Rox: K’Jon Talks about his new album & showing the Glass City love!Written by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Detroit’s R&B artist K’Jon is back with his third album, Man. Previous albums rightfully showcased artists from his home town, but this time he has extended the love to his musical neighbors here in Toledo. K’Jon had been in the music industry for years before officially deciding to change his hobby into a career. He hit national status in 2009 with his #1 R&B single, “On The Ocean” from his #1 album, I Get Around. Constant networking and pure talent helped push his single, “On The Ocean” until it gained national attention and became a success. His sexy style and easy reassuring vocals embodies the definition of smooth with the ability to appeal to ballroom/steppers and R&B audiences. He has switched it up (for now) label-wise, but his music quality remains unchanged. I was able to catch up with K’Jon to talk about his independent release, Man networking and his Glass City collaborations.
Martini Rox: You were signed to Universal and now you are independent what are the pros and cons?
K’Jon: I love being independent first of all, because no one is going to work harder than you and no one is going to be a greater mouthpiece than you. Independently, you definitely have to have the budgeting and your capitol in place to really make an impact. That’s the difference with the independent game. As far as the majors, with a major the transition for me [is] the difference of running a company from day to day and actually being involved with me and my team [with] the day to day operations. When you sign with a major they want you to sit back and relax, but they want you to give 200%, I don’t really understand that. That’s when the politics and personality can assist or [be a] hindrance. When you’re independent you are so used to making the calls. The majors don’t want you to cross lines. The thing is, if a major goes all out for you then that’s cool, but if that’s not the case then that will result in to you [going] back on the phone doing what you do. It’s that catch twenty-two, that grey area.
Martini Rox: What inspired you to work with artists from Toledo?
K’Jon: I expanded my work relationships when I got into the industry. It didn’t take long for me to really spread my wings so-to-speak when I first decided to go full time into music. I was recruited heavily when I put it out there [I] ended up in New York hanging out with Ludacris, DTP & Def Jam and I was on the go. Cameos and working with different industry guys, I’m accustomed to that. Working with J360 & Sikosa, they’re not on the, Man album, but we’re working their single. Working out of the same studio in Detroit, I heard his song and it sounded like it would be good for me and vice versa so, I went and took a stab at it and I think it’s a great song.
Martini Rox: The song titled, ‘This Time For Real’ features Lyfe Jennings, how did that come about?
K’Jon: I’m a big fan of Lyfe then we became friends. I met Lyfe a few years ago when I was having my success with, “On The Ocean” back in ’09, 2010 and [I] got a chance to open up for him and be on some of the same shows as Lyfe. He and I had already discussed doing some collaborative work together before he took some time out. We’re finishing some things that we spoke on earlier in my career. I was very happy and fortunate he came through and showed me a lot of love on the record and I think the song is huge.
K’Jon’s CD ‘Man’ is available through CD Baby and iTunes.
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