Guest Author - Shelia M. Goss
Shelia Goss: How old are you?
Urban Mystic: I just turned 21.
Shelia: Happy Belated Birthday.
Urban Mystic: Thanks.
Shelia: How long have you been singing?
Urban Mystic: Iíve been singing all of my life. I started at the age of 5 when I joined the church choir. In fact, Iím still singing in the church choir. I cut my first record at the age of 13. God is blessing me.
Shelia: You come from Gospel roots. How does your family feel about you singing R & B?
Urban Mystic: Nobody has anything negative to say about it. They are all behind me. My mom said, as long as I keep God first in my life it doesnít matter what I do.
Shelia: In what ways has your life changed since embarking on a full-time music career?
Urban Mystic: Itís had major changes. Places I used to go I canít go anymore. I canít do the things I used to do. Iím hardly home because Iím on the road touring. I had to get used to being away from home so much. I canít go to the store or mall by myself. I have to have a homeboy with me. But itís a positive change.
Shelia: Youíve opened up for Angie Stone who I think is a very talented singer. Are you still on tour?
Urban Mystic: I go back out on tour in February. Besides Angie Stone, Iíve played with Anthony Hamilton, Lyfe, Tyrese. Itís been a great experience. Iíve learned a lot.
Shelia: How did it feel to perform for a live audience?
Urban Mystic: I had to get used to it. I grew up singing in the church choir. You get the best training and singing in the Church. Sister Johnson sitting in the front pew wonít mind telling if you didnít sound good. I learned a whole lot. When Iím on stage, I get in my zone do my thing.
Shelia: Does it bother you to be compared to Ki-Ci of Jodeci or Anthony Hamilton?
Urban Mystic: It really doesnít. Iím only 21 and Iíve been taught to expect my eldersómeaning theyíve been doing it longer than me. Growing up, I looked up to those guys. It makes me feel good to be compared to someone I look up to.
Shelia: If you werenít singing, what would you be doing?
Urban Mystic: I would be on the job somewhere doing computer work or cutting grass. But honestly, I canít really say. God has given me this talent. .
Shelia: Who all did you collaborate with on your new album Ghetto Revelations: II?
Urban Mystic: Trick Daddy out of Miami, Pitbull out of Miami, went to Texas and got my man Paul WallÖetcÖ.What we tried to do on this album was step it up a bit.
Shelia: When will the album be coming out?
Urban Mystic: January 24th.
Shelia: What do you want the listener to walk away with after listening to Ghetto Revelations: II ?
Urban Mystic: I not only want to be known as the talented young man that can sing, but I want people to say this guy really knows what he wants to do. I had a lot of creative control. I want them to say this cat can rap, sing, produce. I want them to feel good after listening to the album.
Shelia: Any special plans for Christmas?
Urban Mystic: Iíll be throwing a big Christmas party in Ft. Lauderdale, spending time with family and my son and relaxing. Getting ready for the New Year.
Shelia: What are some of your goals for 2006?
Urban Mystic: My goal is definitely to promote this album. Make it to be one of the hottest albums in 2006. Iím shooting for #1. In 2006, I want to just get my grind on, stack my paper and make sure my family is straight.
Shelia: Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers?
Urban Mystic: Check out my album. I have a website: Myspace/urbanmysticmusic.com. Let everybody know Iíll be on there talking to my fans.
Ghetto Revelations: II will be in stores January 2006.