In light of releasing his first ever EP I decided that we dedicate this week's front page and Artist of the Week to Jonathan Middlebrooks, and amazing soulful artist from the DMV area and a student at Atlanta's Morehouse College.
1. What makes your music different from other young artists?
I think that my music is different from other young artists because I am not creating music that is “in” or popular. A lot of young artist are trying to ride the wave of whatever hot style people in the music industry are doing. . I just want to create music and write songs that people can feel and relate to that timeless music.
2. Describe yourself in 1 sentence.
I am a hardworking, optimistic young man heavily grounded in my faith.
3. How important is music to you?
music is extremely important in my life. Its an outlet for me to express myself and just listening to music in general always gives me good vibes
4. Who is your biggest influence?
Many people in the music industry influence me but I would have to say my biggest influence right now is James Fauntleroy. He is an amazing songwriter and has written or co-written many hits such as: “Take You Down” , “Superhuman” “on the run part 2” “No Air” “Justin Timberlake’s whole 20/20 experience. Along with him being a great songwriter he is a dope artist with his own unique style and vibe.
5. How has your life changed since you have shared your talent with the world?
Since I have shared my music with the world my life has became a lot more clear and I have a great sense of overall peace. I have a vision that I am trying to make reality so I live in that manner. When I am not with friends or family my time and energy is put into my craft. I genuinely enjoy creating music that people like and can relate to and because that creative process is a never-ending I have good vibes majority of the time. Also being able to express myself through music has given me an outlet to say and talk about things I would not voice otherwise.
6. Have you ever had your heart broken?
Yes I have been heartbroken before. I was in 11th grade when my girlfriend, of a little more than a year at the time, and I broke up. I was crushed lol. Looking back on it I just laugh at how messed up I was over it. I was really in my feelings over her for awhile. I actually haven’t had a legit girlfriend since. Not against relationships just waiting for the right situation to present itself but in the mean time music gets all of my love and all my affection lol.
7. If your life was a song what would it be?
Nico & Vinz – “Am I Wrong”
This song basically describes a person going against the norms of society and following their passion. Not allowing other peoples opinions and judgment to confine them and truly believing in you. This is my exact mindset and state of being in life right now. The only person who can limit myself is me.
8. What is the meaning of life?
The essence of life is to figure out our gifts, purposes, passions and calling and use them to impact people’s lives selflessly, and in doing so we will be rewarded with a fruitful existence as well.
9. What is the biggest mistake you've ever made?
The biggest mistake I have ever made is second-guessing my passion. I have had this desire to pursue music since high school but because I did not truly think I was capable I would keep pushing it to the side. I also cared too much about what my peers would think so I only focused on the things every other male my age did which was sports.
10. Describe your upbringing
I was fortunate to grow up in a two-parent household with my little sister and my Nana who lived with us for certain spans of my childhood. Was definitely raised in the church and had weekly devotions as a family so I had a relationship with God at a young age. My mom home schooled my sister and me for two years and my dad was our AAU basketball coach. I also owe my parents a lot for making me stick with saxophone because at one point I wanted to quit but they saw that I had a nact for music and that potential was there.