TJ Perry is a soul-funk singer who is currently living and working in Austin Texas. TJ is our latest Sonicbids feature artist competition winner and we were delighted when he took some time from his busy schedule to complete an interview with Song Revelation. Read the entire, in depth, interview below where TJ discusses, amongst other things, his home city of Dallas, what he does to relax when not working and what he’s been working on for the last 12 months.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
I mesh soul, funk and pop styles to make magic. It’s quite different from what’s already out there. My goal is to show my styles of versatility of what inspires me. I’m not just your typical singer -songwriter; I really put on a show.
Q: What is your musical background?
I have a rich heritage of music in my blood. My great uncle fronted the infamous Los Angeles gospel group, The Zion Travelers and my cousin Ernest Lee serves as one of the founding members of gospel group The Relatives. He has shared the stage with the likes of Tye Tribbett and Kirk Franklin, and I accredit singing with my Grandfather as being the foundation to my love of music.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
The last 12 months have been a true blessing. I honestly can’t complain. I put out an EP, which was my goal. It’s only been out two months and things are going great. Most importantly the fans are enjoying the music, which is what really matters.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Where do I start? So many artists inspire me to be honest. Let’s see, Bill Withers, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Sam Sparro, Frankie Beverly, Ray LaMontagne, Prince, Maxwell, Gary Clark Jr., Kimbra, Ne-Yo and more , so many more . Those are just a few.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Lately, I’ve been really rockin to Sam Sparrow, John Legend, Gary Clark Jr. and ZZ Ward. They all have some pretty hot stuff out right now.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Haha! Sam Sparrow, John Legend, Gary Clark Jr. and Maxwell.
Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?
Sam Sparrow, John Legend, Gary Clark Jr. and Maxwell, Sam Cooke , Kimbra and more!
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
Writing what I feel, and collaborating with my band to create magic.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
I feel like it’s all very important, but having a really hot hook works!
Q: Where are you based?
I’m currently in Austin, Texas. I moved out here for a bit, to see what the music scene was like.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
I’m originally from Dallas, but since I’ve moved to Austin it’s been different. There different types of music out here. There is a lot of live music, its pretty cool and very hipster.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I currently writing some new material and collaborating with friends on different projects. I’m looking ahead for the next album, I’m excited for the future.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Releasing my EP to the world and being able to perform the new material to the fans
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
Releasing a full album, building a bigger fan base and meeting more people in the industry!
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
All updates on my shows are available on my website.
Q: What do you do to relax?
I listen to music to relax. I write music to relax as well, I workout to relax as well. I pray.
Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?
Lizard Island in Australia would be a really cool place to go. I love the ocean and it would just be really cool.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
Don’t let anyone stop you from chasing your dream. I haven’t and I’m not. Be prepared to have people talk about you, both positively and negatively. Some people will like you and some won’t, but that’s just the way it is. Know who you are!
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
I’m a guy with a dream and I love music. I just want to share it with the world.
Editor’s Note: TJ Perry has a great live set, an enchanting soulful voice and some great melodies with a commercial edge. TJ is definitely one of Song Revelation’s artists to watch!
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