Our BOS Motivational word for the week is marathon
We all know what the traditional word marathon means, but let’s explore a different meaning.
Marathon: A long-lasting or difficult task or operation of a specified kind.
Life is not a race, but a marathon. Don’t give up; the beginning is always the hardest.
I want to introduce you to an incredible singer-songwriter named Larry g(EE) ,who knows the meaning of the word marathon. His music has a unique catchy blend of funk, silky soul and smart pop melodies that would make even a non music lover rejoice. His famed single “Yo Mama” reels listeners in with punchy horns and passionate vocals, while the piercing ballad “I’m Your Fool” embodies the intense romanticism of vintage Motown singles of the past. He started singing when he was 8 years old with his family and has now graced the stage of Jimmy Kimmel Live. I met this fashionable singer on my birthday last year, and his music truly touched my soul. When I think about all the things I miss about Dallas, Larry g(EE)’s performances are on the top of my list. If you have ever wondered what it takes to be in the music industry then this article is for you.
Here’s a peek inside the colorful life of Larry g(EE).
BOS: Why did you start singing?
LG: I come from a very musical family so it was always encouraged growing up. My mother was actually a singer in the Philippines and my father used to own a recording studio, but I really got into performing when I joined a gospel choir in college. We toured all over the country – after that, I started to seriously consider music as a career.
BOS: If you weren’t singing, what profession would you be in?
LG: I would probably want to end up in music (A&R) or something fashion-related.
BV: Tell us one thing you have learned from the entertainment industry?
LG: I’ve learned that it’s not a race. People put so much emphasis on making it quick, but it’s a marathon. You have to be willing to take your time and hone your craft, it’s a full-time gig and it can be challenging at times – but I love every minute of the journey.
BOS: Has the road to becoming a musician been easy?
LG: Not at all, but that’s a good thing because it’s kept me humble, focused and most of all, patient. What you put into it is what you get out of it in the end.
BV: On average, how long does it take you to write a song?
LG: It can go anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes to 5 months. Writers block is no joke and when it happens, you can’t force it.
BOS: If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
LG: I wouldn’t change anything. Everything has happened for a reason up to this point and I’m in a very good place right now.
BOS: What do you like best about performing live?
LG: Making people happy. I love putting smiles on peoples’ faces, though normally it gets “turnt up” into a full-blown party most of the time. Whether it’s a local show at The Prophet Bar, or a charity fundraiser, being able to create a fun environment for fans is the best part.
BOS: What do you hope to accomplish with your music career?
LG: I would like to be in a position where I am successful enough to take care of my family and the people around me. Short term: I’d love to continue touring and recording new material. Ultimately, I want my music to have a positive impact on people’s lives, whether their fans or friends and family.
BOS: What’s your favorite Dallas restaurant?
LG: I love breakfast and brunch! Recently, I’ve been hitting up this French Bistro in Bishop Arts for brunch, Boulevardier, they have the BEST homemade maple-sage sausage and biscuits.
BOS: What’s your favorite clothing brands?
BOS: Any your upcoming projects?
LG: I’m currently working on the follow-up to my EP Weekends and booking some more tour dates as a supporting act. This summer is going to be crazy. We have quite a few shows coming up locally, including: Prom Squared at The Kessler, Homegrown Fest and the Chevy Music Showcase at Sundown. We’ll be traveling a lot, playing shows from Nashville to New York, and even one at Summer Fest in Wisconsin.
BOS: What do you like to do when you’re not on stage
LG: This is going to sound bad but… eating or shopping. But seriously, music is my life, so I spend a lot of my time checking out new bands, going to shows and supporting my friends who are also musicians. Dallas has a great music scene.
To see when Larry g(EE) will be in your town click HERE or buy his Ep on iTunes.
Follow Larry g(EE) on twitter @_larrygee_