We had the good fortune of connecting with El Aye and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi El, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Ever since I can remember my love for music has always been HUGE! It has always been more than a hobby or a “Jack in the box” moment. I knew that the feeling it gives me and the way it feed my soul and emotions that I had to make it a lifestyle. As my grandmother would say “You was designed for this” and I can honestly say it was no lies detected.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love staying true to who I am, what I know, and what I do well! R&B is my whole heart! Though what we all consider to be “real” R&B has changed over the years, I’ve managed to keep that emotion that originally came with it. I like to sing and write about real life experiences, whether if the story is about me or someone else; it comes from the heart. In current time people shy away from feeling things, I’m gonna make you feel it whether you want to or not! I believe that is what sets me apart from people. I definitely bring that energy to “ALL” my live shows.

My Uncle who was a former rapper and current producer introduced me to the music industry. He saw me singing and writing songs in church and he knew that I had so much more in me. So he took me underneath his wing and started molding me. He taught me that I had to invest in myself if I was gonna be serious about it. I’ve been going ever since. He would take me to shows, introduce me to successful people in the industry that would feed my hunger. He showed me how to properly write a well structured song, and to properly sing it in the booth. I took those lessons that I learned and applied them to my career to this day.

Being in this industry is not easy at all. When you first start, you do so many things for free or pro-bono. That’s a dagger to the heart at times especially when having to maintain basic life needs at the same time. I’ve quit in my mind so many times but my heart would never allow me to do so. I breathe music, I couldn’t imagine life without it. Once I started getting booked for shows and not looking for them, I finally started seeing the fruits of my labor. Every time I perform, it was always followed with another booking. That helped with keeping my eye on the prize of success.

Over the years I’ve learned that consistency pays off. If you want something bad enough, you’re gonna work hard at it no matter what. Eventually God will place everything in its proper place. It’s like your reward for never giving up. And the cherry on top is that you get better and better.

El Aye is in everybody. My music tell stories that’s relatable to everyone. My music is an open book to my life and we are all spiritually connected some way.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My best friend is a live-wire and she lives for a good time. Before we do anything, we have to eat and it gotta be amazing. I would take her to Ella B’s for some good ol’ soul food or Terry Black’s in Deep Ellum for amazing BBQ!!! Then I would take her to The Freeman or Lava Cantina for amazing live music (hopefully #Mandi or Cyf is performing so we can get all the good vibes) Lastly I’m definitely taking her to Q&J Hookah lounge in North Dallas for some bomb ass hookah and best DJ’s so we can blow smoke and dance the night away!!!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Grandmother was my person. Her love for music was definitely passed on to me. She taught how not to just listen to music but to feel and convey that emotion. I’m forever grateful for that gift. My Uncle also saw something special in me as I got older. He was the first to take me under his wing and help me realize that I had something special enough to make a living out of. He was the first person to put me in a studio and challenge my gift of singing and writing. Things like that are priceless and I’m forever grateful to him for it. Lastly my family! The support they give me is unmatched. I’m so lucky to have people in my life who believes in my passion more than I do! #BFE

Instagram: @el_aye_music

Twitter: @ElAyeLyrrad

Facebook: El Aye “Lyrrad Andre”

Youtube: @LyrradAndre

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