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Meet Denaisya Houston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Denaisya Houston.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started out in Boston, Massachusetts with my mom, dad, and my other four siblings. My mom was my idol, I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. I was always inspired by her talent, fun nature, and her ability to always provide us with more than enough even while being a single mom and living in a shelter for a period of time, My mom is the best and especially at singing. She and my father helped to foster my love for music and ever since I could remember I sang and wanted to become a singer professionally. Growing up in Boston I got the chance to be exposed to various artist and types of music. The main way I got that exposure came from my mom working alongside students at Berklee College of Music for praise team rehearsals and throwing events at our church where famous gospel artist would come and perform. Also my dad for a time worked on production with various artist in the Boston area. Having the opportunity to be surrounded by so many professional artist and my mom, I was able to better train my voice and ear to hear pitch and what does and doesn’t sound good to me, which really helped to shape my sound. This led to me winning small talent competitions at after school programs. My sister and I even got the chance to record vocals on one MAJORs first albums, which we were probably 9 and 10 at the time. My life was going exactly the way I had wanted, and I already had my entire school career mapped out.

I would go to Boston Arts Academy high school and when I graduated then go to Berklee College of Music like so many of my mom’s friends. I saw it all and I was really excited about my future especially with all of the positive affirmation I got from others bout my singing. But then when I was 12 years old, my mom had dropped the bomb on my sister and I that we were moving to Georgia. With all of my family and friends in Boston and my future career, I wasn’t the happiest when I heard the news. I remember thinking that my dreams had all been crushed now and there was no way I’d be able to do what I wanted to do living in Georgia. There was no changing my mom’s decision, I realized as we packed up the moving truck and drove down to Marietta, Georgia. My life in Georgia has been anything but boring from being kicked out of my house when I was 17, to being a vagabond during my college years 2013-2014 with no job. I felt as if my life had taken a turn for the worst. My saving grace was my relationship with God, music, my sister, and various friends. They helped me when I had nothing and music and God helped me get through the toughest mental breakdowns I had. February 2015, I was finally able to get a decent job being a server at Olive Garden because my sister worked there. So I served at Olive Garden for three years and had decided I was just going to focus on being a stable adult and nothing else mattered. I sang for church events here and there with old friends but that’s as far as I went with music.

At the being of 2018, I was getting tired of doing the same old thing with my life and decided to apply to become a flight attendant. After a few failed attempts, I finally got the job to be a flight attendant for a major airline, I was so excited! After training, I moved to Chicago and started living a new life but I found myself still sad and feeling like I wasn’t living my purpose. So I took a five months break from flying to really figure out what was wrong and why I felt so empty, and with the help of the Holy Spirit I realized the void in my life was from pushing my dream of singing down and not moving towards it. So I decided it was finally time to come out of hiding and write my first song “The Real Me” to hopefully help those who have also experienced the things I have. Since writing The Real Me ive gotten just an influx of lyrics and melodies. It’s like all of a sudden the musical floodgates have been opened back in my life, and my dream has come back a live! I had lost hope for so long that music wasn’t even an option for me anymore and was more of a pipe dream. The Lord has blessed me to not only be able to write and release my first song and have it on platforms such as Trackstarz. But to also be able to become a flight attendant, travel the world. I never in a million years thought that I would be living this type of life. This journey has been such a beautiful thing and I’m learning to live in each and every moment and opportunity that the Lord presents me with, and I’m just so excited to see where else this journey will lead me!

Great, 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?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. I really had to get to a place mentally where I was healthy and didn’t want to just give up. There were many nights where I contemplated suicide and the thought honestly gave me comfort. Comfort in knowing I wouldn’t have to suffer any more from feeling like a complete and utter failure. My relationship with the Lord has really helped me to climb out of the hole of depression and realize that my life is worth living because He has a purpose for me. Also financially, I didn’t have a job for three years after I graduated high school and lived and ate by bouncing from couch to couch because I didn’t have a place to stay. I’m blessed to have a sister who took me in. She lived with a roommate so she and I shared a room and a bed. It was really rough but she put up with me. Also, my friend let me stay at her house many nights and I would get food from her house. It wasn’t fun.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an R&B artist and I like to write songs about my life and the lessons I’ve learned along the way. I strive to be a person of encouragement and light to those who are in dark places or want to give up. I am really proud to have my song The Real Me be featured on Trackstarz radio, website, and social media outlets. I think what sets me apart would be my sound and my message. I haven’t heard any artist who has the message I do couple with the sound I have. But I am so thankful for those artist who have come before me to pave the way to do what I do now.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I would have to say humility but also confidence. They may sound like they cancel the other out but I don’t believe humility is not having confidence. I believe humility is not thinking more highly of yourself than you should. But being confident in what you have, who you are, and knowing that you are unique and no one else can be you.

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