Taurus Hearns Jr. (born July 25, 1994), known professionally as “Truth” is a young aspiring music artist, Christian songwriter and record producer who was born in Youngstown, Ohio. At the age of six months, he was legally adopted by his paternal grandmother, Linda Faye Jones, and raised in Pinson, Alabama where he attended church since age six. Truth credits his grandmother for keeping him on the right path and providing him with opportunity to break the cycle of substance abuse and crime, encountered by his mother, Tonya Hearns, and father Taurus Hearns Sr. (who continues to spend the majority of his adult life in prison).
Truth was first introduced to music while attending church where he learned to play the drums and sing in the choir. As an adolescent, he became aware of his talents for singing and rapping after his uncle would take him to a studio to record. Not only did Truth discover his vocals, he also realized his unique artistic gift and talent of writing and composing music.
Inspired by musical leaders and pioneers such as Bob Marley, 2Pac, Lauren Hill, Lecrae, ColdPlay and others, at age nineteen, Truth started his own independent record production company, HillZion Records where he released several tracks including “Alive”, “Dreams”, “Jesus Swagg”, and the Christian remix to Fetty Wap “Jesus Won’t You Come My Way”.
Although the themes of his music centers around everyday struggles of life and how to positively cope with problems, the majority is about “glorifying the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and giving those who listen to it, hope in knowing there is a better tomorrow for those who seek a better future in Christ.” Truth’s music is positive, uplifting and motivating. It inspires and nurtures the soul, giving ultimate praise to the One above.
With his southern flavor and thoughtful approach to music Truth is anything but your cookie cutter hip-hop artist. He has quickly gained a follower from his unconventional approach. Truth is focus on spreading his positive message to the masses and seeks to change the music industry.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
TRUTH: Although I was born in Youngstown, Ohio, I was raised in the Birmingham, Alabama area (Pinson, Alabama).
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
TRUTH: I was first introduced to music at church where I played the drums and sang in the choir. Shortly after learning to play the drums, I became aware of my gift of singing and rapping particularly when my uncle Lorenzo put me in a booth and began to record me. It was then that I discovered my artistic gift and talent of writing and composing music.
In high school, I initially sang in the Beginners’ Choir then moved up to Chamber Choir. After performing very well, I was selected for Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA) and earned the 2012 Alabama Honor Choir Award.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
TRUTH: I have wanted to record and release my own music since hearing the great art that came forth from talented musical leaders and pioneers such as Bob Marley, 2Pac, Lauren Hill, Lecrae, and ColdPlay. I love the music making process and how positive music can enhance and develop the environment for others. By creating music, I can directly influence and provide a positive escape for others through inspiration and motivation.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
TRUTH: As an independent recording artist and leader, my music is about everyday struggles of life and how to positively cope with problems. My music evidences my personal growth as a human being throughout the years. It also highlights my mistakes and shortcomings, and signifies how growth and maturation are truly a process. The majority of my music is about glorifying my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and giving those who listen to it hope in knowing that there is a better tomorrow for those who seek a better future in Christ.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
TRUTH: As an artist for the people and by the people, my fan base is comprised of all ethnic and racial groups who love great music for the mind, body and soul. I am an artist, not a rapper. Through my lyrics, I paint a picture for my fan base. The track is my canvas and the lyrics are my paint. Therefore, my art is for the world to see, hear, feel and touch. Ultimately my fan base is directed towards the people, everyone, period.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
TRUTH: Since I was six years old, music has been in my ears and blood. My musical influences are impacted by a wide array of artists, from Bob Marley to 2Pac, to Lauren Hill, among many others. These different and unique artists inspired an intense music passion within me. I would consider myself to be influenced by not only the artists I’ve mentioned but by many genres as well.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
TRUTH: I would describe my music as simply art. It is positive, uplifting and motivating. My music inspires and nurtures the soul, giving ultimate praise to the One above. It is truly for the soul and a demarcation of creativity at its finest.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
TRUTH: Since my passion for music is inspired from the Spirit within and I’m a unique being formed by God, I naturally stand out from other artists. I have my own image, my own flow, my own way of being creative and relating to people of all backgrounds. I don’t seek satisfaction from what man can do for me. Rather, I seek satisfaction from what God can do for other people through me. This mindset not only drives how I interact, care for and serve others through my music, it is the very attribute that allows me to stand out from other artists. Many people attempt to write, compose and deliver music for self-serving reasons. Because my drive and motivation is internal and unselfish, I’m set apart from others naturally.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
TRUTH: After releasing my first EP, titled “Alive”, I’ve been working on my second EP, “Grace”. It will consist of four songs with a single that will take the industry by storm. Although the release date has not been determined yet, I’m sure it will change the sound of Hip-Hop.
I’m also working to set up live performances. I’ve done them in the past and will continue to do so in order to promote my music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
TRUTH: Ultimately, my main goal is to bring praise to God, pushing His kingdom forward while positively touching the lives of others through my music. As an artist, my career goals also include becoming one of the greatest to interact with Hip-Hop, Pop and EDM. I aspire to be a Grammy award-winning artist, to write for other amazing artists and help create a new sound within the music industry.
Within the next ten years, I see myself becoming very wealthy, winning several awards (e.g. Dove, BET, Grammies). My intent is not to become prideful and show off the awards, but rather serve as a witness to others who have the same goals and dreams as I do, that achieving one’s goals is possible for him or her, just as it is for a young man from Birmingham/Pinson, Alabama.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
TRUTH: OfficialX_Truth fans can access my music by visiting NoiseTrade.com and SoundCloud.com. I can also be contacted by having them join my fan mailing list at firstname.lastname@example.org and by looking me up on FaceBook and Twitter at OfficialX_Truth.
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