Gifted: Shouldering Music Through The New Music Movement
Gifted has been working behind the scenes of the music industry for several years. Now as an acclaimed songwriter and producer, he is ready to break into the forefront of the New Music Movementâ€”a collective group of young musicians who are uniting to resuscitate the life of true Hip Hop through their innovative beats and lyricsâ€”as one of the industryâ€™s leading male artists.
Born and raised in the Entertainment Capital of the World—where tourism, gambling, and conventions are primary drivers of the Las Vegas economy—Gifted Johnson has always been exposed to various cultural backgrounds. Gifted is one of seven siblings and has lived in Arizona, Chicago, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. His involvement in childhood sports has helped him find comfort in the midst of the pressures that come with adulthood. Gifted—who has already written or produced songs for renowned musicians such as NeYo, Bel Biv Devoe, Jagged Edge and many more—took a few moments to talk with the Black Star News. Through the exposition of his multi-layered individuality, we discover why his name speaks for itself.
“I always wanted to be a dominant figure in the National Basketball Association,” explains Gifted when asked about his childhood dreams. If Gifted hadn’t been adroit to the music industry, he would be an active ambassador for the youth. “My ideal position outside of the music industry is to be an advocate for children who suffer from various illnesses,” he continues.
Gifted has been working behind the scenes of the music industry for several years. Now as an acclaimed songwriter and producer, he is ready to break into the forefront of the New Music Movement—a collective group of young musicians who are uniting to resuscitate the life of true Hip Hop and R & B through their innovative beats and lyrics—as one of the industry’s leading male R&B and Pop artists. “I am currently working on several major projects of my own and have an amazingly supportive driven team that keeps me on a tight clock,” said Gifted. In describing his upcoming album he assures that his listeners can expect to go on a timeless journey of inspirational stories that intertwine with beautiful melodies and breathtaking lyrics.
Here are some more fun and interesting facts about Gifted that we discovered and hope you’ll find just as engaging as we at the Black Star News did…
What word of wisdom do you live by?
“Life chooses the hardest obstacles only for the most extraordinary people.” Anais Nin
How do you define success?
Success is the sum of one’s goals, knowledge and life accomplishments.
What is your definition of happiness?
Happiness is the ability to provide for my loved ones while walking in my purpose.
What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is Pursuit of Happiness, the biography of Chris Gardner, which depicts the power of human strength and perseverance.
What is your favorite book?
The 4 agreements because it is a book, which offers a code of conduct to promote freedom, true happiness and joy.
Who are the leaders that most inspire you?
Franklin Raines for groundbreaking work on Wall Street. Dr. Patricia Bath who created a cure for cataracts. Clarence Avant, who is a founding father, philanthropist and R&B music pioneer. Finally, Stanley “Tookie” Williams, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
What is the first thing you would do as President of the United States?
I would aim to maintain the integrity and respect of our great nation.
Who is your favorite entertainer?
It’s a tie between Shawn Carter and Curtis Jackson because they are the perfect balance between power, intellect, and hard work. They are also great visionaries.
What are your top three phone applications?
Google Maps, Angry Birds and Pandora
What would be the first thing you would do if today were your last day?
I would wake up and thank the powers at be for having a wonderful life thus far.
What's your vision of a perfect society?
A society that’s not afraid to embrace its differences.
How will you impact the people around you with your fame?
I will use my fame to create platforms and give back to not only my community, but also communities all over the world.
Tell BSN something brief that most people don’t know about you.
Music is not what I do but rather an emotion that I feel.