IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – EZY – GEORGIA’S HOTTEST STAR!

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IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

EZY: I am from Macon, Georgia. I was born and partially raised in Atlanta Georgia but I spent the majority of my life in Macon. Most of the lessons I have learned through trials and tribulations mostly took place in Macon. I feel as though it doesn’t matter where one was born versus the quality and quantity of the years spent in a certain location.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

EZY: My musical background concerning instruments includes me playing the snare drum and the piano. I was always the kid in class to get in trouble for having my CD and/or MP3 player in my ears in class. I also wrote multiple songs in high school, two of which I shot videos for and regularly had aired over the all the TVs in the school.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?

EZY: I want to record and release my own music because I bring a factor to the equation that will help bring the music scene full circle. I feel as though the topics being focused on are skewed and the majority of the audience can only dream of identifying with the subject matter. I believe that if I am fortunate enough to be presented with the opportunity to influence the masses, it then becomes my responsibility to impart them with the wisdom necessary to heighten their survival skills for whatever situation they are placed in.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

EZY: My songs are about every aspect of life. The only topics that I have the jurisdiction to speak on are the ones that I am in some way form or fashion connected to or that I have learned from. My fan base also identifies with my music because it is as if they are hearing their own soul bleeding through speakers. Everybody goes through defeat and triumphs alike both with small variations but similar none the less.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

EZY: My musical influences range from Outkast, Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur, and Michael Jackson, T.I, and Jeezy to myself.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?

EZY: I would describe my music as “Blac Sunshine.” The contrasting terms paint a perfect picture of all extremes that my music covers. “Blac Sunshine” is the epitome of the soundtrack to everyday life. The music that I bring to the table also acts as a blanket of comfort to let my listeners know that they are not alone in their struggle.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out  from other artists?

EZY: What makes me stand out from other artist is my willingness to actually capture the heart of my listeners. It seems as though most artist are more concerned about impressing their audience versus connecting with them. The connection that I propose to my listeners is genuinely about the comfort that I offer. I am also very focused, and with the right resources I would have everything I need to continuously produce more material and more efficiently employ my work ethic.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?

EZY: One of the hardest challenges was having to overcome the difficulties that came with not having the resources to produce quality material. A lack of resources simply made me boost my work ethic. I found myself trying to find ways to produce the funds to elevate my level of production. Motivation has always been the fuel in my reserve tank when I felt my ambition running low. I have never been distracted by difficulties. I always viewed my obstacles as another situation to help me rise to the occasion.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

EZY: Some of the upcoming projects that I am working on are a new mixtape, a new music video, printing t-shirts on the side and adding more designs to my clothing line, and also building my photography portfolio.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

EZY: My career goals are to establish myself and Connect Squad Entertainment as critical pillars in the entertainment industry. I want my success to be a symbol of relentless achievement, not only for myself, but also for other Maconites with similar goals. I see myself being a 10 year veteran doing everything that I already do just 10 times.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

EZY: My fans can access my music on the go by downloading the “Ezy-Connect Squad Ent” app from the google store or by clicking on the following link http://www.reverbnation.com/ezyconnectsquadent and they can contact me on Facebook @ http://facebook.com/ezell.waddell

 

 

 

 

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117 COMMENTS

  1. Awesome article… It’s great to see our generation not only following their dreams but putting in the hard work to accomplish them. Any one can say what they want but showing improvement is the only way to make it to the top!!

  2. I’m extremely proud of you “bruh bruh”. I can feel your drive and ambition radiating of off this page from every response given. It gives me chills. Even as your older sis, you’ve always given me courage. It is only befitting to describe you as a force to be reckoned with!

  3. Very nice. I love hearing and seeing the accomplishments you are making. What a great choice of words for a great person. God is truly blessing you with great works. I will always support you with whatever you do. Keep your head up your doing a great job.

  4. Great article! One of the wisest young men that I’ve ever known! With your wisdom, drive, and faith, there’s no stopping you sir! I am so proud to see how far you have come! On your grind/24/365/ YA KNOW DAT! Watch out world! Connect Squad taking over!

  5. You are a very strong, intelligent, handsome, and ambitious man is on the path to success! Just by being in your life for so long, I know what you strive for and I know you are going to make it happen sweetie. I’m so proud of you. I want you to always go by what you say ” If I Don’t Who Will”, with a smile. The world is ready for you, just don’t let no one tell you otherwise. God is always on your side. I love your article Ezell!! Your going to make it to the top!

  6. I’ve always admired your work and strive to perfect your craft. Im extremely proud of how far you’ve come with your music. Keep grinding the way you do and all that hard work will pay off. I believe in you. God is with you every step of the way.
    CONNECT SQUAD ENT.

  7. Ezell Ezell Ezell! Wow! I’m so proud of you Big Head! I’ve seen you work for this 8 long years and I’ve seen your love for your craft deepen. You are truly an inspiration to me and to others in the world. Your wisdom and your passion motivates me to keep reaching for my dreams as well as others who listen to your music. You always said you were going to build an empire and I’m happy I’ve gotten to see you build it. Don’t ever forget the mission! I love you and I’m so proud of you!

  8. Well, well, well here we are starting to live life! I love to watch your growth! You inspire me everyday when we speak! My A1, since day1. This guy helped me mentally get through hurricane Katrina! He is an awesome friend, son, cousin, co-worker, nephew etc..and none-the-less role model. His heart is pure and his craft is dynamic. I’m so proud of you KIDD. I love you for free through it all!

  9. I loved reading your article and getting to know more about you and how passionate and driven you are to accomplishing your goals. The lyrics within your music is easy to relate to and they inspire others to follow their dreams. You are truly blessed with many talents. It’s truly a pleasure knowing you! Keep doing pushing for greatness….

  10. Even though I have only known you a short time, I could see your drive & ambition from day 1. Every time we talk it’s about your next moves. I know you will go far. Keep pushing!

  11. I was really impressed with the interview. It is refreshing to hear someone that identifies with their listeners. I believe if you can connect with people in their present situations, you can lead them to greater things.
    Keep moving to greater things.

  12. Yoo! I beeN following your music for some year’s. Waiting on your next drop! Keep up your brand, your focus, and your hustle sir I appreciate hard workers and I see that’s what you do. Never Stop Gizzle 1!

  13. I loved your articles! I was very impressed! You are Truly Blessed! Stay Focus & Keep up the Good Work! You are You are Truly an Inspiration 2 Others! God has a Big Plan 4 You!

  14. Ezell, I am SO proud of you! Keep the FAITH and the FAITH will keep you!
    I really enjoyed the article. This is just the beginning! Enjoy the journey!!!

  15. I’m proud of this MAN so intellectual. I know you’ll go far & you’ll always remember me #SameBirthday #Independent #SelfMade

  16. i My boy , my rollie, you did your thing bro. words cant express how much admire your work ethic and how u you live through your own words and a leader. we can go back to high school in the room when sound quality was a factor and we just two young ambitious artist that wanted to be heard and we was, music galore and now as time flies like it did we still grinding and building that work ethic up. But i need to borrow some of your networking skillz, man keep working and im with u all the way. i got new projects as well F.I.T.F fly in the flesh as well m he A one clothing and apparel. Also awaiting the release of my new mixtape ” mixtape anonamous” and also putting out tracks the the fam, ” 100ent music group” out if Milwaukee Wisconsin, shout out to all the core djs and ezy im proud of you bro and keep it up. love bro and we will be in the studio together soon.

  17. Great interview Ezell! Great motivation especially coming from Macon. In 10 yrs I’m sure you’ll be a beast Entrepreneur doing big things! I’m proud of you!

  18. I remember you introduced your brand “connect squad” to me in middle school years ago as a friend i’m proud of the work ethic you have. Continue to pursue your passion in music & more importantly produce “quality” music for the people i wish u much success in your career & marketing your brand

  19. Ezell, I enjoyed reading your article. It reminded me of when you were in your earlier teen and you made a studio out of a side by side refrigerator box. I knew at that moment you were driven with a passion for music.

  20. Hello..just met you today and when i heard your voice just by speaking… I told my kids I Love his Voice!!!! You sound very motivated and positive …keep it up!!!

  21. 🙂 I’m So Proud Of You I Love Your Article I’m Glad You Stuck To Your Music Hard Work Pays Off Coming From Macon This Is Big I’ve Always Been A Fan Keep Up The Good Work I Will Be Going To Download That App I Still Have All Your Mixtapes From High School “Tha Appreciation” I Remember When You First Mentioned “Connect Squad” To Me Years Ago Look At You Now On Your Way To Doing Big Things Lol ❤✊✊

  22. I have had the pleasure of meeting EZY for the first time ever at our last event in Macon! He came to our Premier, and his presence alone is amazing! Then when I got the opportunity to hear his music, this was definitely the cherry on top! His style is unlike anyone else. Most often you expect to hear crap, with ring-tone wrap styles or artists trying to sound like someone that is already out, but that is not what he did. He is fresh, with new ideas. Most certainly an asset to the industry! He will go far, because of his work ethics, and skills. Salute, Connectionpreneur!

  23. Well, I gotta tell you how proud I am of you for your determination and your drive….. Your spirit and confidence has never slipped and anyone reading the article can only be impressed with what they read….. Fortunately for me I’m in a special “category” which is not just being someone whose known you, but someone whose known you your entire life…… I feel that being your cousin has been a privilege and that I am 1 up on the rest of the world… You and I have had a great relationship and even when you were very young I knew you were destined for “Greatness”… I remember wHen you gave me a tour of your bedroom that one time, which in fact was a self made studio I knew then you were the man…. Even though I’m your older cousin, I have always told you ” When I Grow Up I Want To Be Just Like You!!!! g-man

  24. Ezell, I am glad to hear you are making your dream into a reality. I remember conversations you and I had when you were my student, and you talked to me about your plans then. You are a very intelligent young man and a gifted musician. I hope you are successful in your quest, and that you reach a wide audience in a positive manner. I have never heard of the musical genre BlacSunshine, but I liked your explanation of it in the interview you did. Did you make this up yourself? Anyway, thank you for posting your request on my timeline, and I hope you have a good rest of the day.

  25. Ezy, I am very impressed and very pround of you cousin. I had no idea that you had so much talent. I know that your mother is proud that Aunt Avie is smiling down from Heaven. I encourage you to continue to strive for success and never give up on your hopes and your dreams. You can be an inspiration to others that have the desire but do not know how to begin their dreams. Keep up the greatness and shoot for the moon! Love ya cousin!!!!

  26. You are truly an inspiration for all young black men. I pray you continue to sore to the top. I know you will continue to put God first and all else will fall in place. I enjoyed your article. It was very informative about your music. I know your going to go far places. Continue to sore and rise to the top!
    God bless

  27. To my adopted brother/neighbor, always grinding and very humble. You are the hardest working young, old dude I know. I admire your ambition and drive. Reading the article was like sitting in the house having a conversation with you. Stay positive and keep God first. May your blessings continue to flow.

  28. This is an awesome article nephew! You sound very driven and motivated. No doubt in my moms that you will succeed. I’m very proud of you and I wish you the best of the best. Go do your thing and do you. Love you.

  29. cousin this was a very inspiring article hope it reaches the other aspiring artist that have your drive and determination. God bless and I wish you the best!

  30. You’re so incredibly talented. I’m glad that you are a positive representative from the Macon Area. We need more inspirational music from people like you. Salute to you and your music. 🙂

  31. Great job! You are an awesome artist. Thank you for your contribution to the industry. I can’t wait to hear more from you!

  32. Ezell you are doing great things. Your full potential is untapped. You are going to be a musical icon. Keep pressing. ♡♡♡♡♡♡

  33. We always knew Ezy has a gift and that you can hear through his music! I still have mixtape a from high school. Keep striving my Chem Lab Partner! You’re almost there!

  34. Ezell I really enjoyed reading this article. I always knew you were destined to do great things and make a difference in this world. Continue to give your all in all that you do. Remember to make every moment count. I have much love for ya!

  35. This is an awesome article. Everything your spoken on, I, myself can witness. I’m so proud of you. Thank you for still following your dreams, you’re an amazing person and I can’t wait to hear your music on the radio. Blac sunshine is the perfect name for life.

  36. Yo E I know your hard work . It does pay . Keep doing what your doing and don’t stop for nothing . I’ll continue to support you . All the way from New Orleans .

  37. so big head, I’ve already left a comment but I was reading your article again and I decided to leave another one. I just want to say that I am truly proud of you and all that you are doing and all that you have done to see you grow into a business savvy smart man is a blessing in itself keep doing what you’re doing. Keep focused, recording, keep promoting keep hustling you were right when you said that preparation opportunity meets and you are truly blessed I love you and I can’t wait to hear more and see all the things that you are doing. Btw I gotcha homies (:

  38. This is a great article! Keep your head up Ezell and continue to work hard. You have so much potential and I know that you will do well in the music industry. I’m proud of you and you have my support!

  39. I’ve struggled mightily to have the opportunity to comment on your interview. Just viewing the image of you, the strength, the poise of your being, powerfully radiates and imbues a new strength, untold determination. It is here that I must say, “well done, soldier.”
    After reading the interview and listening to the message-music, I would ask, who could, should, would even think of turning a deaf ear to the man-child, the messenger, servant of the people? In the message, the vibrations of the music, your deliverance,is without a doubt, servicing the medicine that the people need. Within the confines of this comment box, surely, much more could be said, but I submit that in doing so, could prove testament of the greatest love story ever written.
    The trials and tribulations aforementioned, all too well do I remember. We
    should never forget, that you keep rising up to higher grounds. You are great, much love and respect to you.

  40. Ezell, I loved your article and you also know how proud I am of you for always pushing through whatever and also for letting your am carry you to success. You know that I’ll always support you through it all. I love you and congrats on everything that you will soon see. Nothing but success baby.

    -Keia

  41. Ezell, you are so smart and so determined. Your accomplishments prove that hard work and effort helps people to fulfill their goals. Nothing in life is handed to you, you learned that early in life. I feel like I was there with you in the beginning. When you had a lot of you verses written down in a spiral notebook (freshman year). And yes, I remember the music videos too. You are persistent and determined, continue to apply yourself in all aspects of life.

  42. Ezy being your bestfriend I’ve watched you grow and mature in life and in your music, this article is just more confirmation of how amazing you are. You have a bright future ahead of you and I’m happy to say that I’ve known from the very beginining how great you would be. You always remain humble and true to yourself and not many who are getting close to their dreams can say they haven’t changed. I’ve always known that you’ve had an special gift in your music to inspire and uplift others with the messages that your music portrays and now more people are able to witness your rise..

  43. This is an amazing article, I always knew in highschool you did music but I didn’t know how great you really were. You’ve been through a lot in your life and I wish you the best!! And it’s awesome how you’ve been able to stay to true to yourself and the msg of connect squad for so many years. Your a great person and I can’t think of anyone who deserved this article more than you. Continue to thrive and change the music game as we know it!!!!!!

  44. I heard some of your music on my friend Destiny’s phone.. I think u are dope as fuck lol I love what your music stands for, your very inspiring, and I love that you started your CSE app.. I can’t wait until you perform in Atlanta ;))) keep doing ya thing!!!

  45. Awesome article Ezell!! I can see the passion and love you have for your music and what you do as an artist. I have faith that you will ultimately accomplish all your hopes and dreams. Keep moving forward and staying true to your purpose.

  46. Finally a real artist with a real message! You can sense the purpose behind your lyrics and the language you use to connect with the people is stimulating and deliberate…I love it! keep Christ first and keep being real..we ain’t got enough like you..awesome work!

  47. This is really cool sir! I’m proud of you dawg…you seem to be on your way. Keep your eyes on the prize, stay focused, stay humble, and the whole world will know who you are shortly.

  48. Finally!! A real artist with some real music to listen to instead of all of this crazy music that has been presented to our youth these past few years…. Your presentation of your music allows me to sit back and listen from track to track instead of listening to one or two songs. Your voice and lyrics together can catch any listeners attention and give the something to relate to… It gives the youth if these present years something great to look forward to… Thanks for letting me hear your music. Im looking forward to hearing plenty more

  49. Your article is very powerful. It speaks volumes about the man you are. I’m very proud of the accomplishments you have made in just this past year. Your hard work, dedication, and perseverance are just three wonderful traits you have that made you become the successful man that you are today. Your desire for building “Connect Squad Entertainment Empire” is truly remarkable. Landen looks up to you and I couldn’t ask for a more worthy role model. Being able to be here by your side and watch all the time and effort that you have invested into recording “Breathe”, printing t-shirts, designing and printing your own clothing line, looking at your photography portfolio, traveling with you to network, and so much more has been a wonderful blessing to me. I commend you for all of your achievements thus far and the ones that are currently being made. You have my full support! I love you!

  50. Your music speaks your passion glad your following your dreams and reaching for your goal. Connect squad is going to be Big. Let me get a copy…. Keep your determination and your eyes focused. You got this!!!!

  51. This article is amazing. It speaks volumes to how wonderful of a person and how hard of a worker Mr. Ezy truly is. But as someone who knows the man behind the music, I can truly say this is only a fraction of the story. I’ve known Ezy for around two years now and it didn’t take long to see just how great of a person he is. He’s one of the most driven, hard-working, helpful, down-to-earth people I’ve ever met and when I heard his music for the first time, I knew he’d be “something” very quickly. He does so much more than just make ridiculously awesome music. He does photography, video shooting and editing, has a clothing line and printing press, and still has time to be a tremendous friend to those that know home! I wish nothing but the best for my brother Ezy and I certainly look forward to the next big step this young man makes.

  52. Hey I see you doing big things and as a young man I am very happy for you..I look forward to seeing you grow and seeing your work in the future..As a Retired Army Officer I love seeing our young people growing into great leaders..Keep doing your thing:)…Peace and Blessings

  53. Amazing article Ezell as I can see that you’re intelligent , smart and handsome guy and you want to have goals and dreams in life! So therefore keep up the good work!!!

  54. Ezell made me look at music in a different set of eyes, I should say ears rather but I appreciate everything. You don’t see young artist with this much ambition and drive to conquer the dream so many have! Nobody puts in as much hard work I’ve seen you put it! Everything takes time and I see you have accomplished more and more as the time goes by! It’s no doubt in my mind I’ll see you on tv one day! Just keep chasing your dream!

  55. Ay bro I’m loving the well deserved attention you are receiving. Keep up the hard work my G. There isn’t much competition for you my dawg. Stay up.

    • I have known Ezell for three years now and i always look forward to his growth…i am so proud and happy for him…much love and may God continue to be his guide

  56. I can tell you are a man who puts passion into your music. Glad to finally hear some music that can actually speak to the audience. Keep up the great work!

  57. You are a very talented young man. I applaud you for everything you have accomplished. Keep striving for success, because that’s all I see in you.

  58. First let me start off by saying that this is a wonderful article. It can give everyone who is just reading this a visual of how you are. However, this is only by reading what you have to say about yourself. Reading the comments, you can see how much of an impact you have put on the people around you. You are an exceptional man! Your ambition has truly inspired me. I’m proud of you in every way!

  59. Ezell im so proud of you, you have always accomplished everything you set out to do which shows how determination and hard work definitely pay off dont let negative energy get the best of you CONNECT SQUAD E-N-T

  60. It was great running into you again especially to see what great things you are doing with your life i listened to a song of yours a few minutes ago and i heard something you always said,”you’ll die before you fail” and you definitely aren’t failing its always love this way remember that “EZY” lol
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  61. You are a leader in whom influences many i noticed this while you attended fvsu use it for the good of mankind and speak blessings and wisdom over all of your listeners Ezell you have a gift that deserves to be shared with the world anything else would be a disservice first to yourself but to all who expect greatness from u

  62. I remember you announcing a new mixtape every few weeks in high school…i thought that was ambitious and believe it or not it made me strive to be a better student

  63. Like what im hearing right now your music banging right now keep praying for that big day its coming soon. Your boy jaysmooth

  64. I’ve listened to several of your songs and I must say that your are very talented. Keep running toward the goal line. You will definitely make it.
    FOCUS, PUSH, PRAY and don’t ever give up!!! Best of luck.

  65. Good read fam. I see that we have similar goals in how we plan to make an impact in the music industry and change the world via our sounds. Props fam

  66. Your music is different and stands for something more than sex drugs and booty calls which is a good thing blc this generation is in a mess and need to hear your music.

  67. It is a breath of fresh air to see you doing what you love to do and getting the attention we know that you earned. Enjoy the light but use the light to show others they way. Much love and respect to you.

  68. Ezy! You’ve been grinding since the first day I meet you! I’m glad to that you’re doing ya thing with your music as well as your clothing line! Keep up your hard work and you’ll most definitely go far in life. It’s about time that someone has noticed your amazing music. Some real music for this generation.
    CONNECT SQUAD ENT!

  69. Keep up the great work is going to pay off …dedication consistency is going to be your key and I see you have all three qualities …proud of you keep up the great work

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