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Daily Inspiration: Meet Iruz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Iruz.

Hi Iruz, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Yes, hello! Thanks for having me. My name is Iruz (pronounced eye-rooz). I’m a 26 year old singer/songwriter from Florida. I began singing at the age of four, in Antioch Zion Orthodox Primitive Baptist Church, in the Youth Choir, in Orlando, FL. I had always loved music and the way it moved people at the core. From a young age, I loved to sing but not in front of people. It wasn’t until 5th grade that I became more comfortable with it with encouragement from my parents and my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Brooks. From then on, I participated in choir, musical theater and concert choir up until I graduated college from Florida A&M University. While there, I joined Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and was encouraged to eventually put out music. I put music on hold to move to Oakland, CA in 2018, to pursue my master’s in Expressive Arts Therapy. While here, I performed in various spaces. I lost my father September 2020, which prompted me to begin to release music and I released my first two singles ever. If it had not been for people believing in my gift and pushing me to be the best version of myself, I would not be here, in California living my dream as a music artist. I am just beginning and excited to see where this gift will take me.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
“It definitely hasn’t always been smooth. I’d say three biggest struggles were dealing with vocal nodes, being homesick, and losing my Dad while being over thousands of miles away.

I had vocal nodules for majority of 2018 from over singing and at one point lost my passion for it. I didn’t feel supported anymore and I was on vocal rest per the doctor’s orders. It changed my voice as it came back but it has made me a better caretaker of my vocal chords.

Then I moved to California on my own and it was absolutely heartbreaking. I am southern girl through and through so there was somewhat of a culture shock. About four years later, I have a home here, and I love it. Losing my dad was tough because I am Daddy’s girl and he was my biggest supporter and inspiration. My dad had a lovely baritone voice but could sing tenor if need be. Sometimes it’s hard to hear myself sing because I shape my vowels in the same ways he did.”

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am an rnb/neo soul singer. I have my roots in gospel, jazz and classic soul. I am most known for belting, scatting and my tone. While full-time, I am a therapist. I use music in sessions as means of communicating. I am most proud of how I bring the arts into everything that I do and how I use it as a tool for healing.

I believe what sets me apart is that I genuinely do it for the sole reason of making others smile. Nothing makes me happier than being able to warm someone’s heart or brighten my day with my voice. I love music at its core.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
People can best work with me by e-mailing me or dm’ing me on Instagram @iruzmusic. I am currently working on a website.

Best way to support me would be to follow me on Instagram @iruzmusic or Facebook at @Iruz (Iruzmusic). Also, by sharing my music that is out on all streaming platforms. Including some covers on SoundCloud.

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Dorean Raye

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