Longevity in the Music Business: What’s your Plan?

by Kinya Myrie, staff member at viaj entertainment services

We all think about the little steps to get to our dreams but I wonder if we ever stop and think about what it takes to sustain longevity in our careers. I recently attended two concerts at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. I had the pleasure of seeing

Ledisi, Raheem DeVaughn , Lela James and Stevie Wonder.  

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As I was watching them in amazement, I began to think about how long they have been in the music business and why they are still around today?  We have seen so many groups come and go, so many one hit wonders but these artists are truly the definition of staying true to

oneself, the music that you produce and taking care of your instrument. I think these artists have been so successful because they have stayed true to their music and who they are. Listening to their music over the years, you can tell that they have grown musically but they haven’t compromised who they are and the music they like to produce. During the Ledisi concert I remember that Ledisi said the industry told her she could sing well but she didn’t fit the image that would sell records. In other words they told her she wasn’t pretty enough. She said that she wanted to quit singing until she spoke to her mother and she gave her the courage to continue. Through this journey the song “Alright” was written. This is a true testament of staying true to yourself and what you love to do. Although there may be stumbling blocks, you can’t let anyone else determine your destiny. Isaiah 41:10 says: So do not fear. I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. What do you think would have happened if Ledisi gave up on herself? What do you think will happen or how would you feel if you decided to give up on yourself? It’s a good question to ponder because one day there may be something or someone that may make you feel that way. But how will you sustain and deal with the pressure? I believe that being spiritually grounded can also help you have longevity in the music business.  During the Stevie Wonder concert, Stevie Wonder said that we can’t get anywhere in life unless we forgive and love others. He said that we will hinder our dreams if we don’t. Mark 12:31 says: Love your neighbor as yourself. So my question for you to dwell on today is what may be holding you back from having longevity in this business? What will you do to gain longevity in this business? What will you do to stay grounded and true to yourself? What’s your plan?

Kinya Myrie is a vocal instructor with viaj entertainment services.  Kinya’s passion and dedication for singing began in grade school. She’s performed for large audiences since the age of nine. In school, she was part of the gospel choir, Honors chorus and acted in school plays. Kinya furthered her exploration of singing by landing a spot as a background vocalist for gospel recording artist, Alvin Slaughter, at the Paramount Theater in New York City and she has opened for gospel artist and radio host, James Fortune. She has performed gracing the stages of the Apollo Theater, the Maryland Theater, the Gala Theater, Bowie State University, University of Maryland and various churches. She played the lead role, Diana Ross, in “A Moment in Motown”, a play at the Publick Playhouse, the lead role as Mom in “I Can’t Find My Other Shoe” by Lisa Gant for Baltimore Black Theater Alliance and achieved first runner up in Hal Jackson’s ‘Talented Teens’ contest. She’s taken interest in the community by singing at the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon and during the “Best of Maryland” Day at Six Flags America.  Kinya’s most recent achievements include singing with Patrick Lundy and The Ministers of Music which has afforded her appearances on TNT for the Christmas in Washington telecast with legendary artists Diana Ross, Justin Beiber, CeeLo and Jennifer Hudson to name a few. Kinya has been honored to win many local pageant titles and placed in the top ten at the Miss Maryland and Miss DC Scholarship pageants. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Howard University with a concentration in music therapy and currently teaches music for Imagine Schools in Washington, D.C.

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