Detroit native Gary Ward (better known by his stage name G-BLEST) is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur. G-BLEST began his career at the tender age of 10, and by 21 he was working with the legendary Kurtis Blow. Most recently, G-BLEST caught the eye of Grammy winner, Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of the legendary group Run DMC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn5pR6CKdqc. As the CEO and brainchild behind DS9 Music, G-BLEST released his first record “I AM BLEST” (2011) to rave reviews.
G-BLEST is a dedicated community leader whose efforts have significantly impacted some of his favorite organizations. These organizations include the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and FUSE- a high school ministry based out of Central Christian, the largest non denominational church in Las Vegas, Nevada.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
G-BLEST: I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
G-BLEST: I have been a hip-hop artist, producer, and song-writer for over ten years. In 2001 I was given the opportunity to work with hip-hop legend Kurtis Blow. He helped me record my first demo in the Bronx, NY- the heart of hip-hop.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
G-BLEST: I want people to dance and have a good time; however, I want to create an unforgettable experience on and off the stage, allowing the audience to face their fears and feel the passion within the music along with the truth of the music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
G-BLEST: They are about truth, life, love, and pain. My songs are a life journey.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
G-BLEST: It is directed towards all genres. I believe my music has broken the plague that stereotypes hip-hop music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
G-BLEST: My influences are 80’s hip-hop, Motown legends, and alternative rock. My artist influences include: Outkast, KRS 1, Nas, Jay-Z, Common, The Roots, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Genisis, Coldplay and Green Day, to name a few.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
G-BLEST: I would describe my music as passionate, honest, and good food for the soul.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
G-BLEST: I have the ability to be creative and unafraid of trying something new. My intentions are to take people on a journey they will remember for a lifetime.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
G-BLEST: I’m working on my second album titled #ProjectLiv. ProjectLiv was inspired to shed light in what often seems like a hopeless world.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
G-BLEST: My goal is to own my own record label so that I can also help launch the careers of artists and producers. In ten years I see myself as a successful business man, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and a Grammy award winner.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
G-BLEST: Fans can contact me through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, iTunes, and Reverbnation.
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