Listen to the live interview June 28 at 8:40 pm et Episode #485: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax : http://tobtr.com/10085203
GETTING TO KNOW HARBOR BOY TWIST
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio
Interviewing: Roosevelt Lee-Fleming
Song name: “R.O.C.”
Music Genre: Inspirational Hip-Hop/TrapSoul
My song is actually also the title of my album, “R.O.C.” “ROC”, of course, is famously known as the record label which birthed the career of one of my personal favorites, Jay-Z. That name also has a more personal meaning to ME. My Mother is and has always been my “Rock”. Her name sounds EXACTLY like Roxanne – but it is spelled (ROC) -ann. On the chorus I say, I go hard like the “ROC” in my Mama name/ That’s ROC-ANN with a C, Man, it’s not a game/ She told me, “Boy, say “YES, I CAN!! – before Obama came/ Be True to Who You Are, and you’ll do a LOT of thangs/…. So, basically, “ROC” is a Dedication to my Family, more pointedly my Mother & also serves ME as a reminder to my SELF as to what MY Divine Purpose still is. It’s through the Music.
As an artist I Just to continue to grow…
I push myself to grow with my fans and continue to “Connect” with them on a regular, even daily, basis. More than anything, I want to Inspire & Motivate the People while maintaining my Authenticity — “Being True To Myself”…. The album in it’s entirety is meant as my personal message to the world to not let anything or anyone change the Core Values of who You are as an individual.
I’m from a small town in Southwest Michigan…
called Benton Harbor. But I reside in a town about 45 minutes away from there called Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo is an eclectic college town with a lot of cultural diversity & the musical scene is very rich. On the flip side to that though, there’s not a lot of avenues or plateaus for Independent Artists or local talent. The music scene is somewhat bias in accordance to Prior successes.
I Love Music, EVERY aspect of it. Particularly the FIGHT of it. I can’t imagine anyone or any artist having a musical journey and not encounter trial, tribulations and obstacles. From the music business aspect, I was introduced to a lot of new understandings during my studies at Berklee College of Music. There’s many different angles and dynamics to becoming a successful music artist. The creativity has always been second nature for me, but the business side is one that I’m hoping to become a great student of and continue to grow and learn.
I would love to have 5 minutes alone with….
It’s impossible for me to choose between Carole King and Diane Warren. I choose them because both women were inspirational trailblazers as songwriters. During their respective eras, they made a huge impact in what used to be a very male dominated industry. I began to study them as songwriters when I discovered that they are responsible for countless chart toppers and #1 hits. I follow both women closely on social media, and the one thing that resonates to me is, with as successful as they are, they’re very humble. I would love to have the opportunity to pick each of their minds.
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