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Daily Inspiration: Meet J.Cymone

Today we’d like to introduce you to J.Cymone.

Hi J.Cymone, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Born and raised in the Bay, I grew up on the San Francisco Peninsula which exposed me to many creative opportunities as a child. I feel like the city’s extremely diverse demographic (San Francisco) shaped me as an artist. I was raised in a musical household (there was always music playing) my family would say I’ve been singing since I could talk. It’s always been music for me, but 2016 was when I walked away from my career in healthcare administration and went full time with it.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not at all. I’m not ashamed to share, I struggled to find my footing in music. More often than not, I wasn’t taken serious as an artist and was outwardly discouraged on more than one occasion. As a visibly plus-size woman, it was repeatedly suggested that I should focus on writing for other “more marketable” artists. I struggled to find producers to help me articulate my sound and was told that “my sound” was too ambiguous or too “all over the place”. It was a total frustration and I found that after a time, I’d lost the love for creation. So much so that I walked away from my public pursuits in the music industry for almost five years which I spent looking internally and reconnecting to my purpose. Those five years away from creating music are like a fog to me now, but I don’t regret taking that time away from the stress and pressure. It was in those five years that I grew into the woman I am today. I took the time to truly focus on my health; mentally, physically, and spiritually and in doing so gained confidence in myself and my craft.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
J.Cymone is a “Future Soul” singer, writer, storyteller, curator of positive vibes and good energy. I use my voice to weave textures; inviting my listeners into an intimately soulful, often eclectic safe space. Through my use of emotion, I create a space for my listeners to shed the acceptable and embrace the shared experience of humanity. Love, sensuality, growth, self-doubt, empowerment, and glamour are themes I often explore in my music and I definitely draw from my own personal experiences. I strive to remain authentic and true to self in my lyrics and messaging. I’m really proud of that.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
“Do You” whatever that means for you. My best creative moments came easy once I silenced the outer and focused on the inner. Also, I would say live your life, find balance, don’t get so caught chasing your dream that you miss out on the beauty of it all. Don’t fear the silence or the downtimes. A lot of us get nervous when there’s no pressing engagement and/or opportunity. Use this time to master your craft and solidify your message; “stay ready, don’t gotta get ready” Treasure your champions and your supporters but most importantly have fun!

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