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Check Out J’lan Oliver’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to J’lan Oliver.

Hi J’lan, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
For as long as I can remember writing has always been an outlet to express myself. My mother introduced me to poetry when I was around six years old. I gravitated towards the works of Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, & Gwendolyn Brooks to name a few. It wasn’t before long I started creating my own poems. Over time these poems turned into verses and the verses became songs. As I got deeper into it, I learned to play the guitar & piano through YouTube and making covers. I never thought about making music as a career, it was more for self-healing than anything. It wasn’t until around the age of 20 when I decided that this is what I wanted to do with my life. I built up the courage to drop out of school started to pursue my passion. In 2018, I released my debut EP “Acoustic Odyssey”. From there, I’ve been able to travel and collaborate with many artists and have only gotten better.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Is the road to success ever smooth lol? There have been many obstacles I’ve had to overcome, and some I have yet to conquer. A big one for me was simply having confidence in myself. I’m not the first artist to struggle with that and I definitely won’t be the last. As a music artist, it can be hard not to tie success with confidence. I’m not a well-known artist, I don’t have 1 million followers, and my music doesn’t have millions of streams. Does that mean I’m not any good? Does that mean no one cares? Why even bother making music if no one is going to appreciate it? It is important to remember why you do it. Current struggles I face are the lack of resources. Being an independent artist is super challenging because you often have to wear many hats. There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes that the average person doesn’t know, you have to be your own manager, learn the business side of things, learn how to market, etc. it’s a lot of responsibility for one person to handle and at times very overwhelming.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m an artist. I’ve always been into self-expression, I specialize in and am known for making music. What sets me apart from other artists is my talent & versatility. I’m a self-taught guitarist/pianist that can rap, write, & sing as well as anyone in the game. My style allows me to blend and move through different genres of music effortlessly. My catalog ranges from Afrobeat to pop to R&B, old school as well as new school rap. I’m most proud of my debut EP “Acoustic Odyssey” in which I wrote and produced all on my own.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to “Slow Down”. It’s hard to be patient when you want something so badly. You stress over it, it consumes your every thought, and it can be frustrating when the things you want to happen aren’t happening fast enough. Over time I’ve learned that things will happen when they’re supposed to and not a moment before. I’ve learned that the only thing I can control is myself and the things I can do to get better everyday so when my opportunity comes, I’ll be prepared for it. I’ve learned now that my path is different from everyone else’s and that the journey is the dream.

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