Musical hip hop sensation, Forever, began his music career as a young child. Inspired by artists like Biggie Smalls and Kanye, he began to pursue his own style of music. Years later, not only is Forever an incredible performer, he is the owner of Kingdom Management Group; a start up record label.
Forever grew up being bullied and feeling unaccepted and rejected. He turned to alcohol, drugs, gangs, the streets, violence and the material things of the world. He acknowledged that he was not only hurting himself, but his destructive lifestyle was hurting his parents. He had strayed far from his loving and spiritual values. After a near drug overdose, he turned back to God and found recovery in NA. Because he lived in the dark for so long, Forever is on a mission to bring truth to the deceived. His story is one of redemption, strength and faith. He took on the alias Forever and said “never again” would he go back to his old lifestyle.
Forever has stated, “My biggest challenge has been keeping the light inside of me burning.” Through all that he has been though, his biggest lesson is to “keep grinding and not to depend on any one person, deal or opportunity.”
I had the opportunity to ask Forever a few questions. Here they are:
Do you think that an online presence is important?
An online presence is critical for people to find you and imperative for others see your information, music and videos quickly.
What do you think about online music sharing?
I think online sharing is good and bad. Good if your looking for exposure, but bad if your trying to make money by selling music.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
I keep moving forward. My advice to a new comer would be that it is acceptable to be nervous, but use that feeling to push yourself forward not to hold yourself back.
You also have your own business correct?
Yes. Kingdom Management Group is a start up music label that is putting out great music with a great message. Our mission is to keep the message of truth consistent and find new and fresh ways to deliver it.
Since everyone was a startup once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Network with everyone. Hire a PR company like TRS Inc. and remember that every show is an interview for the next one. Just do it.