iManuL “Letting the World See Your Light”


Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I grew up in Fairfield, AL and the roots of my artistry began in church. I have always felt a calling to sing for god and show people his love through music. I haven't always been able to completely give in to my passion of music and pursue it with financial stability. Therefore, I joined the military and am currently serving in the Coast Guard. Music has always been there but it has always been on the side and now that I have come into a family of my own, responsibilities are my primary as a man. Now as an established father and husband I still feel that I have a message that someone in the world still needs to hear. So little by little I have been working on an album that I finally finished and I feel this is my running start to making being an artist a part of my life again.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
If I had to give any advice it would be that the industry is nothing like it use to be. With that being said, don't be the one looking and waiting on a golden ticket. You have to go find them. Most agencies won't even look your way if you don't already have a following or fan base. In short, they are looking for how promising you already are not how much do we have to invest in you to make you promising. So go do as many shows as you can, give away EP's, interact with social media, and get yourself out there; because just think, things are not like they use to be. Hundreds of thousands of artists start the same journey you are walking each year; its easy to get lost, but most of all never forget why you started your journey in the first place. Use that as your never ending pool of motivation and faith.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Yes, but in all humbleness it's not really a mistake, more like forgetting something. I often get so hyped up before a performance that I forget to calm down and focus. This often results in me singing too hard. Typically I manage to catch this before the ending of the intro and settle down.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
No, we are not touring at the moment but we plan to start soon.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
This might sound unbelievable but the only equipment I have used for my new release is a condenser microphone, a Dell laptop, Skull Candy ink headphones and my M-Audio studio monitors.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
Social media is normally my go to medium of promoting my music. I also perform at local churches and events and pass out my demo CDs.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
If I could perform anywhere with any artist it would be with Switchfoot in Birmingham, AL. The reason why I would do it is for the same primary cause of why I sing. Birmingham, AL is not really diverse and I feel if I were to perform rock music as an African American man it would rattle a few cages where I'm from, but in a good way. I feel as though I would be exposing or reintroducing two cultures together. I live for diversity.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I just released my first album in June titled "Don't Give Up". The album has a retro feel with a modern neon vibe and is completely unpredictable from track to track; just like my life. The album mainly describes my journey to this point and really expresses every avenue I've seen. I also have a single that I am working on specifically for the Christian athlete. It will be named "Ya Can't Stop Me".
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I literally have no idea because I simply can't see my life without music, but needless to say, I do have a wonderful wife and baby boy that I enjoy spending my time with.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
I plan on doing more fan reach events, performing at more churches and I might even audition for America's Got Talent or The Voice.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
I would like to give a shout out to first and for most God for just existence in itself, my wife Drucilla Thomas and son Ezekiel Thomas, friends and family, Remy Brown and every fan or follower.