An interview with GREATHOUSE
DK: How would you define yourself and your role in music?
GREATHOUSE: I would define myself as mostly a crooner or balladeer. I keep wanting to do more upbeat music, but people give the best response when I’m singing a ballad or a good crooning love song. My hope is that my role in music will be to bring the true love song back. There are some great songs out right now, but not many real love songs. I want to bring back those songs that tell a whole love story within the span of the song.
DK: I would have to agree, you’re voice is so smooth and ballads are just so fitting for the style of your voice. Not to say that you should ever limit yourself by any means, but to say that it is where (I feel) you shine the brightest. Have you had any lessons? If so, how do you feel those lessons helped you with your music?
GREATHOUSE: I have had lessons. They helped a lot with my breathing and delivery of a song. Singing is much more than singing the right notes. You have to be able to control your dynamics and deliver emotion through what you are singing. My vocal coach, Pam Davis, helped me a lot with that.
DK: The lessons definitely paid off and it was your voice that was the icing on the cake upon first hearing of your music. When did you realize you wanted to be a musician?
GREATHOUSE: I would guess that would be in high school. I didn’t know if I wanted to be a full-fledged artist, but I knew that I wanted to be around music in some form.
DK: How long have you been pursuing your music career professionally?
GREATHOUSE: I’ve been pursuing this career for about 8 or 9 years now. I started off doing background and then live covers at different venues. I finally decided that I wanted more than singing other people’s songs, so I started to write my own music. I think I was nervous about stepping out in front, but I got over that after a while and decided that I wanted to make something that will hopefully last long after I’m gone.
DK: Good for you to recognize your abilities and have the courage to take that chance in yourself and in your career. I believe it has already been the first of many great steps ahead for you in your music career. Who are some of your musical inspirations and how have you transformed those inspirations into your own wonderful pieces of music?
GREATHOUSE: I have a lot of musical inspirations. I like a lot of different types of music, but I’ll keep the list as short as I can. Marvin Gaye, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita Baker, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Brian McKnight, Eric Clapton, PJ Morton, Maze ft Frankie Beverly, Fleetwood Mac, The Isley Brothers. There’s a lot! I like to draw different things from each of them. Marvin’s smoothness, Ella’s control, Donny’s tone, etc.
DK: Yep, I can totally see those influences, but you’ve made them so much a part of you, that you is all I hear and not anyone else. Well done! How is the Houston music scene? Would you say it is (overall) healthy where artists are collaborative? Would you say it is easy to get gigs in Houston?
GREATHOUSE: I definitely think that Houston is one of the most talented cities in the world. You can literally throw a rock and hit at least 10 good musicians/singers. I wish that there were more venues that supported live music in the city. There’s enough talent to keep multiple places packed with live music 7 days a week.
DK: OUCH! Fun analogy there! Tell me about the album, Radio? It is coming out soon, isn’t it?
GREATHOUSE: The album has been in the works for almost 4 years now. After releasing the first single, Forever, people have been asking when the album will be available. It is being released this Friday, 7/20, so I’m hoping that people will hear it and love it. The people who have heard it so far have had nothing but amazing things to say about it. I hope that will be the consensus with everyone.
DK: Well, everything I’ve heard has been a great musical creation and a great testiment to all your hard work over the years, you have a lot to be proud of. Was there a lyrical theme?
GREATHOUSE: Love. All my songs are about some aspect of love. Each song has a little different vibe to it and that’s why I called it Radio. I wanted it to feel like the listener is flipping through stations on a radio.
DK: Nice and ingenious! Where was it recorded?
GREATHOUSE: Studio 503 in Houston, TX
DK: What does the collective works on the album mean to you personally as an artist?
GREATHOUSE: Accomplishment. There were times that I didn’t think that I would be able to complete this album, but I sacrificed, prayed, and kept going. Just knowing that this album is complete and that people are going to be able to enjoy it means a great deal to me.
DK: As it should.. I am excited for you to see the fruits of your labor realized. That has to be one of the most rewarding parts in the life as an artist. The recording experience, have you recorded in the studio before recording this album?
GREATHOUSE: I have recorded before, but my producer, Ced Smith, was able to push me vocally. More than I thought I could go. We had a lot of arguments while I was in the booth because there were things that I didn’t think I could do vocally, but I’m glad I had a producer who believed in my gift. This whole process has been a continuous learning experience.
DK: We all need someone like Ced in our lives, I think; someone to realize our potential even when we don’t. How often do you perform live?
GREATHOUSE: I used to perform every week, but I backed off of that and I’ve done a few shows a year in the city and sometimes in Louisiana. For the past couple of years I have been focused mainly on getting this album completed.
DK: Well, get ready now to be going non-stop to promote the album… even if you did small segmented tours through the country, being in Houston, you should easily be able to divide the country up in segments and tour each area systematically. How often do you rehearse?
GREATHOUSE: I have vocal exercises that I do almost daily. I should probably be more disciplined than I am, but I am working on being more consistent.
DK: Shouldn’t we all though (be more disciplined)? I wouldn’t sweat it. Is your band, permanent? Or a live band only?
GREATHOUSE: I have a band that I use for live performances. I am hoping to become more well known and successful so I can afford for them to be my permanent band. They are an extremely talented group of musicians.
DK: How was it working with Kelly Price / New Kids On The Block, and the other artists?
GREATHOUSE: Most of these gigs were spot dates for the artists, so I didn’t get to spend too much time with them. All of them were gracious and I learned what I could from them in the time that we were working together. The most memorable was definitely the New Kids gig. Security had to escort us off the stage because the women in the audience were grabbing at anyone who was anywhere near the stage. It was an amazing experience.
DK: I can definitely see how that would be memorable, indeed. What are some of your other accomplishments that you’re proud of?
GREATHOUSE: Earning a degree while doing all this and being able to work in my field as a crisis counselor. I enjoy helping people, whether it be through music or other means.
DK: God bless you for finding balance enough in your life for making ends meet, earning the degree and still moving forward towards your dream and certainly congratulations on that degree as well! How amazing you are! What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
GREATHOUSE: My plans for 2018 are to push this album as much as possible and make sure that I travel and perform in as many different cities and venues as I can.
DK: What are some ways for people to connect with you?
GREATHOUSE: All my social media is @GREATHOUSELive. My website is https://www.greathouselive.com/. I do my best to respond to everyone as quickly as I can.
DK: Thank you so much for taking the time with me and I wish you all the very best on your album release and your amazing career ahead!
Biography: R & B Artist GREATHOUSE is an up and coming artist out of the great city of Houston. GREATHOUSE, as he is affectionately known by the music community, is not a new voice to the music scene. With a great sound and style GREATHOUSE delivers melodic R&B with a style that is all his own. GREATHOUSE, the crooning giant has graced the stage singing background for many artists such as Kelly Price, New Kids On The Block (World Tour), Kurt Carr, Yolanda Adams, Erica Campbell and the legendary Tramaine Hawkins.
In addition to providing great background vocals GREATHOUSE has garnered the spotlight in Dancin’ In The Streets Motown and More Revue as well as stage plays “Brothers” and “ You Can’t Take it With You”. This multi-talented artist received formal training in his craft at Classen School of Advance Studies where he majored in Music.
With the release of his debut album “Radio” set for release in early 2017, GREATHOUSE presents the first single ‘Forever” from his highly anticipated album.