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Meet Ralph Watkins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ralph Watkins.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in the city of Torrance. My dad was a teacher. My mom worked in an office job. Life was not too hard for me, besides the quite fair amount of mental disabilities I have. Despited that life was good. When I was in third grade, I decided to take be part in an extracurricular music class once a week to get out of class, and that decision would change my life forever. Sending me way off the path my parents originally had me on, which included playing every recreational sport out there to get me a scholarship to someplace. My life had a passion. It wasn’t something I saw as a way to bank my entire career on. It was just a past time to keep me doing something that wasn’t illegal, but then when I got to college, it soon became everything I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I met a man on the sidewalk while walking home to my current house, which leads me to be the artist that I am today.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a trombone player, well that’s only a small piece. I am a self-taught all brass player, horn arranger, aspiring singer-songwriter. Most of all and what I will tell most people I meet, I am an Entertainer! I love to sing, dance, make a fool of myself, whatever it takes for people to have a good time. I love to create works with others and collaborate as well as a teacher, teach others the things I had to figure out on my own. Give people the tools to make others happy or to do that myself when anyone meets me. People call me a lot of things; silly, goofy, stubborn, hardworking, ridiculous, and many more, but my favorite one is fun. I love to see people happy and enjoying themselves when I am working that is what I strive to do for the rest of my life

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success in my field depends on what you are trying to set as your goals as an artist. As a professional usually, the top goal would be to make a good living through the career, so success would be having a comfortable or more than comfortable living. Some want to seek fame, so they look for followers, radio play, general stardom and buzz as successes. For a few, it truly is all about the music, and the success can be making music that would truly shine on its own and would eventually outlive the creator. I strive for a bit of all three, but what I feel actually means success for me is on a stage, seeing the people, hearing the claps, and eventually seeing that everyone had fun and enjoyed themselves. When I make someone’s night, I feel like I have succeeded.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have been so blessed to play and work with so many amazing people and artists in my short life here on earth. To support me would be to see your local bands and musicians. If you see with that band or show, saying hi and telling me what you think would mean the world. I post typically when I play shows on my few social media platforms to keep fans in the loop. The absolute best way to support what I do is to reach out to me to work and collaborate. To make create good music, to put on a good show, to entertain people with smiling faces is my whole freaking jam!

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