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The Child of an Alcoholic Shares Insights into His Life

The Child of an Alcoholic Shares Insights into His Life

This song is about me growing up with an alcoholic mother and how addiction didn’t only affect her but also her kids and how I kept chasing a mother that left her kids for alcohol. Verse 1 By Illustrated 89 a baby born to an […]

Watch This Musician Address Poverty in the Most Powerful Way

Watch This Musician Address Poverty in the Most Powerful Way

Earlier this year I was walking around the old iHuman. A couple of youths had just shared some really deep stuff with me. I was thinking, this is really frontline work. What would happen if one of these youth divulged this information to a church […]

Push On – The Metronomad

Push On – The Metronomad

This song was inspired by Syrian refugees, and is for all displaced people, not just physically but in any way, for anyone that has felt that hurt so intense that they don’t feel at home even inside their own skin. Push on. The Metronomad https://www.facebook.com/TheMetronomad-710911272349549/ […]

Angelitos Negros – Falana

Angelitos Negros – Falana

Angelitos Negros, as performed on my debut EP, Things Fall Together, is a cover of a song adapted from a poem “Pintame Angelitos Negros” written by a Venuzuelan poet Andres Eloy Blanco. The song itself was written by Manual Alvarez Maciste and Andres Blanco Guzman. […]

Le bruit de mon âme – Presteej

Le bruit de mon âme – Presteej

Few artists have left an indelible mark on our hearts and minds like Presteej. We were fortunate enough to watch them perform at Sacré-Cœur, Paris as we traveled across Europe. They drew a huge crowd that clapped and danced alongside them. It is in times like these, […]

Ignite – Lora Bidner ft. JustJamaal ThePoet

Ignite – Lora Bidner ft. JustJamaal ThePoet

Lora and I created this piece together. She approached me with the idea to write about finding oneself after being lost in despair. At the time she had just recovered from a crisis, while I was just finding myself again after a two year bout with […]

Year of the Tiger/Destiny – K-Riz ft. Ahmed Knowmadic

Year of the Tiger/Destiny – K-Riz ft. Ahmed Knowmadic

About YOTT – It was written in 2010. This version was recorded in 2012/2013 for an album I was working on called “Destiny.” The album was scrapped. I met Knowmadic at Rouge Lounge (Downtown Edmonton). His poetry moved me, so I asked him if he […]

I Better Try – Cristina Valentina

I Better Try – Cristina Valentina

I had a nostalgic melody in mind and wanted to develop the song with the fewest elements possible. There is something I obtain from personal experience as inspiration to include in my songs. It can be a detail or an entire emotional experience, etc. In […]

How Do I Love You – Jessica Holtby

How Do I Love You – Jessica Holtby

A few years ago, Samjay (Edmonton based producer/composer) created the instrumental and sent it to me. I was living in France at the time and was inspired by an inadvertent, unintentional crush that I found myself having, hah — the kind of crush you only […]

Can’t Let Go – K-Riz

Can’t Let Go – K-Riz

I wrote this song when I was 17. The song was inspired by people (women) I saw going through the struggle. My mother was a single mom, three kids and had men in and out of her life. So I’ve seen a woman’s pain physically […]

The Alchemy of Growth

The Alchemy of Growth

I wrote this poem in some darker days. The kind where going becomes a necessity. It felt like a crux, the precipice, or maybe the deepest part of a valley. I was left with two options to linger or to learn. This poem is what […]

Mambo – Cruzito

Mambo – Cruzito

The real definition for mambo is: a latin rhythm that was born in Cuba in the 1940’s by the Lopez brothers. Although my song has merengue elements, the hook says “all I want is mambo” which in a more contextual sense is a reference to […]



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