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Life & Work with Ono August

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ono August.

Hi Ono, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I want to first thank you for having me. Now to began with me, I was born and raised in South Central LA. I grew up in a pretty big family. My mom Kim Shelby introduced me to music through her amazing talent of singing, she is a gospel singer.  I remember being 11 or 12 sitting in the studio with her begging to do background vocals, crazy because she let me! So, I’m actually on some of her albums. I would causally do music with my friends by free-styling and making songs on our iPhones. After high school, I went to college and majored in psychology. Right before my last year Covid happened. For the first time in a long time I had nothing but time, so I started writing again. With all the problems and stories that I had from my life, I found myself in a whole different genre and style than I was previously introduced to. This is where we currently are doing music full-time, sharing pieces of my life, and stories with people. It’s had its ups and downs, but for sure more ups than downs so wouldn’t change it for nothing!

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?
Nah, definitely won’t say life has been a smooth road. When I was 12 years old, I suffered a head injury which resulted in a fractured skull injury. That was one of the toughest times thus far. I was in therapy four days a week for like a year and half. And till this day, I still get really bad migraines that put me down for days. That was just the beginning as I grew older from where I’m from. I was exposed to a lot of things around me with not a lot of people to talk to about it or even help me deal with it. So, mentally I went through a lot of these things by myself and never really told anyone. I was 15 & 16 years old losing friends to death and jail. With all that going I was getting myself into so much trouble. I got kicked out of high school twice. There are a lot of other things that just weigh on me that I haven’t even began to unpack and deal with yet. So yeah definitely far from smooth but I’m not complaining at all. Although it wasn’t easy I have had fun and good memories too. All in all it hasn’t all bad either.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I want the reader to know that they are amazing no matter how hard it may look or feel just keep your eyes on the light at the end of the tunnel. Also, I want them to know that I’m an RnB artist that loves music and a true student of the game. I’m still on the come up but me and my team have been finding our footing with our small victories & successes along the way. I would say I’m best known for my latest EP ‘Love Fright’. Which I would to love to for you to check out if you haven’t already. Ironically it was received pretty well and we have seen some international love, and that was so good to see. What I’m most proud of is creating my own entity. Last year, I created my music collective ‘The ONO Familli’. Just seeing something that started off as a thought come to fruition the way it has with my family and friends while is truly my main focus right now.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
Honestly, it’s the fact that I’m really like that with hoops. Like before the music, I was really invested in my basketball career. I went to El Camino Junior College & played basketball there. Before leaving college I was in talks with Dean College in Boston about a scholarship. So yeah that was life before music, most of the people who know me from music wouldn’t know that. Lastly, when most people say they good in basketball, they really don’t be. They be capping (lying). This is not one of those times. I am not capping. I’m really that guy.

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