It's been a while since
we last heard Myron's music. The
Cleveland, Ohio native was about to blow up in a major way and was in
the middle of promoting his debut album 'Destiny'
when his then label (Island) just folded. Shocked and surprised that
he was now unemployed, it gave him a reality check and with the lords
prayer a major belief and focus, Myron is now back with a new label
(his own) and a new album (Free). I recently caught up with Myron by
phone in his studio as he took the time to answer some questions I had.
First of all let me say, thank you for taking the time out of your busy
schedule to do this tonight, I really appreciate it as do your fans.
Myron: No problem, more than happy
to do this.
You started singing at an early age, was singing something you always
wanted to do?
Myron: I always loved music. My
mother and father taught me to appreciate It in various forms. I never
aspired to be some sort of national artist. I did realize the joy that
came from playing and singing, so that's all I set out to do: Just make
You write and produce as well, how do you go about it do you separate
yourself in a room or does it comes to you at any given time?
Myron: When I get inspiration to
write, it comes unexpectedly. Some people write all the time, I write
when the words come. The "Free" album came about after extensive
prayer. I had a "two year drought" and I thought it might
be time to focus on something other than music, but God had other plans
During the release of your debut album your label (Island Records) folded,
what are your thoughts about this and your future at that point?
Myron: As you can imagine, losing
your job is a distressing feeling, however it was more of a reality
check for me. I realized that I had lost my focus and started making
music for all the wrong reasons. This set back was more divine revelation,
than anything. I needed to return to my first love.
With 'Free' being your sophomore
album what do you feel separates it from your debut album?
Myron: The title itself describes
the difference. This album is a collection of work that sought no approval
from some big corporation, so the music is more sincere. "I once
was bound, but now I'm Free."
You mentioned Donnie Hathaway as
a major influence, who were your
influences, growing up?
Myron: Of course Stevie
Wonder was one of the major influences. Curtis
Mayfield, James Brown,
Quincy Jones and a host of gospel
artist, including Commissioned,
the Clark Sisters and Andre
What do you think of today's neo-soul artists and the state of R&B
Myron: I support positive music.
I try not to divide music into categories. Good music is what we need
today, yesterday and tomorrow.
Did you have a strict upbringing growing up?
Myron: No. I was spoiled. I have
three older sisters that got it pretty bad. My brother and I were somewhat
sheltered, as we grew up, but that was when we learned to play music,
so it was a fair trade.
Is there anyone in the industry whom you'd like to work with and why?
Saadiq has always been an artist that I admire. To me, he
(as Tony, Toni, Tone) was the first
to make what's now called "Neo-Soul." I've always been a fan.
I ultimately would like to at least meet Mr. Wonder in this lifetime.
He has given so much to the world as far as music goes, that it would
be a true honor to have the chance to thank him, in person.
Who did you work with on this album?
Myron: Josh and I produced the record.
No big budget, No big names, No big Deal. We knew what we wanted to
hear and we worked until we got it right. Josh (Honigstock) has an incredible
ear and he didn't allow us to give anything less than our best. He's
exceptionally talented. We also had some friends to play various instruments.
Do your brother and sisters appear on the album?
Myron: No. Although they all are
gifted in music, we haven't worked together on a project, yet. I would
like to work on that for the future.
Who's in your CD rack at the present time who do you enjoy listening
Myron: I've been listening to a
lot of jazz, recently. Wayne Shorter's new one and Chick Corea. I always
keep Curtis close by. I also like this Gospel artist, Byron Cage.
To date, what's been your biggest achievement?
Myron: My biggest achievement would
have to be stepping out on faith and putting out a record independently.
Going back to my roots, writing and producing music that makes me feel
good in the end. The Moja Music vision is a great achievement. But honestly,
I feel I've done nothing more than anyone else would do in my shoes.
Are you touring now and where will you be performing next?
Myron: 10 room, London, Monday March
1st. 0207 734 9990 (short set) Café de Paris, London, Tuesday
March 2nd. Celebrity Showcase filmed for Bravo TV. 020 7395 5806 www.cafedeparis.com
(short set) Jazzcafe, London, Thursday March 4th 020 7916 6060. www.jazzcafe.co.uk
What advice can you give a youngster aiming to take on the career of
Myron: "Keep On, Keepin' On."
Don't be discouraged. All the great songs come from joy, heart ache
Is there anything you'd like to say to your fans?
Myron: "What does it profit
a man to gain the world and lose his soul?" Thank you for your
love and support. Check the website www.myroncd.com
Myron, it's been a pleasure, much continued success with the album and
all the best in the future ....oh, sell a million, mate
Myron: Thanks TY, I'll try
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