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Rising Music Star Jay Guernon On The Five Things You Need To Shine In The Music Industry

An Interview With Edward Sylvan

Before you can succeed in this industry, understand the difference between a leader and a follower. For example, this is a competitive industry where you will be told what to do when you operate with a team. But if this goes against your morals or character don’t do it! Lead in your vision — do not follow another’s sight.

As a part of our series about rising music stars, we had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Jay Guernon.

Jay Guernon’s hope is to motivate listeners to pursue their dreams by taking the biggest step toward a brighter future — prioritizing their health. One thing many don’t know about Jay is that he chooses to be sober. Without the influence of drugs or alcohol, Guernon is carving out his own lane in the industry, one anthem at a time. Originally from Arkansas, he was always a big fan of pop music. Now that he’s dabbled in a few different genres, he and feedback from his fans have solidified that pop is the lane where he truly thrives. Always challenging himself to be better, Jay Guernon plans to use “Go Baby” as a springboard for many new infectious hits to come.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?

I grew up in a house full of entertainers. I was raised by a single mother who supported me and my brother. Upstairs my aunt and cousin stayed. I spent my entire life chasing music because my brother who is older than me by 10 years was a rapper, My mom a singer, my cousin an actor.

We didn’t have much growing up but with god given gifts there were no complaints, life in itself is so beautiful. Swayed in different paths being an athlete gamer, even electrician jobs at a young age working for my father’s company. I feel that all led me to understanding life and music in a different light so for that I’m thankful.

Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?

My mother told me I could hum along to songs before I could talk, and my brother Zander Jones, was a rapper. Him being 10 years older than me, of course, I’d look up to him. I spent every day trying to write the perfect song to get his approval at first. Having the natural passion for music, you can only imagine how big the dreams became. I knew from a young age music was for me.

Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?

I was recording a song at this recording studio, we were playing it super loud. And my producer opens the door to get food, and there’s Tyler the Creator and he said this tracking is F***** DOPE. I just appreciate the compliment and it made the session even more of a vibe.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

I don’t believe in mistakes, but my advice to anybody looking to take music seriously is don’t let people who have never made it in music, decide what you should and shouldn’t do. What works for others might not work for you. In reality, if everyone’s ideas worked everyone would be a successful recording artist. I learned to surround yourself around great people and take your time with your personal development. If people truly believe in you they’ll stick around.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

After 22 years of life, I finally discovered my sound, it was a slow transition but the pop sound that was developed transferred even more into Afro beats, which is what you will hear on the next single. At the moment, I’m working on an Afro music project featuring 3 artists that are very well known in the community.

We are very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?

Diversity is so important. In today’s age, it’s all about showcasing your true gift, there’s no perfect nothing. Doesn’t matter if you’re skinny, big, black, white. We are all one in god. The amount of raw talent and gifts the world has…I want everyone to be able to show it, from whatever country, town, city, ethnicity, etc.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

First thing, separate yourself from the leeches. If you can learn now early on, everyone is not your friend, you will save yourself from great problems. Not knowing that interfered with all types of good opportunities at first for me.

Second, before you can succeed in this industry, understand the difference between a leader and a follower. For example, this is a competitive industry where you will be told what to do when you operate with a team. But if this goes against your morals or character don’t do it! Lead in your vision — do not follow another’s sight.

Third, your mental health is more important than likes. Don’t jeopardize your everyday health to please others. It’s okay to miss out on a little fun for a lifetime of happiness. Enjoy your youth and creativity.

Four, take the business side seriously. Music is constructed of 70% business, 30% music. Read books on music, watch interviews and podcasts and learn everything you can. And please don’t sign a contract without a lawyer. And don’t let short-term money dictate your life.

Five, have a backup plan. I know some might not want to hear this. But this music stuff doesn’t last forever. Even if you are the greatest in the world. Make sure you use the fame and fortune to set your grandkids up for a nice life. Think beyond your own life.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Just keep creating good music, truly. Don’t worry about politics so much. Stick to what you believe is good music. Don’t make music for others’ opinions. Showcase your talent and the world will listen.

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)

The concept of happiness, nowadays we are at an all time high with depression and anxiety, but it is being caused by our foods, and environment, and this idea we have of money and social media. If I could explain to the world what your body actually needs, the definition of being healthy, true peace. That’s the only thing I care about once it is my turn for the world to listen.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

God, I’m thankful to god. I’ve been through a lot in my life that I’m not ready to share with everyone just yet. But God has brought me through and kept me on an elevation upwards and for that I’m thankful.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“Jack of all trades is a master of none, but often better than a master of one.” I used this because don’t be scared to take risks. Do everything your heart desires!!!!! Don’t dedicate so much into one thing that you forget there’s more to life.

Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. :-)

Cydney Christine — Lil Cc. She’s a talented producer, a conversation from music to business would be dope.

How can our readers follow you online?

Instagram : JayGuernon

Twitter :JayGuernon

Facebook: JayGuernon


YouTube: JayGuernon

This was very meaningful, thank you so much! We wish you continued success!



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