I am Rodric King from Jacksonville, Florida. I was born and immediately became a ward of the state after being separated from my adopted family at 12 years old. Since being released from foster care at 18 years old my life was rough. I've been homeless 55% of my adulthood due to lack of parental guidance. I was an irresponsible young adult, and it was difficult surviving on my own. I currently have two beautiful daughters who I haven't been able to provide for due to finances during some chapters in the past.
There was a systematic oppression that forced me into entrepreneurship between the ages of 18-24 years old. I could have chosen the fast cash, but I refused to allow the statistics and the stereotypes to impact my chance to be someone.
Unfortunately, every business I launched failed. After these episodes, I felt the need to leave Jacksonville, Florida. I knew something better awaited me outside of the city limits. So, I left Jacksonville, Florida in the rearview mirror sadly leaving my children behind in search of something much bigger.
In 2009, I decided to start taking singing lessons on YouTube. I was leaving my hometown. So, I explored the music scenes in Atlanta, Georgia. Keep in mind, I was just learning how to sing and I had no prior experience. I was managed by a friend, and he created avenues where I could showcase my talent. The locations we visited housed Atlanta's best indie artist. These artists were much more experienced, and this motivated me and from that moment on I was sold on becoming a good singer.
In the early stages, during my time of instability, I earned money for food & shelter by singing at cars parked at the gas station. It was tough, but I survived. No drugs and alcohol. No bad money habits.
One day, in 2015, I found myself tired of working a traditional job. By this time, I had come a very long way with my singing ability. So, I quit my full-time job to become a full-time singer. I willingly lived on the streets in order to travel and sing.
Once again, I was singing at supermarkets, busy downtown street corners, shopping malls, subway trains, and random karaoke bars all over America. I felt I'd be discovered and my life would change. I'd finally be in a position to support my two girls.
Despite not being discovered, singing filled me with joy and freedom so I couldn't quit. The money made from singing on these different platforms paid my travel expenses.
I remained consistent at exposing my gift across the United States going city to city. I would sleep where I could afford; in the streets or a shelter (depending on the city). I attended open mic's, jam sessions, televised singing competitions, karaoke clubs & bars, etc... I didn't need a microphone, or a backing track, and a band. I had a gift, and it was up to me to expose it to the world. I could create a stage anywhere and sing. People paid and this gave me hope.
Fast-forwarding to 2016, when I received the life-changing phone call from "Eklectic Entertainment." The owner found a video I posted singing, "When A Man Loves A Woman" (Michael Bolton's Version). This entertainment company is top tier in their industry and is continuing to grow with their professionalism and well-developed relationships.
I was offered an opportunity to become one of the few lead singers of "Blonde Ambition Band" & "Latin Ambition Band" which are both owned by the entertainment company and I've been performing with the company since May 2016.
I had no band experience at this point and accepting the opportunity meant learning 30+ songs and committing them to memory which was a huge challenge after singing karaoke (lyrics on screen) for 5 consistent years of my career.
We perform at conventions, weddings, city celebrations, holiday events, and the list goes on. I have pre-show and post-show experience as a vocalist. If you were to calculate all my experience, to-date, I have performed well over 3000 shows with crowds ranging from 1 - 11k people, at one time, in only 10 years.
In addition, our band has been using the in-ear system since the beginning of 2017. So, I have live performance experience with stage monitors & in-ear monitors. I have experience with 5 pieces up through to a 16-piece band with consistency.
I started writing music back in 2009. I have written well over 300 songs. I am currently learning to play the piano. I love music because I have a lot of passion. Music is an outlet. You can feel the rough journey I've endured through my musical expression. I will influence the world through song. I am Rodric King.
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