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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

WBM Features: K'Jon

Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to
become the person you believe you were meant to be.
-George Sheehan

Regardless of what it takes or the time it takes to get there, everything you wish to attain (goal, aspiration, dream, etc.), and more is always right on time. This is especially true because since it takes time to make time, through the time it takes to travel where most desired; experience is gained, relationships are formed, and movement closer toward your personal goal is well within reach.

So the timeliness of WBM's next feature couldn't be more important nor could it prove a better example of effort and experience being extremely on point. As a matter of fact, not only is it time of singer/songwriter from Detroit, MI, K'Jon whose emergence on the world's stage was one in the making, but it will continue to be his time-- for quite awhile at that since he recently received recognization and acclaim from Billboard as having the longest running single on the Hot R&B /Hip Hop charts, "On The Ocean" for 75 weeks. This amazing achievement shot K'Jon far beyond the music stratosphere and amongst greats Mary J. Blige and Usher, making him a star as well.

And although extremely excited by what he has accomplished thus far, the focus is still the same; touch lives with music and more than ever, now couldn't be a better time to do so.

[As Told To Why Blue Matters]

So tell me a little bit about yourself:
Who is K'Jon?

K'Jon: A down to earth person who loves people and enjoy making music that makes a difference in people’s lives.

Where are you from?

K'Jon: East side Detroit.

What does music mean to you?

K'Jon: Music is almost everything to all people. Just from a song, you could remember the year and what you were doing at the time the song came out. Music has an ability to change our mood and attitude at the sound of it. It’s an underrated force when affecting emotions within us all.

How has that meaning changed over the years?

K'Jon: It hasn’t. It still affects all listeners whether for the good or bad; for the positive or negative reactions. It’s still is a tool that has molded the timelines for generations to come.

What do you like most about being a Singer/Songwriter?

K'Jon: Sometimes it is therapeutic; being able to put my personal frustrations in song form which helps me cope with life. It’s also flattering how people have gravitated towards the stories I have fashioned into songs which gives me self gratification knowing that in a musical industry which is merely bent on sales, I have touched the lives of others in a positive way.

Congrats on the success of the single, On The Ocean, what was the driving force behind that song?

K'Jon: My personal frustrations with the ability to provide for family and self preservation as the key to success for anyone face with opposition, trials and tribulations.

What inspires and motivates you?

K'Jon: My kids, because I want them to have everything I didn’t have materially along with the love and happiness that all kids should have and enjoy.

Biggest accomplishment?

K'Jon: Making history with “On The Ocean,” becoming the longest chart running song in Billboard music history surpassing Mary J. Blige and Usher.

How long have you been involved in the music industry?

K'Jon: Since 2001/2002.

How was technology effected the industy?

K'Jon: The actual sound of music is enhanced. Technology has also made music more aggressive. For example: there is clearly a difference in a 1980’s record in comparison to a 2000 record. The sound is more fuller and the bass is obviously noticeable.

Is the change good or bad?

K'Jon: Depends on your style of music. For hip hop, I see it as a definite plus. Actually for all genres of music, it’s an overall improvement because you can appreciate the quality of sound.

What type of impact would you like to make as an artist?

K'Jon: A positive one. One that would make people feel like music is getting better because of such an artist’s talents or visions.

Who are some of your favorite artists?

K'Jon: Mary J. Blige, Marvin Gaye, Ludacris, Charlie Wilson, Jay Z, Beyonce, Brian McKnight; just to name a few. I’m inspired by all artist.

Any those whom you would like to collaborate with?

K'Jon: Every last one of them.

What do you do outside of music?

K'Jon: Play basketball, go the the movies, spend time with family, cook and eat!

Considering this is the top of the year, what are your plans for 2010?

K'Jon: Improving as an artist and creating a solid sophomore album.

Any advice for those looking to pursue their dreams?

K'Jon: Pursue your dreams but never forsake your responsibilities. Put God first. Give 150%, never give up and you will succeed.

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