Sharon, she’s always been there for me and always supported me, my son Jonathan, my daughter Micheala, my family really gives me the motivation to do what I do and really without them there would be no me and of course GOD, GOD definitely inspires me, I see the beauty in life, every single moment I’m awake.
Q4: What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learnt from it?
A4: I would say my most memorable experience would be winning a Grammy, I won for the best Remix Recording for Madonna in 2011, It was a very crazy time in my life because you know, just two years prior to this, I was sleeping in my car, so to get validation like that and to get that notoriety that you are talented, that people like what you do, really made an impact on my life and I’ll never forget that, you know. I learned that if your down one moment, it doesn’t mean your going to stay down, you know there’s always this revolving door, of life, in your career and in your music, so it comes back around and great things do happen and it does happen to good people.
Q5: Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why)
A5: Hmm, would I go back and change anything, nah, I’m blessed for the life that I have, I’m blessed that I have bumped my head and made some mistakes in my life, you know, made money, lost money, made money again, all these things are apart of life’s process of figuring out where you belong and how to do things the right way, so no I wouldn’t change anything, I am blessed and grateful to be successful and to have what I have but at the same time the downfalls really made me strong and really made me, you know, toughen up my skin, so no I wouldn’t change anything.
Q6: In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done?
A6: In the next two years I aspire to have my solo project Jackie’s Boy, be the biggest thing on the planet. I have really silenced my voice for a long time, until now. This recent surgery, past surgery with my Jaw has taught me that never take a gift for granted, so you know, I have the gift, I am going to use it, I am going to play with it, use it everywhere I can, so this is an awakening for me and I want to obviously win a Grammy with Jackie’s Boy, as the artist and make my family very proud.
Q7: How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician?
A7: Well in the beginning it was out of necessity, you know, I was in a small town of Savannah Georgia and didn’t have very much options besides, you know, obviously doing the blue collar work, which would be being a long sure man or you know, working at chemical plant and things like that and that wasn’t my goal, I was always kinda a left thinker, always a creative brain, so music was really what gave me that outlet, so street performing was the first kind of dose of it. Now more recently, just this past year, I was diagnosed with a Tumour, which was in my Jaw, it was a Tumour growing in my Jaw and the Doctors told me it was going to be a year of recovery and the grace of GOD, I went to another Doctor who was able to get me back up and running within a month and a half, so I’m speaking to you right now with a brand new Jaw, my right Jaw is a titanium plate and it’s been giving me, influence of going what I’ve been through this past year, spending seven hours in surgery, almost losing my voice, doctors didn’t know If I would lose the chance to even speak, so this is awakening for me and it influenced me and it’s the fire in me, to never take a single day for granted, so that’s kinda what’s influencing me right now and that’s what that fire is and I don’t see it going out.
Q8: What lyrics mean the most to you and why (ones you have written and or ones you didn’t write)
A8: I’ve written a lot of songs for a lot of people and one particular song, that really sticks out for me, is a song I wrote for my daughter, it’s called Down To Earth, Justin Bieber recorded it and the lyrics in the hook go “So it’s up to you and it’s up to me, that we met in the middle on our way back down to earth” and it was a very tumultuous time for me because I was fighting with my ex wife and my daughter was in the middle of it and having a child see both sides kinda go at each other is never good and I wrote the song from her perspective. Being a child and seeing two people that she loves, you know, argue and not get on the same page and that song really resonated with me, and after I wrote it, I was really emotional about it, because I think it was the truest thing I had ever written. The next thing I’ve written that sticks with me now is my new single Mad Love, it embodies everything that I’ve been through and it’s dedicated to my wife Sharon, who just loved me unconditionally and it’s dedicated to anybody really, who, when you say ‘Mad Love’ that you love, so harsh, that you love so tough, that you love no matter what comes your way, and your with that person for life.
Q9: If you could collaborate with anyone who would to it be and why?
A9: If I could collaborate with anybody it would probably be Ed Sheeran, I think that his writing style is amazing, the way that he approaches a song is just beautiful and you know I just really love that and I am planning on coming out to London, real soon, so Ed if you read this definitely let’s connect, I think it would be really cool.
Q10: What is the most inspiring message you have internalized in life so far?
A10: I wrote something on my twitter a couple days ago that said I’m bigger than your opinion of me. What I mean by that is, the noise of people’s thoughts or ideas or opinions can sometimes get overcrowded, but you have to say, what I’ve told myself is that I’m bigger then the hate, the slick remarks, the shade, I’m bigger than all of that stuff that people want to throw at me for doing what I love, then you are too. If you realize that you are a giant in your world and then everything, the negativity, the drama, the stress, all that stuff is hells, it doesn’t even compare to what you are as a person, it doesn’t even compare to what you can accomplish. I think life would be so much easier, we have to compartmentalize the things in our lives and realize what things are important and what things aren’t.
Q11: What is your motto in life/what do you live by?
A1!: I don’t know, eat tacos and write dope shit, haha!
Q12: What is currently on your playlist?
A12: My playlist, man I listen to everything from Empire the Sun, to John Legend, to Frank Sinatra, I’m all over the place but that’s good though.
Q13: If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why?
A13: Man I think it would be ‘Perfect Choas’ I think it would have the beautiful stylings of Louie Armstrongs ‘What A Wonderful World’ and it would be mixed in with some Marylin Manson mixed in with some John Mayer, mixed in with Maxwell, Mixed in with all of these songs that embody my life and I always say I say it, when I do eventually leave this earth, I do want the biggest party ever. I want these songs to play and that be a representation of what I loved and how I loved.
Q14: What are your biggest dreams? and what are your biggest fears?
A14: My biggest dream is to make huge, strides in the music business as an artist, get people to love each other more, connect people with my music, who normally would never talk to each other or would never even you know stand next to each other, be able to agree and go man Jackie’s Boy is dope. When you agree like that, that would be amazing, to see people bond and connect over my music and feel something, feeling something is so important, there’s so much music that you can’t feel or you know or you can’t relate too, I want you to relate what I do and who I am.
My biggest fear honestly would have to be flying, I hate flying, everybody knows this about me, I hate flying. As things progress, I obviously have to continue to get better with it because I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.
Q15: What is next for you/your plans for the next year?
A15: My plans for the next year would be, to continue to write the best music, I’ve ever written, I think I’m in a stage right now where I am writing the best music I’ve ever written, the best material, no exaggeration, just the best material, I plan on going to the Grammys, I plan on going to the different spots, spending some time in London and you know, continuing to build, continuing to grow. GOD understands, and GOD knows what’s in store for me, you know that saying where it says “If you want to make GOD laugh tell him your plans’ so you know my goal is just to be a great person and let GOD move me in whatever direction he wants me to go in.
Q16: What would your advice to be to those out there who want to live out their dreams?
Q17: Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career?
A17: At this point, you can check me out anywhere Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, under Jackie Boyz, Jackie’s Boy, is my artist name, you can follow it there, just check me out, stay tuned and watch me work.