So I was sitting here just writing a new song and thinking about music (of course)/about things that inspire me… and I realized that these are the precious moments that artists get when working hard and diligently to reach their goals. I always tell people how excited I am about the music and I’m sure folks are like “blah blah blah” at this point but every time I go back and listen to my collection of work, I get goosebumps. I hear the growth and I’m inspired to work harder. I’ve gone from songs like “Love No Way” and “Wrong Time, Wrong Place” to “Fairytale Stories” and Freedom Cry.” I have a personal collection of my life’s experiences catalogued in years of music. It’s so cool to reflect and it makes me think, I might not be the artist that’s compared to Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, or Beyonce but I’m DeAndre Wright and I’m proud to be her. I’m in a cool place of transitioning from a young woman to a grown woman and I love it! I have lived a pretty cool life, if I must say so myself, and a few might think it’s boring because I don’t hang off the chandelier every night lol but WHO CARES?! I’m just ready for my next platform in life that I can be heard… and once I get it, you guys won’t be able to shut me up!
A day or so ago, prepping for Austin was kind of tough. I went out on a mission to try and have everything together for my SXSW trip and ran into a couple of roadblocks. I don’t know if they could be classified as completely physical but there were a lot of tears involved. The best liquid prayers come from those times when your back is pressed up against the wall. Funny thing is you don’t want to call and tell folks you’re having emotional breakdowns… so you write.
Everything seems to flow when I write. I’m taken away to the place in my life where I want to be. I can leave my problems in the physical realm and escape to my true self… who I think God really wants me to be. I’m pure in thoughts and emotion. Nothing is contrived. I just release in the quiet of my surroundings and I start to figure out who I am and what it is that I’m doing to support me reaching my goals.
It’s tough for us artists and I’m sure that when my journey takes off into unfamiliar places, people will be able to understand the range of emotions we experience daily (from the simplest things) just from reading my rants.
Being artistic is a blessing and a curse.
Yes I get to express myself, and wear nice things to go to fun places but I’m also bogged down by the expectations I give myself from watching too much freaggin TV or listening to stations that don’t play music that sounds like anything that I’m creating. Funny thing is I’m not the only one. So I have those times in the quiet when I have to realize what my real motivation is. What am I trying to prove?
On a lighter note… I saw a little boy in “Tarjet” scooting around in women’s high heels while his mother tried to yank him back on the aisle lol. Then at the car wash a little girl was ignoring her “Nana” who continuously screamed “No Ma’am” every time the little girl did some thing bad… Nana also threatened “Ma’am” a many spankings in front of some “blue collars” and “yuppies”. Bold lol and very old school.
Hey there world… I’m DeAndre Wright and I’m from good ol’ Houston Texas.
To tell you the truth, I should have been blogging a lonnnggg time ago. I’ve had some really interesting experiences and have been quite a few places but I’ve been fighting the blogging world for a while lol. Today, as I was sitting in my room reflecting about my life, I made the choice to share myself with people that are willing to “listen”. I figured that I now I have the chance to completely express myself uninterrupted… so I guess I’m going to JUST DO IT…
Here’s a (kinda) quick glimpse of who I am and what I’ve been up to…
the daughter of Jimmie and Lillie, stepdaughter to Bonita and Roger, sister of Terald, Deangela, and Roger…
…on top of them,I have a HUGE family as you can see :)
I am a friend to many and hopefully foe to a only a few (if I have any out there)…
a former student of Betsy Ross Elementary, Clifton Middle School, Kashmere High School’s Conrad O. Johnson School of Fine Arts (Valedictorian of my class :-)
a graduate of the University of Houston’s English-Creative Writing program (with honors… so proud)
I’m a former intern of Music World Entertainment… Home of Beyonce Knowles and Destiny’s Child
a former street team member of 104.1 KRBE (and that is Alicia Keys pictured if you’re wondering)…
a former slave of corporate America… (I hope to never go back. Seriously.) Lol
…but overall, I’m a true artistic individual and singing/writing is my passion.
I’m sure that is a bit to soak in and that the pix are an eyeful but I just wanted to make a proper introduction to you lovely people. I’ve been exposed to so many wonderful things that I had to narrow it down a little. But anywho… if you’re willing to get to know me, I’m willing to dish :) Get ready because this is about to be interesting lol…