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"Interview: The Soulful Isaiah Grigg- Fashion & Music Collide!"

Hi, Glam Damn-It readers! Nothing soothes the savage fashionista more than some soulful tunes. Music is also a well-known stress reliever! When I heard the inside buzz surrounding Gospel and Soul singer Isaiah Grigg, I just had to hear more! I recently had the opportunity to chat with this hot music-industry commodity to learn about his latest album, his ultra-cool sense of style and other exciting projects & events he’s taking part in this summer! I’m also looking forward to attending his Benefit Concert on May 24th — rock it– appropriately entitled “Ready to Win.”

DP: Tell me how and when you got involved with music.

IG: I was born into music. Everyone in my family, near and far either sings, plays an instrument, or both. My mother especially was always the model singer I wanted to be like. Music is something I’ve just always been around; it’s a part of me. Church really gave me the opportunity to experiment musically and express my craft. My first ever music job came via the Gospel Choir at my High school. Great experience!

DP: What is the music style you perform and what influences you?

IG: Stylistically my music is definitely contemporary gospel music. It can be defined as Inspirational as well. God is the creator of my gift and talent so he’s definitely my greatest influence. Everything I write derives from my belief in his word. What influences me… a lot. I take inspiration from life experiences. Things I’ve seen and been through, also observing life around me. My music is about people. It’s meant to reach everyone. I love knowing that my music has helped someone. Doesn’t matter how. I just want to inspire those who listen. I feel privileged to do so.

DP: Where can we find your music?

IG: Well, I’m blessed to say that my Freshman album Ready To Win will be available on iTunes and all other digital download sites as of 5/22/12. The album is also available for per-order on my website at www.isaiahgriggmusic.com.

DP: When is your upcoming benefit concert?

IG: The “Ready To Win” Benefit Concert is May 24, 2012. Doors open at 7pm and concert starts at 8pm. I have 4 great artists who are also performing to help raise money for my MusicBreeds Foundation (MBF). We plan on dedicating 50% of that nights proceeds to aid in the Annual MBF Scholarship to be awarded to a college bound male/female senior who exhibits solid musical ability and aspire to really make a difference via their craft. We want to inspire our youth and help them along to their dreams!

DP: Wow — that sounds very inspirational! Now, describe your sense of fashion style – because you’re quite the dapper man.

IG: My fashion style I’d have to say is a mixture of old-school chic and the retro-look. I love my suits but I also love my vintage tees and a nice pair of classic Chuck Taylor’s! You can never go wrong with Chucks. I feel my personality should show through your music and your presentation.

DP: What is your best advice for other performers looking to make it out there in the music industry or creative industries.

IG: My advice would be to put God first, stay prayerful, and just go hard. Use your trials as fuel. Understand your purpose and live in it. Never let a situation or present time in life good or bad steer you away from your goals. Sacrifice hurts sometimes but nothing great is easy. Stay the course and go after it! - Joonbug


"Musical Beginnings Lead To Gospel Album"

“Just because one goes down another route doesn’t mean they can’t achieve their dreams.” This is the philosophy Isaiah Grigg has lived by since recording gospel music has become a more serious aspect of his life. After a youth of learning instruments and playing in the church, Grigg went on take a very different path, job-wise. However, he always knew in his heart that music was his first priority.

“I always knew that this was what I wanted to do,” Grigg said “I was and still am really focused on being a musician. But, I went to school for economics. Though I love music, I believe that you have to be financially stable.”

With that in his mind, Grigg graduated from Northeastern University with his bachelor’s degree, and chose to incorporate music into his new position: a teacher.

“My teaching style is teaching, setting a goal, and discovering how much you want it. Knowledge wise, I know just as much as one who went to school for music. I’ve had vocal training, formed and sang in choirs, went to seminars; it’s a great experience.”

Grigg’s beginnings were musical, coming from a family of musicians and singers. He began playing the drums at 4 and the piano at 6; this soon led him to playing in his church.

“My pastor, who was also my godfather, said to me that ‘Music would be [my] focal point … my life’s work.’ This really motivated me to hone my craft.”

The Jamaica Estates resident directed his first choir in the tenth grade, and put all of his time into composing and directing.

“In church, people would come to me and say that my music is a blessing and inspiring; it’s my art form. Of course, I crashed and burned a few times, but it’s only motivated me more.”

Grigg’s motivation led to him befriending musicians while in Boston; they would later go on to become his band and producer.

“I met my mentor [musician Leroy Streat] while in college. It was with him and the friends who are now my band that the idea for ‘Ready to Win’ came about.”

“Ready to Win” is Grigg’s debut album, released in May 2012.

“[It is] based on the journey to be able to put everything in my life out there for the world to hear. If you experience failure after failure, you need to be able to overcome that and do what you’re meant to.”

Recording began in November 2010 and alternated between Brooklyn and Boston. The outcome is reminiscent of Grigg’s musical inspirations, among them Shirley Caesar, Sam Cooke and Kirk Franklin, as well as Coldplay, Michael Jackson, and Bono.

“Gospel music should be for everyone,” said Grigg “Not just one direction.”

In support of the album, Grigg has travelled extensively along the East Coast and down south; he also hopes to get to California and Japan. Today, Grigg is working greatly with his organization, the MusicBreathes Foundation, which musically educates those who wish to learn. Writing for his next record will begin in November and he hopes to release it in the spring of 2013. “Ready to Win” is available at tatemusicgroup.com and on iTunes. - Queens Tribune


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Based out of Bellport. Long Island, NY and a native of Oklahoma, Isaiah Grigg is a gifted Songwriter, Musician, Director & Vocalist swiftly make his way up the Gospel Music Charts. His powerful & distinct lyrics coupled with his conventional harmonies provide for a universal message for his listeners. Taking influence from gospel greats such as Milton Brunson, Israel Houghton, Kirk Franklin, Hillsong and his long time favorite Fred Hammond, Isaiah’s contemporary yet timeless gospel music style can be seen today as the next big thing.

Isaiah started his musical career at the age of 6 as an organist playing for churches all over Long Island & East Coast. In 1999 Isaiah’s gift expanded as he began directing and teaching. Isaiah has also served as Minister of Music at one of the biggest; most recognized churches in Boston, MA.

In 2009 the Lord took Isaiah’s gift to the next level as he organized ANuPeople (uh-new-people)(AP). AP, an awesome selection of heart worshipers known for their energetic & anointed vocals, bring an element of Worship like none other.
Isaiah has released his debut album “Ready To Win” which is available on iTunes & Amazon. There’s much in store for this upcoming talent. Stay tuned and stay blessed as God works through Isaiah Grigg