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Meet Jaira Byrams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaira Byrams.

Jaira, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My story starts with me having a love for the arts since I was a baby. I started singing in the church when I was about two years old, but I come from a background of music. My dad and his three brothers had an r&b gospel group back in the day. And on my grandmother’s side, I’m great cousins with Dizzy Gillespie. Music has always been a passion of mine but it wasn’t until I was about 6/7 till I realized I wanted to take it serious. I started off in small plays, once on the island was the first role I ever booked I was seven years old. The rest of the crew couldn’t believe the talent and energy I had for being so young, but even then, I knew I wanted to use my gift to make others happy. After that, I did larger plays like Annie. Went on at the age of 10/11 to do broadway. My mom played a big part in helping me realize singing and acting was something I wanted to do. We lived in Maryland which was four hours away from New York but pretty much drove up whenever I had an audition, callback or show.

After that time period in my life, I think me and my parents had the realization that this was something that I was destined for. That being said, we packed up all our bags and drove across the states and moved to California. It was a very rocky but life-changing experience, upon moving out here both of my parents lost their jobs and my dad actually tore his Achilles. I missed out on birthdays, Christmas, the most important things to a child but I feel these events have shaped me into who I am today. We moved out here in 2013 which was bittersweet because it was the right before my high schools homecoming game. I went from knowing everybody and being ms popular to not having many. It was a very humbling experience but like I said, it’s the very same reason why I am the person I am today. California was a big adjustment coming from Maryland.

But throughout it all, I never lost sight of what I wanted to do which was change the world through my music. Despite all the hardships we went through we got in good with some fairly connected people and I was able to release my first single in 2014, a year later, titled “in this together”, there were a lot of police brutality and civil rights issues going on at the time and I thought what other perfect opportunitie then to let people hear your voice and how you feel about the world through your music. Since then, fast forward to 2019, five years later, I’ve been on a long journey to find myself as an artist and who I am and what I truly want out of this industry. I know my goal is to help and heal and also spread love and light no matter what color, the gender you are or your political background.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not, being a black woman in this industry, I feel I have to face more obstacles than others. You have to try twice as hard because the competition is very intense. Especially in a place like Los Angeles. Everyone is here for practically the same thing, as far as my personal life it wasn’t easy either. Sacrificing my years of fun and being a kid just to help my parents out and try to survive. It definitely took a toll, as well as not really having a lot of friends because of my introverted personality. I struggled the first couple of years in school because everyone was click-based. And I couldn’t understand befriending someone just because of their social status, so I pretty much was a loner in high school. But it added a lot of fuel to my music and acting and once people saw that I was really good in those areas they started to gravitate towards me. I think everyone comes into this industry knowing it won’t be easy, but that’s what makes the success so worth it once you get it. Is knowing you’ve never given up, no matter how many or what hardships you’ve faced.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I am a singer-songwriter actress, dancer and a model. I also make people laugh from time to time :), although I have all of these talents, I would say I am most known for my singing and songwriting abilities. I’ve been singing since the age of two and I started writing poetry at the age of 11. I am most proud of my ability to be transparent. I feel like as an artist, you spend most of your time trying to carve out ways to gravitate towards a specific group of people or one type of fan base but I wouldn’t say I do. I feel as though what makes my voice and lyrics so powerful it that I want everyone to be able to relate. Old, young, white black, gay-straight. Whatever the case may be, when you listen to my music, you don’t feel excluded, transparency is key to me in a world like today. Especially for the youth. I also think that’s going to set me apart and put me in a totally different lane than most of the artists you see out

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck in spirit maybe. The rest was hard work, I feel like only the people who come in this industry wanting a quick fix or a quick 5 minutes of fame experience any type of hard work. I will say I’m fairly connected and have been blessed to be around some very talented individuals growing up. And most of them are my friends and family. ❤

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