Tell us about your song It Was Good and the inspiration for it?
The song was co-written with Glenn Lavender and Leslie Jordan and is based on the poem “Creation,” by James Weldon Johnson, who also wrote “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Johnson became the national organizer for the NAACP in 1920 and edited the Book of American Negro Poetry, a major contribution to the history of African American literature. The song, like the poem, simply focuses on the beauty in the world, and what a gift it is to be alive and living on this planet.
You are working on a new album—any collaborations on it? Where is it being recorded?
Am I working on a new record? Hell, I dunno what's unfolding but I can say I am writing songs that feel like there is a common thread. So perhaps a 3rd record is inevitable. I am working with some trusted poets, writers, musicians that I've met over the years. That shall be revealed soon.
When did you move from Oregon to Brooklyn and how did that influence your music choices?
I moved from Portland, OR three years ago, October 2016. I think living in Brooklyn has allowed me to figure out who I am when I am not in routine and "security." I don't know if BK has changed my musical style but I am learning how to be a better business owner and find my voice.