[Exclusive] ‘Do What You Love & Love What You Do’ Interview with Music Artist Mishon

Many of you may not know, but before starring in ABC Family’s Lincoln Heights, Mishon has been working on his music career since being signed to a record label at 9 years of age. Now at 21, being signed with major record label Columbia Records and partnering up with two legendary music producers Jermaine Dupri and Bryan Michael Cox, Mishon is ready with his R&B sounds to take over the music industry.
Check out our exclusive interview!
Just going to start off by saying I absolutely love your new song ‘Luckiest Man’, how was it to work with two legendary producers Jermaine Dupri and Bryan Michael Cox?
It was amazing. That was really my first time being around them in studio and just being able to go to his lair and see his room where he has crates and crates of historical music that he’s always studying and being able to watch the way they put music together, their formula, it’s just amazing and inspiring at the same time. Some would think that people like JD and B.Cox, two men who have sold platinum albums and millions of records would think they’d act a certain way but really they’re like kids when it comes to music. Just like me, they get into the studio and just have fun.

I was watching a press interview with JD and he mentioned that you have one of the purest voices he’s ever heard! How do you feel about that? That’s an amazing feeling. Knowing myself that I do have a talent but it being confirmed by someone of that stature it’s like I appreciate him. It’s kind of a relief and a confirmation at the same time something I already knew.

Alright, so tell us about your journey to becoming an artist prior to being signed with Columbia Records.
It’s definitely been a journey, I’ve been doing music since I was 10 years old. So it’s going on 11 years now I’ve just been focusing on my craft. From being a kid actor on a major network television show (Lincoln Heights) from that progression all the way to now, where I’m actually creating music, writing and producing songs it’s an amazing feeling. To be able to take control of my music, take control of my sound, it’s a great feeling and I’m just happy to be where I’m at. I already know it’s going to all pay off.

Now from Lincoln Heights, did the writers originally want your character to play an aspiring musician or is that something you requested to be written in? Not at all. That’s the funny part, when they casted me for the show they already knew that I was involved with music and they saw my passion in my music career. When the second season came around they came up to me and said “okay we know that you do music, would you like to showcase this in anyway on the show?” So I sat down with the writers and we just talked about it and we slowly designed my character into the music direction. I even got to choose what special guest artist I wanted on the show and it ended up being Trey Songz. I had a lot of say so it was a lot of fun the fact I got to be a kid and mix in my love of music on the TV show.

Do you remember the first time music had a big effect on your life?
I can’t tell you the first time music had a big effect on my life but I would say daily.

Sometimes when I create something that I love and I know is going to resonate with people so deeply, I just get this crazy feeling inside, crazy chills and it makes me happy. When music makes you feel all types of emotion at the same time, that’s when you know it’s good.

I love the interaction you have with your followers, you’re very active in setting time apart from your busy schedule to talk to them on all social media outlets. I think it’s really dope that you take that extra step further and make your fans feel wanted. Now if you could describe your fans in one word, what would it be?
I would say Diamonds. I call my fans diamonds because we’re all beautiful and we continue to shine through and through in everything.

So you’ve been in the entertainment industry for a long time now, of all those years what would you say was the best advice ever given to you?
I had met Pharrell one time at a party and he basically told me “Do you and do what everybody else can’t do.”

What would you say is something that makes you want to do better?
Definitely my family. They push me to do better at everything, always motivating me by showing me I can be better. I just think it’s so important to surround yourself with well grounded people that only want the best for you.

So you got signed to Columbia Records, you released your mixtape “The Gift” last year and now you have the most popular song on the album of America’s #1 romantic comedy (About Last Night), what’s next for Mishon?
I’m working on an album! I’m really excited about it. Me and Jermaine Dupri are about to get back in with a bunch of people who have already helped my career get off in a good direction.

Last but certainly not least, if you had one message to get across to a large group of people what would it be?
Do what you love and love what you do.

Simple and direct.

Last week, Mishon gave us a taste of what he’s been working on with the release of his new single ‘Luckiest Man’ from About Last Night’s movie soundtrack. Personally, I feel like this is that feel good R&B that needs to come back, like now! Well you heard it here first, make sure you follow Mishon on his journey to stardom!

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Now signing off with the reminder: Don’t wait for the world to recognize your greatness, live it and let the world catch up to you.


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