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Hip Hop Artist, Producer, Songwriter and Philanthropist James Conway,
born Bilal Muhammad on January 6th, is a native of Newark “Brick City”
New Jersey. He is influenced by many different music genres which
makes his music style versatile and unorthodox. He was greatly
influenced by his own mother who used to record music when he was a
young boy. Watching her made him realize that he wanted to make music
and make his mark in hip-hop. After attending some college he became
disinterested in his classes and knew he had to work on his music
24/7. Music was his passion and destiny and he needed to begin living
is dreams. Now being in the rap game for the last eight years, Conway
continues to push the envelope and strive for greatness. He credits
all of his success thus far to God, without Him he feels he could not
have achieved many things in his life.
At one point of his life he was homeless. “I had to beg people to let
me sleep on their floors and couches but finding God gave me peace in
the storm. I was happier than ever. I achieved many things in life but
none of it ever brought me true happiness and here I was dead broke
and I was having the time of my life. God is good!” His goal is to
create music people will love, enjoy, and be inspired. Conway states
his “biggest fear is not giving my all. I can take a loss with no
problem but I got to know in my heart of hearts that I gave it my best
shot. In time you’ll get over losing because it teaches you what not
to do the next time around but not trying will haunt you forever”.
But that is what he does with his music, he gives his all in every
song especially his singles “Music” and “Redlines”. When it comes to
writing he is inspired by Babyface, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and John
Lennon. He describes himself as a tenacious, humble person who is
fluid and can adapt to any situation. In the future he wishes to work
with Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, 50 Cent and Eminem. One thing
Conway wants to achieve in life is to become successful and accomplish
everything that he sets his heart to do. He intends to reach back
and give opportunities to others, which he does with his music every
Check out James new single here: HUSTLIN YA LOVE
Follow James on Twitter @TheRealConway
Source: KLPR Group
ChristieOhh: Was music a big part of growing up in your home?
Vaughn: Yes! I grew up in a musical family. My grandmother played the organ, my mother was a choir director and sings, my dad was a drummer and tenure. JL (short for John Legend) and I was always singing growing up. Even now, every Christmas my family get around the piano and sing-both sides of my family, it’s in my blood.
ChristieOhh: When did you discover you could sing?
Vaughn: (laughs) When girls asked me to sing on the phone. They would ask me to sing to me and I was like yea I got u. At home they would tell me to shut up and stop singing but the girls always wanted me to sing to them.
ChristieOhh: What are some great memories for you so far?
Vaughn: I have a lot of great memories; traveling the world, singing background for my brother and opening up. The magic moment hasn’t happened just yet but I know it is soon to come, I can feel it!
ChristieOhh: Being that John Legend is your brother, do you feel any pressure?
Vaughn: No pressure. I’m just doing my thing. John did what he was supposed to do…that’s shine. I’m just doing what I’m supposed to do. I’m here to do my thing. It’s no competition between us at all. All brotherly love!
ChristieOhh: Who has influenced your career?
Vaughn: Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Raphael Saadiq, Mint Conditon, The Winans Family and several other artists as well. It’s a lot of talent out here.
ChristieOhh: Who would you love to work with?
Vaughn: D’Angelo…he’s very talented!
ChristieOhh: What do you want to give the world through your music?
Vaughn: I want to give the world good music, real music. I want to be as transparent as I can. I want to give the world reality through music, something good to listen too; good lyrics along with good sound/tunes.
ChristieOhh: What do you do outside of music?
Vaughn: I work out to keep my body tight. When I’m really bored I start drawing and I do a little acting . I spend a lot of time with my children. That’s about it.
ChristieOhh: Was being an artist your first career choice?
Vaughn: No, I wanted to go to the NBA. I had hoop dreams going on. I didn’t make it that far. I knew it was over when I stop listening to the coach in college. But now I’ve picked up the pen, pad and microphone. I’ve been entertaining since a kid. It’s my thing.
ChristieOhh: What’s next for you?
Vaughn: My mix tape comes out in March, “Life of a Player”. I have an album dropping shortly after the mix tape drops. Expect everything out of the mix tape. I’m bringing good R&B ballets, Mid and Up tempo, Soulful/Popish type feel. Get the people moving and their ears listening. It’s going to be the same for the album. The sound of the album is not going to be far from the mix tape.
ChristieOhh: Any feautures on the mix tape, “Life of a Player”?
Vaughn: Oh yes! My brother, John Legend, Rick Ross, Olivia, Prodigy and a new artist by the name of Dunson. Majority of tracks were produced by Grammy Nominated Phat Boiz, they produced my brother’s first single.
Anthony’s music is available on iTunes and on Amazon.
For updates and more info, visit www.vaughnanthonymusic.com
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