“By me being 13 years old I have to sacrifice. I love what I do, so it’s well worth sacrificing.”

Check out the interview with Ramya J exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Ramya J: It all began at the young age of around 4 years old. I used to sing around my house with microphone before I could even talk. From there on I ended up doing several local talents shows and I actually won, but what really got me noticed was when I tried out at the world famous Apollo Theater and made it through all the audition rounds and finally made it to the big stage of the Apollo and sang. That’s when I knew I was born to be a singer/entertainer and I enjoy and love singing.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
In today’s society social media is the biggest platform to promote yourself if you’re an artist. Social media allows people all across the country to see your talent and notice you. The internet gives the world the opportunity to be able to attach your face and name to your music. Also, another tip to promote yourself is to stay consistent. Invest in yourself and stay positive and do positive in your community.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to reach my full potential of my career just because I love to sing and entertain. At this point I’m 13 years old, so I can’t say I’m doing it for the money but I’m doing it right now because I love to be on stage performing and showcasing my talent and having a lot of fans that look up to me. I would like to be able to perform every day in big arenas and in front of crowds of people and be able to show off my talent all across the world and sell out shows every night.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing is sacrificing, staying consistent, and being able to take negative criticism and turning it into positive energy. You have to stay consistent 365 days a year, there are no days off nor downtime. By me being 13 years old I have to sacrifice. I love what I do, so it’s well worth sacrificing.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan and we’re known for the water crisis, so it’s very hard to have my own identity as a young artist. Yes, there is a lot of talent in Flint but not many young artists my age. It makes it hard for me because I’ve always got to prove myself to my city. The best part about living here is when I go out I have a lot of fans that recognize me and support me.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
To always believe in yourself and never let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. There’s a lot of things that are going to knock you down, but you have to be strong enough to overcome the hard times. If there are hard times then there are going to be good times coming. Always work hard for what you want.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that’s ever happened to me is I was on the front page of the newspaper and also the best thing that’s happened is that my new video “That’s A Fact” hit 100k views in less than a day.

What is your inspiration?
I get inspiration from truly everywhere in my music. I write about my life and what I’m going through, my music is all me. As you know, I write my own lyrics to my music.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, as long as you put your mind to it you can be anything you want to as long as you work hard. Surround yourself around positive people and build an amazing team to support you.

Where can we find you on social media?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/ramyajmusic
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/artist/ramyaj
YouTube: Ramya J
Twitter: @ramyajmusic
Instagram: @ramyajofficial