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Ones To Watch┃ Words by Maria Højrup Darger ┃ 01.10.2020

Growing up in a Christian household on the west side of Detroit, attending the Church of God in Christ every Sunday, singing in the Church Choir, and rapping in his grandparents’ basement cultivated the multi-faceted artist’s skill and ability. He learned to sing with the soul, passion, and zest and that is often prevalent and admired in African American churches. Known as one to march to the beat oh his drum and possess a tenacious love of the arts, the gifted singer has often labeled humbled as the ‘’odd-ball-out.’’ Choosing to develop the side of himself that differentiated him from the average, Solo E learned to play guitar and piano. The music he created was mostly Christian Rap up until he moved to Chicago and took a different path.

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IZLAND meets solo e and talks music.

When did you start making music?

 

I started making music at the age of six. I learned how to produce from being around my auntie Kim Pratt a lot and she taught me so much. But once I turned eighteen, I decided to take my music career to the next level. 

 

 

Who are you listening to at the moment? 

 

At the moment, I'm listening to Kaash Paige, Brent Faiyaz, a lot of old 90's music from New Edition, and also a lot of new R&B music.

 

 

A lot is going on in the world right now, what is your next step from here?

 

 My next step is to drop a few singles then after I will go on tour as an indie artist, and sell merch to all of my fans. 

 

 

What makes you make music? 

 

The everyday struggles and fun moments I experience in life. 

 

 

What are you most proud of so far in your journey? 

I'm very proud of a few things. First and foremost, I'm proud to have had the opportunity to perform on National TV BET "106&Park" back in 2012, which sparked up my fan base. Also, I'm very proud of being one of the opening acts for the BET Tour with Tyga, Jacob Latimore & Soulja Boy. These moments are what made me the artist I am now. 

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Growing up in a Christian household on the west side of Detroit, attending the Church of God in Christ every Sunday, singing on the church choir, and rapping in his grandparents’ basement cultivated the multi-faceted artist’s skill and ability. He learned to sing with the soul, passion, and zest that is often prevalent and admired in African American churches. Known as one to march to the beat of his own drum and to possess a tenacious love of the arts, the gifted singer has often labeled himself as the “odd-ball-out.” Choosing to develop the side of himself that differentiated him from the average, Solo E learned to play the guitar and piano. The music he created was mostly Christian Rap up until he moved to Chicago and took to a different path.