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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

J. Rice: Creating Music Listeners Can Feel

by Cyrus Webb

There are a lot of recording artists out there that sing, but not all of them can make you feel something in the process. J. Rice is one of those that can.

With over 26 million views of his videos on Youtube, he is definitely enjoying the attention that artists like him want when it comes to something that they love. What really makes it impressive, however, is that he is actually sharing something genuine along the way. 

When I was introduced to his new sing "Thank You For The Broken Heart", it was obvious that he was not only talented but had something that was sure to strike a chord with music lovers of all genres. After reaching out to his camp I was able to get an interview with him on Conversations LIVE, and it was there that we had a chance to talk about the road he has traveled, what inspires him and what he has learned that he now shares with others.

J. RICE ON THE POWER OF MUSIC:
"Music has showed me how big the world is. Growing up in the U. S. you sometimes think that is it. When you begin to hear from other places you realize how small where you are  when compared to the rest of the world. It's really a cool feeling to hear from someone in the Philippines and from people who can connect with lyrics that I wrote and feelings I felt. If it helps them in some way that's even better."

J. RICE ON HIS BEGINNINGS IN MUSIC:
"I just knew I wanted to do it, and I was going to do whatever it took. After high school I started writing with a friend of mine. I wasn't excited about college. I knew it was not what I was passionate about, so I made a decision to focus fully on music. Took them (my parents) a while to come around and believe that I didn't make a mistake. They believed in me. That was a hard decision, but I'm glad I made it."

J. RICE ON THE REWARDS OF FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION:
"So excited that it can work. It definitely makes the reward sweeter. I tell everyone find what you're passionate about and go after it. It's hard to make those decisions sometimes when you have an opportunity put in front of you and you don't know if it's the right one. The important thing is to keep moving on. You have to remember that if you want something to happen you have to make it happen on your own. I'm not going to be the reason why I fail or don't make it."

J. RICE ON STAYING TRUE TO HIMSELF:
"My mom taught me a lot of lessons growing up. Number 1 was to stay humble, never expect things to be given to you. If you want something you have to work for it.

"I never craved to be a super star. My main goal was just to be able to live off of music and be happy.  I believe what I'm saying and singing about, and people can feel that. I want to be able to write songs that help people heal."

It's difficult not to talk with J. Rice and not get excited about the possibilities that life has to offer. Before ending our conversation I asked him for his final words of encouragement for anyone with a dream. His answer? "Just do it. Start today. There is nothing that you're going to regret if you're passionate about something. Everyone has some kind of talent. It might take some time in your life to find it, but once you do you'll know. If you have to make some sacrifices along the way, that's the price you have to pay." 

I couldn't have said it better myself.

J. Rice's single THANK YOU FOR THE BROKEN HEART is available for you wherever you purchase your music. Stay in contact with him on Facebook and Twitter (www.twitter.com/jricemusic). You can also visit his Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/jriceproductions .

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