Shawn Jermaine is a singer and songwriter who has released the single Go to Work; here is a link to his Youtube page:
Q: What made you interested in music?
A: It’s always been a passion of mine. It’s in my DNA. Ever since I was able to talk, I started singing tunes. As I grew up, I was always into all types of music and so fascinated with performing in front of crowds. I just knew it was what I wanted to do in life.
Q: What inspired you to write Go to Work?
A: My inspiration for Go To Work was really organic. I was going out non stop since I had just moved to SoCal, and when I would go out I always felt as if it was about that time to “Go To Work”, really in my zone and ready to show out. It’s definitely an egotistical track that gives off a feeling that no matter what your doing, swimming, working out, dancing, or even headed to your job, your basically in YOUR ZONE, and it’s time to Go To Work.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your work?
A: I’m a freelance make up artist, so my schedules pretty flexible, But it influences my job in many ways. I get to be on different sets for videos/photo shoots, see how behind the scenes stuff works, I can get myself ready for events or whatever I need to look good for, and just being around people who share the same passion of being in the entertainment industry in general.
Q: Who are some of your influences?
A: Some of my influences are Prince, Michael Jackson, Grace Jones, Beyoncé, Madonna just to name a few. I’m really influenced by their uniqueness and courageous character, which really makes them stand out , and their legends because their great performers, their actually great at what they do.
Q: What is your oddest backstage story?
A: My oddest backstage story would definitely have to be when I was a lead role in a musical play when I was in theatre school, and I was putting on my outfit and there was a rope that was suppose to be tied around this sheet-like attire, and instead of the too short rope, They wrapped a rubber band around me and it snapped as soon as I was about to go on stage, so the whole time I’m thinking, this is going to fall down and I’m going to be so embarrassed.
Q: What do you like about the music industry?
A: I like that it’s really up to the audience and the people in the world to decide who it is that they want to like and look up to, or who they want to be influenced by and follow. I also love the fact that you get to express yourself in many different ways. There’s so much talent out there and so many different types of people that make the music industry interesting.
Q: What would you change about it?
A: I would definitely change the political stand point. or certain blue prints. I feel that when your an artist you should be able to express yourself the way YOU want to express, so I would just say the business aspect of it would be what I would want to change about it.
Q: What has been your most memorable celebrity encounter thus far?
A: I was at a friend of mines movie premiere, his name is Shane Bitney Crone, for his documentary Bridegroom, and I was literally standing next to Adam Lambert, conversated for awhile, took pictures, and he was so humble and down to earth, It was a pleasure.
Q: Do you think your androgynous style will help or hurt you in the long run?
A: Honestly, I’d be lying if I said I’ve never had thoughts of it hurting my career in the long run, but after a while, I came to grips with myself and embracing individuality and I’m at a point right now where I just don’t care, because it’s a way I express my artistry. On a spiritual note, I know that if somebody doesn’t appreciate it over there in one corner, it’s not meant to be, and I’ll be lead in the direction that it is appreciated. I’d rather be respected for embracing standing out than fitting in.
Q: What are some of the things you are doing to be heard?
A: I’m doing a lot of promotion, radio, blogs, social media networking, going to events for press, I’m teaming up with friends of mine who have been involved in major projects and showing my face in some of their stuff here and there and definitely just staying relevant in all good ways that I can; and most importantly continuing to put out music as my following grows daily.
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