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Meet D.Steele, R&B artist and Entrepreneur

Today we’d like to introduce you to D.Steele.

Hi D.Steele, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Music has always been in me. I started with my church youth choir, and then I got involved with a local singing group named the “Florida Singing Sons Boychoir.” With the choir, I was able to hone my music skills, really understanding how to read, write, and sing music from 2003 to 2013, I was able to make musical magic with them and explore my creative side.

After that, I started college and began to figure out what I wanted to do/be in life. I began to study accounting and put music aside thinking, “It will always be there.” In 2017, I began to really miss it. I met a friend of mine, Papii Steez. that encouraged me to get my head back in the game. SO I just started by writing, and for two years after that, I just wrote, no singing, just pure writing. But in 2019, Pregressive Black Men, Inc. at Florida Atlantic University hosted their Blazers and the Arts show with a theme of “Motown,” and I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to perform. After performing there, the creative fire was reignited, and I began to get back into the groove. I soon got in the studio for the first time as a featured artist on Mista Rayy’s track “Hesitate.” Later on, I released my first ever song, “Betrayal.” In 2020, I performed once again at FAU PBM’s Blazers event and, shortly after, released the leading single to my EP “Letters from the Heart” entitled “Conversations.” My second single, “Exit’ followed just a few months after. Now my full EP is out now.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The road has been somewhat smooth but I do still face my own challenges. When it comes to writing, sometimes I just can’t get past writer’s block and maybe stuck for days or weeks. While other times music inspiration comes instantly. But my greatest challenge is getting my name and music out there. It’s one thing to send it to any and everyone, but gaining the traction I’m looking for is a tougher journey. But one thing this has taught me is to keep trying. Look for different ways to market myself and my music that sets me apart from others. Eventually, my music will make it to the right listeners.

We’ve been impressed with OddlyFresh Clothing, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
OddlyFresh Clothing is a brand that I started with my cousin and friend. The goal we had in mind was to bring swagger and a retro fashion sense back to the world. We started in 2019, and since then we’ve has some ups and some downs just like with any business. We specialize in streetwear for men and women. Items such as t-shirts, shorts, crop tops for the ladies, hoodies, sweaters, and jackets. The quality of the clothes we provide is what I believe sets us apart from others. We find the best quality because we want to be known as a company that provides the best to its customers. What’s made me most proud would have to be, getting featured in FAU NK’s White Noise fashion show. It was the first time that we were able to showcase our clothing and be a vendor in front of a large group at once. That night also brought some great results as we sold out of all the merchandise we brought for the show! We want people to know that you should always stay true and continue to be the best version of you. What’s normal to you may be Odd to others. Stay different, Be Oddly!

What’s next?
I really plan to go deeper into music. Working with other artists and gaining knowledge and new perspectives on how to go about being a creative mind. Hopefully post-pandemic, I can begin to do shows and just get to see the world in a different light from a musician’s standpoint. As for the near future, I plan on releasing more music and stepping beyond my comfort zone.

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@Stephan_Reese @Nadias_Visual

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