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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jermaine Moses

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jermaine Moses.

Hi Jermaine, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born into a music-loving family of creatives. Raised in church, he had a healthy diet of gospel artists such as Donnie Mcclurkin, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, and Fred Hammond as the musical backdrop of my youth. Between my friends at school and some of my cousins, I began getting exposed to other genres – R&B artists like Montell Jordan, Aaliyah and Brandy, as well as hip-hop artists like Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, and Jay-Z. Growing up, I was surrounded by art – it was just a matter of time until I found a creative path of my own. Poetry was the first way I learned to express myself and my thoughts/feelings and was a comfort throughout my adolescent years as I grew.

“When I was a kid, I didn’t always say what I was feeling out loud, so I would write it down. That’s how I learned to express myself. My pen has been tied to my heart ever since.”

My appreciation for hip-hop and my love for words soon developed into me dabbling with writing rhymes, then writing rap lyrics. Living in a Christian home, hip-hop/rap wasn’t considered appropriate. Set on pursuing my passion, I saved up enough money from my part-time job at Dairy Queen to move out and began writing and recording my own music at age 20.

The next few years would see me create and make connections with a number of local acts, performing shows in the GTA and expanding my craft. As I drew closer to my dreams, I also grew closer to the religion that I had been raised with. This created an internal conflict in me that caused me to question if music was a path I could really take.

“I felt like I had no way of winning. If I keep making music, I’m not being true to my faith and dedication to God. But if I’m not making music, I’m not being true to my passion and what’s in my heart. I was stuck.”

After years of trying to stay away from creating music (“I said I ‘retired’, but my brain would still be coming up with rhymes, rhyme schemes, and melodies”), I decided enough was enough. Instead of trying to lean away from my passion, this thing that was clearly a part of me, I would lean into it.

“I came to the realization that God gives us gifts to share with others, not to let go to waste or to keep for ourselves. As long as I know I’m creating from a genuine place, I’m good.”

After reintroducing myself to the world with a slew of mini-EP’s, I plan on attacking 2022 with collaborations with other artists while I work on a full-length project of my own.

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?
Far from a smooth road, but whose is nowadays? I feel like you’re not doing something right if your road hasn’t had any obstacles. I’d say the biggest challenge I faced was trying to figure out how to become an artist full-time while keeping the lights on and being a dad. It’s something I’m still trying to figure out.

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?
I do everything from songwriting to studio recording and vocal production. I’m in the early stages of learning to produce as well. Rapping was really the first thing I got comfortable doing and got good at. I still have higher heights to get to there, definitely. But crafting my sound, mixing great lyricism and songwriting with melodies and heart music, that’s me to a tee. I think that’s what sets me apart, and I’m most proud of that.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
Trusting the process. If you do the work and focus on growth and development, the results will come eventually.

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Charles Stanislaw Graham @stan.islaw

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