We had the good fortune of connecting with Dawun-Jamaal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dawun-Jamaal, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose to pursue my own creativity early on in my life as a conduit to simply survive. I wasn’t an outcast but I knew I was different and so I found peace in creating.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My story starts with a little boy in Arkansas who goes to church on Sundays and he witnesses music and song. This little boy has a father who also has awesome taste in music. This little boy grows a little more and gets in the school band and choir, acts in productions at the local theatre and sings in different groups. He goes to college and still uses music, art and creativity to live life. He writes. He records music. He releases music. He performs this music around town and at different events and bookings. He moves to Dallas and does this again however, this time, he focuses on building a community. He still is making music but, he also has his own events. He curates showcases, executive produces albums, project manages and connects people. This little boy is me. Throughout my journey, I have learned to work smart. I have invested in trusting myself and keeping people around me who are serious about what they are serious about. My journey is not one that I have walked alone. So many people have believed in me and poured into me. I am sure they believe in me because they know I believe in me. I do not talk about what I want to do. I just do it..and that’s on Mary had a little lamb.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I do not want to seem like a prude but, my interests have changed. A fun weekend for me is a midday day studio session, followed up by a writing session that leads to a jam session. I do enjoy going to live shows, matinees and artistic events. I curate a bi-monthly showcase called The AbNormal Review that showcases a cast of singers, rappers and poets. It’s a whole.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this interview to anyone who has ever negatively or positively critiqued me. I heard you and I am me because of that. Thank you.
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