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Rising Stars: Meet Khristian Foreman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Khristian Foreman.

Hi Khristian, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I was born in Detroit, MI where I grew up around music. Being in Motown, I was introduced to live music as a child. My late grandmother affectionately known as “Queen” used to sing every chance she got and had a voice that amazed many. I was involved in band since middle school and started out on Bassoon. Then in Highschool, I learned the Trombone for my high school’s marching band. Unfortunately, I had to give up Bassoon because of a freak accident that happened after my first year of high school and I committed to Trombone as my primary instrument. I got a full ride to attend Jackson State University where I got to march in the award-winning “Sonic Boom of The South”. A lot of people noticed that I had a gift for playing my instrument and also how much of a musician I was. Outside of college, I started performing with some of the best musicians in Jackson because people referred me to people. Whenever I went back to Detroit for summer breaks, I’d also get referred to people as well. It’s a blessing when people name drops you in a positive light and your actions can back up their referrals too.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Not at all. But honestly, My bumpy road has made me who I am so I regret nothing I have been through. From getting my horn stolen from me at gunpoint heading home from a gig and even being flat broke and having to work odd jobs just to get by. I’ve had days where I’ve been filled with doubt and even depression, But I always have been a genuine and positive person no matter my circumstances. I never wanted to be a victim of my circumstances. My parents were big enforcers of never ever giving up and giving in and I thank them for that. I still have rough times now and again but my perception gets me through. I always find the good in things.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a professional trombonist and bass trombonist. I play in all genres of music and record multitrack trombone stems doing video game music and more. People know me because of my approach to the instrument and showcasing it in untypical ways, my approach to harmony and I’m always my authentic self. I produce as well and I love making Neo Soul, House Music & EDM. I’m most proud of recently receiving a Grammy Nomination for my work with International Gospel Recording Artist Kierra Sheard.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Moving to Los Angeles, CA has definitely been the biggest risk I’ve taken. It’s been two months and I still am in shock. I’m still here. I bet on myself. We often sacrifice for others but let me tell you sacrificing for yourself is a different ballgame. It takes a lot of love, courage, growing pains and fortitude. I feel like risk is a double-edged sword, but if you can take a calculated risk, you now prepare yourself for the possibilities of not only the best happening but the worst happening as well. A lot of people will shoot down your dreams and the risks you want to take as well and I’ve dealt with that my whole life. I have learned, Always trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, then it isn’t right. Also, Chances make champions. Period.

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