Rapper Jhuryll Phoenix to debut first two episodes of Start Over sagaWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Local rapper Jhuryll Phoenix will debut the first two installments of his Start Over saga, a six-part music video series, at an event set for 5-9 p.m. Sept. 6 at Arnie’s, 3332 Central Ave., in Toledo.
Along with the two videos, “Start Over” and “I’m in Love,” there will also be live performances and a preview of the third installment, “Airplane,” which will soon begin filming locally.
The series details the story of Phoenix and his girlfriend, portrayed by Toledo School for the Arts student Kayla King, as he discovers his superpowers, which include flying and turning back time. Several other local cast and crew members are involved in the film.
In each episode of the saga, Phoenix teaches different lessons that help people navigate the issues of today’s world.
“One of the messages in the first video is ‘Don’t text and drive.’ That’s a real problem today,” Phoenix said. “In ‘Airplane’ (the third video in the series), the message is ‘Don’t be silent.’ If someone is being abused or molested, they need to speak up.”
Matt Heart, owner of 424 Records, said the idea for a superhero musician came from a desire to create a good role model.
“We wanted a music superhero to save people from the sexual innuendo of the music industry today,” Heart told Toledo Free Press in June. “We want to provide a positive message to today’s youth so they have someone to look up to.
“Jhuryll Phoenix is a superhero, but he doesn’t know it yet,” Heart said. “We initially started the ‘Start Over’ saga as a comic book, but thought it would be better as a graphic novel and show.”
Phoenix graduated from Maumee High School and currently attends Owens Community College. He began making music in 2011, under Heart’s guidance.
For more information, visit startoversaga.com.