If you haven’t heard, MAJOR. has two hit singles (“Why I Love You” & “Honest”) and counting. “Honest” is #8 on BILBOARD’S TOP 10 and is streaming in over 20 Countries. MAJOR. was The Featured Artist to Watch on Billboard.com, iHeartRadio’s On The Verge Artist & the ‘17 NAACP Image Awards Nominee for Outstanding New Artist, to name a few. MAJOR. carries an inspiration that is undeniable & bridges worlds together. His conversation is hope & his power is love. NOW THAT’S MAJOR.!
US: You kicked off 2018 with a NAACP nomination for the category of “Outstanding Song” for your song “HONEST” how does this honor make you feel? What would a win mean to you?
M: Crazy right?!? I’m excited about this journey of mine. Here and there, I’m reminded the blood, sweat, and tears haven’t been in vain. A WIN?!? Oh, I’d be so hype & honored.
US: You have championed yourself to be the Dr. King of music so your listeners can experience hope. The NAACP Image Awards air on Martin Luther King’s birthday this year, what is the inspiration behind your hope?
M: The many Bible stories I’ve read & my own Life-lived have proven the great benefits of HOPE. Dr. King & his legacy are a full expression of HOPE rewarded. I’ve accepted the call to be just that. HOPE.
US: Do you feel like you are living the dream, right now?
M: Absolutely… I’m living my dreams and then some. God is always showing up & out. Gotta love it. And we’ve only just begun.
US: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the words “INDEPENDENTLY MAJOR”?
M: That’s exactly who I am as an artist. I don’t have the current blessing of a Major label behind me but I’ve made the most with what I do have and that’s “INDEPENDENTLY MAJOR.” for sure. Can’t forget the period. That makes it official.
US: IF MAJOR. were a mantra, what would the acronym spell out?
M: MIGHTY AMBITIOUS JUSTIFIED OVERCOMER ROCKSTAR
US: Since MAJOR. personifies your movement and you are the leader of it, where do you see yourself going from here?
M: ONWARD & UPWARD ONLY!
US: As a “trained” student of music from Houston (HSPVA) to a Julliard Intensive program to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, what would you say is your biggest lesson from your education?
M: GREAT OPPORTUNITIES ONLY REWARD THE EXCELLENT & READY. SO GET READY & STAY READY. THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM TO BE DOPER THAN YOU WERE A MOMENT AGO. PUT IN THE WORK IF YOU WANT THE WIN.
US: You give your fans an experience every time you perform with your distinguished sound, tone and range, what are your thoughts on the live performance versus the lip synch?
M: DO YOU. BUT DO IT WELL. Lip Synching is a special skill. I’m not that great at it but it’s a skill nonetheless.
US: Your name has evolved over time from MAJOR. Choirboy, the crooner to the one word category, does that have something to do with the legacy you want to leave behind?
M: EVOLUTION IS THE WAY OF LIFE. If you pay attention, all those stage names simply took me to my actual name: “MAJOR.”. I capitalize every letter and close it out with a period because at the end of the day the best of me is the truest me.
US: It is no secret that you are a man of faith, besides strengthening your character in an industry where you need a moral compass, how else does your faith navigate where you are and where you want to be?
M: I choose not to go anywhere or make any decision without God at the center of it. I tried it the other way and failed. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
US: Music greats like STEVIE WONDER and PATTI LABELLE have reached out to you after they heard your music, what do you look for in artists when you want to collaborate on a project?
M: Truth and distinction. If that ain’t there, we don’t need to go any further.
US: Where can your supporters keep up to date with your releases, tours and next moves?
BE SURE TO TUNE IN TO THE 49TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS LIVE ON MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018, 9PM EST ON TV ONE.
Interview By: Josayne M Anderson-Tejera,
Humor Mill Music Correspondent & CEO of The UndergroundSeen