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Check Out Kenneth Pearson’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenneth Pearson.

Hi Kenneth, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’ve been a part of the arts for as long as I could remember. My mother put me in art classes as soon as she noticed my interest. My first piece ever was featured was at Eubie Blake’s arts center. I also attended summer art courses at MICA during my teenage years; My grades were horrible throughout high school so I never got accepted as a full-time student.

As I got older, I started straying away from the visuals and started focusing on production and songwriting. In 2012, I released my first music project (Da Boi Who Cried Aura) and I’m currently on my 5th. I also pod with my wife (Lady Blu) every month. We’re currently on our second season of “Blu Talk.”

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I battled with self-doubt and procrastination. It’s easy to fall into a rut and complain about everything you feel is holding you back. My biggest fear in life is failure. Every time I didn’t hit a mark, I stockpiled it with all my other failures in life. I was so busy counting my failures that didn’t make time acknowledge the victories. As a result, I stressed about things that were clearly out of my control. When you let fear control you, you miss out on opportunities sitting under your nose.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I create what is known as soul hop. My music speaks to the soul above all else; If it doesn’t touch you sonically, then I’m not doing my job. My sound is a fusion of hip-hop, jazz, funk and lofi. I create whatever comes to mind! If it’s meant to heard, it will be regardless. The music is smooth but thought-provoking. It takes an understanding of lyrics and production to marriage the two perfectly. I’m a huge fan of conceptual albums, so that’s what I aim to create.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
Risk-taking is a space I had to learn to be comfortable in. Being outside of your comfort zone can actually become a comfort if you learn to normalize it.

My life is a daily risk. I don’t fit the norm for any of the avenues im pursing. I have to perform at a high level every time I put out work. The room for error is allowed but not romaticized.

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Photographers: Kelli Boyd (@photo_housedmv) Eric Wilson (@ewimages)

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  1. Shadè

    August 10, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Dope Write Up!!

    • Ruth Randall

      August 13, 2021 at 10:06 am

      Excellent interview. You nailed it, especially about living in fear.

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