and his House experiences with us in this Media Services NYC exclusive. Susan Rescue Reports.
The jump from minister’s son in North Carolina to worldwide House Music sensation as the “Voice of Undergound House” seems like the stuff of Underground legend. How did this become a reality for you?
I moved from Texas to New York in 1986 and started by singing everywhere I could. One day a friend of mine told me about an audition for a backup singer for a group with Ed “The Red” Goltsman and I went. When Ed heard me sing he fired the front man and made me the front and the rest is history. We recorded my first project and I've been rocking the scene from 1990 until now.
When you moved to NYC, what was of the greatest impact that kept you here? How did you know you had found the right place to establish yourself?
Ed The Red. As a matter of fact, I was getting ready to move back to Texas when my friend told me about the audition. I learned that when the Lord is in it you will win it and i just keep on moving.
Tell us about your first recording experience with Bottomline Records. How has that first experience changed over the years to recording music today?
In the beginning, I was very afraid because I don't read music. I was scared that I wouldn't be able to do it right, but Ed loved the fact that I sing from my soul and he really worked with me to bring it all out. It was hard and there were a lot of long nights but, we did it. Now, I'm very comfortable in my skin and I have learned that when the soul song is sung it opens the heart of man and, so, I soul sing when I get the chance. I started doing Deep House, but now I'm doing big room and spoken word as well. I love it all!!
I’ve had the opportunity to see you perform “Well of Love” live. Tell us about working with Davidson Ospina on this track. How has its success affected your career?
Wow! Working with Davidson Ospina has opened up a brand new door for me. I think people always knew who I was, but the “Well of Love” track really took it to the next level. Now I'm getting requests from all over the world to do vocals on projects. It has truly been a blessing and I can't say “thank you” enough to Davidson Ospina and Oscar P for always having my back.
You’ve performed for audiences all over the world. What has been the most fun location for you? Where is the one place you want to leave your impression on that you have yet to perform at?
One of my favorite places was Rome, Italy. Last year, I learned why they call it the “City of Eternal Love”. The people were so sweet to me and gave me so much love. The place I really want to go and do my thing is the south of France and I hope to make that my reality in 2012. Get ready, France! Here I come!
You have a wonderfully full discography. To what do you attribute your staying power?
Nothing, but the grace of GOD! It seems that, no matter what I'm going through, the Lord always sends the right people at the right time and, now, even more so. I have some great new tracks coming from South Africa, as well as Italy and from all over the world in the New Year. The bomb is getting ready to explode again!
You’ve worked with a variety of producers over the span of your career. Whose work do you admire that have you yet to work with?
I would love to work with Maurice Joshua, Bob Sinclair, Axwell, as well as David Guetta. I can't wait to do some work with some of the new cats on the scene as well.
What upcoming projects do you have in the works? Any tour dates, performances scheduled?
Well, I have a new one with Davidson Ospina coming and I hope to be doing a new one with Oscar P soon, as well as Yuri Omneari from London. I also would love to do a tour of Spain, France and Italy next spring, as well as South Africa, but nothing solid as of yet.
What words of wisdom can you offer to a budding recording artist whose dream is to impact the world the way you have?
Stay focused and attract to you the highest energies that the universe has to offer, and always love what you’re doing. When you are love, love comes back to you many times over..
I just want to say “Thank you!” to all the people who have been with me on this journey and, I promise, I will always try my best to make your heart sing! Love you all! MJ White
Thank you, MJ, for sharing your insights and the “well of love”.