R&B singer/songwriter and future producer Kerry Thomas (@RealKerryThomas) opens up about his passion for music and his future goals. He makes it very clear that being in a smaller spectrum of cities is not a reason to give up on your passion. For him its all about grinding, raising the bar, work ethic and progression. Music is not just a hobby for Kerry anymore, but a career in the making.
Check out our interview with him below.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Kerry, when did you discover your talent to sing?
Kerry Thomas: I’ve been singing since I was a kid. I started singing in the car with my mom who listens to a lot of old school and artists like Luther Vandross. I was shy to sing at first, so I sung to myself. When I got to college I gained enough confidence to do my first karaoke. In college I had friends that rapped who asked me to sing the hook on their songs and it just went from there. People were receptive to my singing and was asking about an album but I didn’t have one at the time.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: I saw from your Instagram page the video of you singing Chris Brown’s “Fine China” and thought, wow! He has such a soulful and familiar voice.
KT: Lol, yeah I just did that last night. I had to put my own lil’ spin on it.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Just how musically inclined are you?
KT: I write songs and I play the guitar. I bought my first guitar from a pawn shop, got on YouTube and began singing and writing songs.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Can we expect an album?
KT: Well, I already have one album out already titled Eye of The Storm. (Available on Amazon!) I am working on my second project which is untitled at the moment but hopefully will be available the beginning of next year.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Is music just a hobby or you hope to make it your career?
KT: Singing definitely started off as a hobby with no intentions of making it a career. As I kept singing for different events and things, I began making revenue. I love music, it’s what I’m passionate about. I don’t just sing. I write songs, I want to produce and I have sold songs that I’ve written. I wanna do music full time. I love the whole process.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Who are your inspirations?
KT: Wow, I have so many! But Marvin Gaye is one of my favorites. I love what he did to music, how so many years later he still has an impact. People still know every word to his songs. I’m interested in the way he studied music and the way he practiced it.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Where can we see you perform?
KT: I’m glad you asked that! This Friday I have an event at the Mediterranean Fish and Grill on Old Canton Road. The event is called “I Love R&B” and it is hosted by Merc Williams. There will be live Performances by Lavalee, A1, Lou Writer and myself. Doors open at 9. We’ll be doing some giveaways as well so it’s something you don’t wanna miss!
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: What is it like trying to be the next big R&B artist from Mississippi?
KT: Well, I’m originally from Savannah, GA. I lived there with my dad. My mom is from Mississippi. Westpoint, Mississippi and I moved down here with her in 2005. So, I’ve been down here for about 10 years.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Ok, so you’re almost from here. What is it like trying to start as an artist living in Mississippi where we don’t have the same resources as bigger cities?
KT: It’s just a constant grind. It’s not difficult to grind, at least not for me. People see the fruits of my labor and I put in a lot of time. You have to recognize your goals and what you want out of it. My goal is progression. I don’t wanna be where I am today, next year. People are receptive of what I do and my music so I think I’m gonna do good.
Be on the look out for Kerry’s upcoming album sometime next year, but in the meantime, listen to Eye of The Storm which can be purchased on Amazon. Don’t forget! Kerry and more up and coming artists from Mississippi will be at the “I Love R&B” event this Friday at Mediterranean Fish and Grill, doors will open at 9 PM.
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