Today we’d like to introduce you to Porter Shields.
Porter, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m an artist & entrepreneur from East Atlanta, born in Memphis. I’ve performed, recorded and/or toured with Joe Budden, Kanye West, Rita Ora, Pyer Moss, The Roots, Harry Styles, Hailee Steinfeld and others. I also lived in London for a few years and relocated to Brooklyn recently.
As a backup singer I performed on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Voice, X-Factor, Brit Awards, Later with Jools Holland, and Wireless Fest.
Lately, my focus is center-stage. My brothers, DropTop Shawtee, Real 1Nation and I started a production company called Jukebox Junkies. My ep “Bleu Dream” was released under our company that placed my first two billboards in Times Square NYC as a solo artist with this project. Scottie Smalls from Richmond, CA co-produced “Bleu Dream” with me. I played an original set at Glastonbury Festival, BBC Introducing Radio and Reprezent Radio in the UK.
On New Years Eve 2019 I released my new single “4 SHOTS” on my Jukebox Junkies label. The single “4 SHOTS” was produced by two of my childhood friends Dat Guy and Zay Vonsway. Their production duo is known as The Brand Music Group. We all grew up together on the Eastside of Atlanta.
In spring 2020 I will be releasing more singles and a complete project. This project is being produced by The Brand, Big Ran from Very Rare Ltd, The Democratz & 6Mile JP. Between all of them they’ve worked with Nipsey Hussle, Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla $ign, Young Thug, Travis Scott, Lil Baby, Future, YG, Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane, T.I., Rich The Kid, Snoop Dogg, 2Chaniz, Young Dro, Yo Gotti, Kevin Gates, and K Camp.
Also, I just returned from Ghana writing with artists as part of a collective 19Fifty7. Jukebox Junkies is producing a new web series called “The BLVD” and releasing our new merch and clothing brand “Psunami”.
I have a show in Silver Lake – East LA on February 8th 2020. It’s part of a house show tour series. Location TBA via IG @PorterShields and Twitter @PorterShields on February 1st, one week prior to the event.
My team and I are creating and riding our own wave (Psunami). Our message is simple. The limits are really in our own minds. It’s about creating the life you want for yourself! I want to contribute in a way that is instrumental in pushing boundaries in music, TV, business and in my community while bridging the gap between creators worldwide.
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?
Finding work as I transitioned from different cities was smooth. But being from such an influential city and maintaining my own creative identity in a different country was extremely tough. A lot of times I don’t feel like my regional culture is fully understood or respected and that is challenging. I naturally adapt and it’s hard to stay rooted when I don’t have consistent access to what is familiar to me and has helped me thrive as a creator.
Jukebox Junkies Records – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Jukebox Junkies Records is a full-service entertainment production company. We provide songwriting arrangements, music production, visual production and live show production. What makes us different is that we are multi-genre: Trap, R&B/Soul, Pop, Gospel, Hip-Hop and more recently Afro-Music. I’m most proud that we focus on community. We’ve partnered with churches, children’s hospitals, youth detention centers and have taken donations to assist the homeless population. Our goal is to eventually have an entertainment community space for kids and teens to give them something productive to do after school and weekends. That’s down the pipeline.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Being able to truly be myself at all times is the single most important thing. That means I will always follow my gut. Being able to travel a lot with music and for fun helped me see the world and the people in it differently. To notice what we have in common, how we differ and what is happening consistently around the globe. It helps when I don’t waver on who I am.
- Website: www.portershields.com
- Phone: 4043956366
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- Instagram: Instagram.com/PorterShields
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