Today we’d like to introduce you to Mori White.
Mori, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Ever since I was a child, music reached me on a sonic level. It was like our souls intertwined. Music is what would set the tone for the day. I knew it as a child, I would find myself writing raps and simply trying to make words rhyme. At that time, most of my raps would be about basketball, because that was/is one of my first loves as well, I played from age three to age twenty. So because as a child that was all I knew, it was inevitable that most of my songs would be about the sport I loved so deeply. Fast forward some years from my childhood, so now I am about twelve, I finally make a complete song – verses and hook. It was still about basketball, but I was so proud because it was a full complete song. When I tell you the verses and the hooks were so contradicting as far as the melody goes, its funny to even think back on it. At the time, I thought it was the hottest thing ever. I also remember around this time that my mom would let my brother and I have talent shows some nights at the house, and she and my aunt would be the only audience. Every time it was time for me to go, I would do something that would relate to music and my artistry. It is just bred in me to be an artist. I can inspire so many.
Fast forward again in time, now I am about seventeen and I am in college at Biola University. Music is on the back burner because I have a scholarship to play basketball and I wanted to perform well. One weekend though, I drove home to see my mom and she asked me to go with her to my older brother’s studio session. I thought it would be a cool experience, so I went. Being in the studio that day and seeing how it worked and the vibe of it, reminded me why I love music so much. I left that studio that night feeling recharged musically and that is when I started chasing the artist’s life fully. I dove headfirst trying to balance school, basketball, and music. It was tough but I managed. I had times where I really had to sit and just figure out my sound. I have changed it many of times until I figured it out for me, but music is evolutionary anyway. Sound is always changing, you have to be able to evolve with the music. So I am grateful for the nights I spent recording songs that would never see the light of day because it helped me grow in my craft. I started at seventeen (2014) recording in an actual studio and didn’t put out my first song until April of 2018. It took me that long to grow and figure it out but you can’t appreciate the success without embracing the journey.
So I put out my first single and everyone loves it, I embrace the positive reviews and even the critiques. You cannot please everyone. So we fast forward again to today and I am aligned and very intentional with my craft because I have graduated from college (May 2018) and I have the time to really press in and be Mori White, the artist. I have made monumental strides and everything has been falling into place. I am grateful. I have my next single coming out on August 16th, called “2005”, it’s real and raw. Everything I speak ion my music is from experience. My real life, I put my heart in it. I am Mori White, the artist, and soon the world will know.
Has it been a smooth road?
Of course with anything in life it is never going to be a smooth road to get to something you are trying to accomplish. Especially if it’s being an artist or trying open your own business or be your own boss. It is never easy. You have to fight for what you want, be diligent and persistent. Never give up. I feel like it is easy to get wrapped up in the idea of wanting overnight success, but you really have no idea how many hours you have to put in in the dark before you get to the place you are trying to get to. Nothing happens overnight, but if you believe in yourself and never give up, manifestation is right around the corner. For me, some struggles I have had while chasing my passion is that it takes time. It shouldn’t be a struggle but it is. You can want something so bad that you just want it to happen right now but it doesn’t. Once I realized I have to step back and embrace my journey and trust timing and trust the Lord’s timing, my outlook and my progress began to enhance. There is a plan for me and as long as I put in the groundwork and keep my faith, I will get to my end goal. There is no denying me. That is something we can apply to life, put in the groundwork and keep your faith. No one said it would be easy, there are going to be nights where you feel like giving up and feel like no one will give you the chance you need, but your time is coming. Never give up on yourself and embrace the journey.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an artist from Inglewood, CA. I rap and I sing. I make music thats real life and I feel like it is relatable for most people. What I am most proud of is my ability to never quit and give up on myself. To constantly evolve and take lemons and make lemonade. I see where I am at today and realize that it is further than where I was yesterday or a year ago. I am proud that I have stuck to my morals and my beliefs and that my faith is diligent. I feel like what sets me apart from others is that this is bigger than me. This isn’t just about me, this is about how I can use my gift and platform to inspire and help others. Give back and make a change. Create hope where this is none or the lack thereof.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In the next five to ten years, I see the music industry changing and evolving. The popular and dominant sound always changes over the course of the years and I am excited to grow as the music does while keeping my foundation in the midst of it all. I see that more female artists will be embraced and it will be an equally dominant male and female industry. I love the fact that there are so many females out right now, and to see them supporting each other is encouraging. I see all people being represented in the future, no matter their gender, sexual orientation, or any of that. The music industry is becoming more inclusive little by little and I am loving it.
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Andrew M. (@niftyshots)