Check out the interview with Darrell Kelley exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
DK: My uncle and aunt used to perform and my uncle managed several groups. Uncle had me in a few groups, and then I eventually went on my own and started singing in night clubs and won trophies singing. I was performing Michael Jackson and Lenny Williams. Eventually I quit singing then I open the restaurant and hired a band. Every year we would do concerts, so every year I would have to write a song and so when I had a catalog of songs I thought it was time to go public.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
You have to be very confident in what you’re doing. You can’t believe everything you hear and you have to stay out of negativity and drama and surround yourself with positive people. Especially positive people in the music industry.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
It’s hard to give your undivided attention, because everyone is interested in talking to you, scheduling appointments and interviews. It’s hard trying to satisfy everyone while still remaining true to yourself and your craft.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Simply work with the pros, follow their advice, build a team and stay true to your dreams. Never let your ego grow too high. Stay calm and relaxed and listen to the people who have a lot of experience in the industry. It’s a plan that’s working for me.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I was born and raised in Boston and I grew up in poverty. I practically raised my siblings, and it was a struggle on a daily basis. Family and music kept me going because there was a lot of love in our family and in music. I now live in Georgia and thankfully the music scene is great here with very loyal and supportive fans that always have your back.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Doing what I’m doing but doing it better every single day. I feel so blessed to be part of this crazy world they call the music business.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
God, family, and love are my inspirations and who I look up to in today’s world and the world of tomorrow. Amen.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I believe that anyone can be successful in today’s world of music as long as they put out great music with a real message. I believe that a lot of the current music is overrated, and I believe that a lot of music has too much hatred in it with too much drama. I know that that is part of the music industry, but when our children listen to it they don’t understand that many people are just writing music for fame and fortune and that what they’re saying is not 100% true.
Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
Can find me on Twitter and you can find me on Instagram UWGEAM LLC