Jocelyn Buchanan started singing at the very early age of six. She came from a background of singing families on both sides (Mom – Staples Family Singers and Dad – Buchanan Family Singers), so it’s literally in her blood. Jocelyn started singing and performing simply because that’s what she loved to do and she love’s music.
Jocelyn’s mother nurtured her gift by putting her in the church choir and in local groups. At a young age she began to work on demos, which gave her the recognition and opportunity to work in many studios and with various artists. Since then, Jocelyn has continued to not only sing, but expand her abilities as a writer, producer, arranger, vocal trainer, and artist development.
Jocelyn has worked with major record labels and radio/television commercial advertising companies, performed in many local and international venues, been featured on many songs throughout the music industry and released her own material.
Where did you get your influence or what made you pursue your style of music?
My main influences were, and still are, Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and so many others.
How do you get people to take you seriously as a musician?
Consistency is key. If people always see you at different events, on social media, and continuing to do what you do, they’ll start to take you seriously and say, “Yeah, she’s really doing her thing. She’s serious about this thing.” If they see you’re serious about you, they’ll take you seriously.
What is the importance of the connections you make? How can you utilize them?
The types of relationships you form will take you where you want to go. You have to be very serious and strategic about the relationship you form, though. Make sure you surround yourself with people you can learn from to help you get to the next level and also people who can actually say “yes” to certain things.
Also surround yourself with hungry people, because they keep the energy going in case you fall off.
What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
It may seem that your dream is unattainable. But if you give up, you’ll never know whether you’ll actually reach your goal. So my advice is don’t give up and don’t let anyone discourage you or tell you to “be realistic” when you know it’s really in your heart to do this.
If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose this career? Would you do anything differently?
Honestly, I would have learned more of the background work to this game earlier, because the real money is on the writing and production side of the scope. If I had learned this earlier, I would be further along instead of being taken advantage of by producers who knew that hungry artists didn’t know any better.
Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
I have been signed to two record labels, Motown and Deathrow Records. I’ve been featured on television and radio broadcasts, both in the R&B and Gospel fields. I also have released music on all the media outlets (CD Baby, Itunes, Yahoo). Additionally, I write, arrange, produce and am an expert in studio recordings.
Do you get nervous before a performance?
After all this time I’ve been in the game, YES, I still become very nervous right before I go on stage. But once I get up there and start singing, I’m ok.
Have any of your songs been published? (If so, by whom?)
I have published songs featured in movie soundtracks, both independent and national including the the Gang Related and Gridlock soundtracks starring 2pac, Independent films such as A Mothers Plea and numerous advertising campaigns including a National State Farm Superbowl commercial.
Are you looking for an independent label deal or a major label deal? (Why?)
I’m looking for an independent deal because I want to be able to continue to “be me” and not have to conform to what the industry is looking for at the moment. I’ve had deals with major record labels and sometimes felt like I was compromising who I was in order to get ahead, and that was not a good feeling.
What live performance experience have you had? (Any industry showcases?)
I perform all the time in many venues. The House of Blues, The City of Chicago high profile events, just to name a couple.
What is next for you?
ILL 4 Real Entertainment’s and Kozii 4 U’s ultimate goal is to open a non-profit school for other artists. We want to provide writing, vocal, and music lessons and at the end of their session be able to have a direct link to higher sources who can take their talents to the next level.
Our hope is that our student artists won’t have to go through so much red tape as we did in order to reach their goals.
Jocelyn’s latest album ‘Finish Line’ is available now on iTunes!
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