We had the good fortune of connecting with Joedi Summerville and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joedi, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind the success of my brand is love. I put love into my art. Everything that I do is out of love. Every piece of music, every piece of clothing, every performance is out of love. I surround myself with people who love me and want what’s best for me also so that makes everything run smoothly. So to sum it up, love is most important because if I didn’t love what I do, there wouldn’t be any brand or art.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started out singing at a young age. Pretty much ever since I could speak. I have major influence from music from the 70’s & 80’s and also the Neo-Soul sound that came out of Philly. My art is a gumbo of all those things. Plus me growing up in Florida adds a little more sunshine to it. But I think my ability to blend the “ol’ skool” with the “New Skool” is what sets me apart and brings both generations together. I think of myself as a musical bridge. I got to where I am now by staying the course. It was not easy but I have fun. Trusting yourself and your team is the most important thing I’ve learned and also do what you feel. My Cousin Stony says “If it don’t feel right.. Don’t do it.” I’m most proud of my recent project “SoulPower” which was produced by BackPackBeatz. I executed it well and people felt the love that I put into it. It had gotten one of my greatest responses musically and I’m grateful for that. I want the world to know what SoulPower is. That SoulPower is you. Your essence, what shines through when people look at you. It’s that thing you got that nobody else has or can take from you.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So first I would drive them around the city and give them a small tour. I would take them to my mom’s house to eat. Hopefully Publix Hot & Spicy wings are on the menu. Then Thursday I would take them to Ms. Marlene at Jamaican Paradise Grill which is my favorite Jamaican spot in town. Later that night we would probably hang out with my bro’s. Maybe do something creative. Then Friday (Hopefully 1st Friday) we would go to the Railroad Art District and check out First Friday. Visit all the thrift stores, Art stores, and food trucks until the night is over. Saturday we would go to a hip hop show that Tally Tour would probably have and then Sunday we would be at Catering With Care for a good SoulFood Brunch! There’s a lot of food involved because I love food. Island food to be exact. Haha
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shoutout to my ancestors & spirit team for guiding me.
I would like to give a shoutout to my mother, my sister Carmen, my bro’s Quise, Mike, TPorter, Freddie, Mark, BackPackBeatz, and my Cousin Stony and all of my supporters.
Oh yeah! And ME for staying the course and pushing through.
Mike Curry Torrece Porter