Rox: Tubb Young goes to the GrammysWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Native son, Tubb Young, was born and raised in a family of singers and musicians. He credits his mother as the major influence in his singer/songwriter career. Growing up as a musician in the church, his natural talent was tailor-made for the music industry. Young, a dedicated artist, has been making music locally and nationally from Toledo for over a decade. He is an accomplished percussionist, keyboardist, guitar/bass player, singer and songwriter and was nominated for a Grammy for his hit song, “Have Your Way.” His song was recorded by gospel artist Deitrick Haddon of Oxygen Network’s, “Preachers of L.A.” Tubb Young is experiencing success from years of hard work as one of the co-founders of the gifted and talented music group, Positive Movement aka PoS MoV. His schedule is filled with interviews since the nomination and he is now ready for Grammy night celebrations and events this coming weekend.
Martini Rox: How did your song, “Have Your Way” make it as the hit single on
Deitrick Haddon’s, R.E.D. album?
Tubb Young: I actually had a placement on his last album it wasn’t a single, but it was a placement on his last album so we kind of built a relationship from there. Even with that, I met him traveling just down in Detroit, he lived in Detroit at the time. Me and his little brother were real good friends so I would go to studio sessions whenever I could [and] let them hear records I’d done.
Martini Rox: What do you say to those that believe you cannot make it from Toledo?
Tubb Young: It’s not where you are physically it’s just a mindset. I think one of the most important things is to actually travel. Just because you live in Toledo that doesn’t mean you can’t go to cities where the music business is prevalent. I live here, but a lot of times I’ll go to the conferences and different concerts and different musicals, events and network with people. It’s not physically where you live, it’s about getting on the grind and getting out here and doing it.
Martini Rox: Are you currently working on your own independent project?
Tubb Young: Definitely. I actually finished an EP that I was slated to release a few months back, but I held off with that because I wanted to add a couple more songs to it. I’m definitely going to release it sometime soon, it’s a better time to release it now with all this attention with the Grammys going on it [will] make more sense for people to really get it and understand who I am.
Martini Rox: As a musician you have a busy schedule, how do you juggle family and your music career?
Tubb Young: Well it’s pretty easy with me, because my wife is also in the entertainment business. My wife is Fingaz, she was the star of Oxygen Networks hit show, “Hair Battle Spectacular.” She was the season star, she was the fan favorite. The thing is having two people that understand what comes with the business and understand how to always have each other’s back. Realize we’re friends first, so I always have her best interest at heart and likewise her with me. When we come home we try to make home, home and not work.
Martini Rox: Walk us through what you will be doing Grammy night?
Tubb Young: People don’t realize the Grammys are literally all day actually, its two days. Saturday night they have a Grammy nominee banquet and after party that’s going on all day Saturday. Sunday you have to be there at noon for another ceremony where they [give] all the awards [not] televised. After that we go somewhere else and then they walk us over to the red carpet for the Grammys which start at 8pm and then after the Grammys is the official Grammy after-party.
You can hear Tubb Young’s music or contact him @Tubbyoung on all social media sites. The Grammys air this Sunday January, 26th.
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