“I got married to my beautiful wife and had 2 wonderful children after that. They’re my blessings from God. Without them I never would have made it this far. I would’ve gave up a long time ago.”

Check out the interview with Gregory Luster exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Gregory Luster: I’ve been singing since I was two. My brother and I grew up in the church singing with my Dad (RIP). We would travel from place to place and he would sing and preach and invite us to sing with him. As I got older I began to do secular music and strayed away from the church because I lost my Dad to cancer. I was in a few different groups with friends, most of which I’m still close with today. We would be in talent shows, halftime at games, charity events, etc. Eventually everyone split their own way and I grew closer to God and now I’m back doing urban gospel music as a rapper and singer.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
To be honest, I’m still trying to figure things out myself. Social media seems to be the hot ticket in today’s music industry. For example, Facebook has a feature where you make ads to appear on people’s timelines. Take advantage of social media.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
A positive, effective, influential artist who spreads the message of God. I want to be able to relate to whoever listens to me.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I feel like it is a hard field to make it in. It’s over saturated with negativity. Everyone sounds the same. Every song sounds exactly like the last song. You have to work it much harder just to stand apart.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My city, my state in general is not a great place to try to make it in music. I love North Carolina; however, artists don’t work together. I respect places like Atlanta, GA because the artists there are always reaching back to help another artists. NC is a state of “me, me, me.”

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Never stop believing in yourself. Surround yourself with positive people and remove negativity from your circle. Always keep in mind that there is someone out there who is working harder than you to get the same thing you’re wanting; never stop grinding. And if you’re looking for an overnight success story, switch careers.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I got married to my beautiful wife and had 2 wonderful children after that. They’re my blessings from God. Without them I never would have made it this far. I would’ve gave up a long time ago.

What is your inspiration?
God, my Dad, my family, and other artist such as Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Deitrick Haddon, etc.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Timing is everything. If you’re putting out the right quality of music with the right quantity and it gets into the right hands, I feel that you can be successful. The music industry has proven that you don’t have to be the best singer or rapper. You just need a catchy chorus and a hot beat and you’re in business.

Where can we find you on social media?
Instagram, Twitter, and Periscope: @BlessedbcofGod
Facebook: icea.k.a.gregluster
YouTube: gregoryluster
Soundcloud: gregoryluster
YouTube: gregoryluster
Artist Ecard: iceakagregluster

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