Did you always know music was something you wanted to pursue?
I’ve known since the age of six years old. The first song I ever sang was “Let’s Chill” by Guy. It really didn’t set in for me until my high school talent show, like this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
Who was your favorite artist growing up?
I’m a big fan of Maxwell, D’Angelo, Joe, Usher and Tank. The whole era of r&b in the 90’s and 2000’s was amazing. When I started taking vocal lessons. I started studying Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Al Green and the Isley Brothers.
How do you feel about the internet in the music business?
I think it’s made it a little easier to reach your supporters and the ability to put music out. I think as artists we just have to adapt and I know it’s not easy. It’s either do that or nothing at all.
What would be your dream venue to perform at?
That’s easy! I’m from New York, so it would have to be Madison Square Garden.
Any upcoming projects coming up that you would like to share with readers?
Yes, I’m currently working on my third project, aptly titled “3”. New music, new videos and imagery. I am looking to introduce some merchandise as well.
If you could only eat at one restaurant the rest of your life, what would it be?
I’m a Jamaican boy, so it ain’t a restaurant for me. It’s a Ackee and saltfish with steamed banana yams and potatoes.
What is your favorite inspirational movie?
Would have to be Rocky, just the story and how he came from nothing, but still continued to rise.
If you could go back and pick a different profession, what would you choose?
If I could go back, I would still choose music. It’s really all I’ve ever wanted to do.
If money and time were not factors, what new skill would you love to learn?
If money and time weren’t a factor, I would learn to play the piano, the mother instrument. My vocal coach is amazing at it and it’s something about playing the piano to get inspiration for songwriting.
What’s the most marvelous thing you’ve ever seen with your own eyes?
Most marvelous thing I’ve seen with my own eyes is life. I think we all have been through some things last year, I could speak from my experience. I had Covid in March 2020 and suffered with it for two months. Then hearing the stories and knowing people that have passed from it. You get a new outlook and become more grateful for a second chance at life.
How can everyone keep in contact with you on social media?
On all platforms @vinkeatin.