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Who Says You Can’t Juggle Two Careers

Who Says You Can’t Juggle Two Careers

By: Amira

 

I may be a little late in writing this blog, but I figure better late than never, so I am going to tell you a little bit about Amira, the music artist and journalist.

Since I don’t want this to be the size of a novel, I’m not going to tell you every teeny, tiny detail. I was born in February 1991 to two very loving parents. I don’t have any other siblings, so I am an only child. I spent most of my childhood in Maryland, but I have also lived in Nevada and North Carolina. I am a very shy and quiet person, so it takes me a little bit of time to warm up to people. Most of my childhood I spent following my older cousin, Amir, around. We had a lot of fun together. We always used to get into trouble, but that’s the best part of being a child, right? Getting to make mistakes and being able to learn from those mistakes. Anyway, I graduated from high school in May 2009 and I began going to my local community college later on in that year. I graduated from that community college in May 2012 with an associate’s degree.

After I graduated from community college, I applied to Morgan State University and I began attending Morgan State in 2013. I am, still, currently working toward my bachelor’s degree in print journalism at Morgan State and if journalism was to be my career, I would like to work for a magazine writing about anything that has to do with music. What a lot of people don’t know is that my bachelor’s degree isn’t the only thing that I’m working toward. I am also working on my singing career at the same time.

Yes, I do sing and I have been doing it since I was little, but I was the type of child who didn’t want to be the center of attention, so I kept my talent to myself. When I was around 12 years old, my Uncle Jerome “Rome” Jefferson, who was a music producer and singer/songwriter, recorded a song with me in our dining room. Even though I was nervous as ever, I still had a great time and I thought that maybe this could be something that I could do as a career. When I told my mom this, she didn’t think I was ready, so my plans to be the next Beyoncé came to a screeching halt.

A few years past, I think I was about 17 or 18 when she finally took me serious and actually decided to give me a chance. I remember visiting one of her old music producer friends at his home studio. I was so nervous I thought I would pass out, but I got through it. I sang in front of him and he liked what he heard and decided to work with me that night. After working with him, I started working with Stacey Lattisaw’s son, Kevin Jackson, Jr. I wrote and recorded 6 or 7 songs with him at his family’s studio. While working with him, my mom posted my music up on this website called Music X-ray. On this website, artists can post their songs so that they can get rated and, hopefully, catch the eye of someone who can help better their career. My mom met a guy named Mark Wolff, Jr. on this website. Mark is a freelance singer, songwriter and producer who works with The Miami Sound Machine. We drove down to Florida where I recorded two songs that he wrote and produced and one of my original songs.

Through Mark we met a man named Kenny Ferracho. Kenny has a serious hand in the industry. He has a lot of contacts that can really help an independent artist, like myself, be heard. He is currently apart of my team and consulting my mom with my musical career. I have been to New York a few times, where I recorded a number of songs. I have worked with a producer named, Wayno, who is apart of the production duo, The Heatmakerz. I also worked with a songwriter named Dani. I am currently waiting for my summer vacation to begin so that I can return to New York to continue working on my project in hopes of releasing my single by the end of the year. I’ll keep you posted.

I know that I currently have a lot on my plate. I’m trying to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and live out my dream of being a successful musician. I usually try to plan my school schedule around my music schedule and if I’m being honest, my journalism career is my back up plan. I know that not every musician gets to be successful, so if my career doesn’t take off or it takes some time to take off then I will have another job that I can fall back on. I can’t rely on my parents forever, so this is me trying to make my dreams come true.

If you want to check out my music you are more than welcome to. You can visit my artist website, my Twitter, my Facebook or my ReverbNation page. I hope you enjoy and if you do let me know. If there is something that you would like to ask me than leave a comment on anyone of my social media sites or you can simply comment on this blog. I would be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have. Have a good day.

 

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