Shout Out Sunday. Interview With Bruno Mars Trumpet Player/Recording Artist/Composer Jimmy King.

What is your musical background?

My mother was very intentional of making sure music was a part of our lives.  

Growing up in the church my mom would make sure my brother, sister and I

were a part of the church choir.  It was there I found my love for music and

singing.  Although music was a big part of my life I never thought of it as a

profession.  This would all change when I came to Morehouse College and

met four other brothers.  We would form a group called Jaspects and that’s when the

dream began.  We ended up recording four albums, completing several self-made

tours and making a name for ourselves in the city of Atlanta.  Through Jaspects I was

able to link with PJ Morton.  I ended up recording and touring with PJ for several

years until he linked up with Maroon 5.  I was then afforded the opportunity to be

with Angie Stone for eight months until my friend received the phone call for us to go

on tour with Bruno Mars in 2011.  Since then, I have been on countless stages, awards

shows, Super Bowl twice, music videos and recorded on a few songs.  2015 I decided to

pursue a solo career.  My first EP is comprised of three instrumental tracks that I had

been working on for a few years.  Once the seed of starting a solo career was planted I

started to hone in and find my voice.  This led to the release of my debut album A

Dreamer’s Tale on December 18, 2020.

What is the most challenging part of making a song?

The process is never the same for me. Sometimes for me an idea can flow and

inspiration is there, but there are times where it is difficult to expand on the idea.  

There are songs that I started years ago that I am just coming back around to finish

for this very reason.  Sometimes I can over think it or become so redundant that it

begins to sound like other songs.  Among the many things I have learned being

around two great song writers in PJ and Bruno is that you never rush the art, just let it

come to you.

How would you describe your musical style?

I would describe myself as collection of the musical experience.  My music has roots

in Jazz, Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk, Rock and Alternative elements.  My style is directly

connected to my taste and love for music.

 Artist you would like to do a song with?

I would love to do a song with a few artists, Coldplay, Anderson .Paak, Kaytranada and

Robert Glasper.

Any upcoming projects coming up that you would like to share with readers?

My project ‘A Dreamer’s Tale’ is out now on all streaming platforms.

What is one food you could not live without?

This one is a hard one. It is definitely between pizza and tacos, but if I had to choose I

would have to go with tacos.  I mean who doesn’t love tacos!

What three places would you love to travel to?

I have been blessed to travel the world a few times being with Bruno.  However there

are some places we haven’t been that are on my list to see.  I want to go to West

Africa (any country on the region), Greece and Egypt.  I am a lover of history and all

of these places have contributed to the history of humanity.

 What album had the biggest impact on you as a teenager?

There were two, Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band Carnegie Hall Concert Album and Bone

Thugs-n-Harmony ‘Art of War’.

What is one thing you were afraid to do, but felt amazing after you accomplished it?

Starting the pursuit of my solo career and completing this album.  Every solo show I

do I am just amazed that I dared to take the first step and bet on myself.

Is there something you have dreamed of doing for a long time, if so why haven’t you?

I am so blessed that I am living my dream.  This was something that began when I

was 18 and felt the feeling of truly performing on stage.  It was then when I knew I

wanted to do music for my life.  I didn’t know it would bring me to this moment then,

but so glad I trusted myself and took a leap of faith.

How can everyone keep in contact with you on social media?

On instagram and Twitter @itsjimmyking.  On Facebook @jimmykingfanpage,

looking forward to having you all follow my journey!

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