For many people in the Washington DC area singing and becoming a star is a dream. For a select few of those many it is becoming a reality. Devin White is working very hard to become one if those select few. Recently while headlining his very own show at the historic Howard Theater, Devin was available for an interview.
When did it become evident to you that this is what you are destined to do?
You know what I think that I had to not the brink of failure—or at least what in my mind what I though was failure. I got to that point about a year ago where I been doing it for a while and building steam and felt like it wasn’t working and I couldn’t break through a certain ceiling and I quit. I dint want to do it anymore.
What brought you back?
That’s how I knew his is what I was supposed to do, because I couldn’t do anything else. When I was gone from it I knew this was my life and what I was supposed to do.
Now you are a product of Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts, how was that?
Amazing because I got the opportunity to understand hard work perseverance; to understand that sometimes I got to put aside my emotions and how I felt about a situation in sacrifice for the work. The work had to get done. For me I learned that no matter how I’m feeling, no matter what’s going on, if I wanna be a winner and get to the next step I gotta go through. No matter how hard it is I gotta get it done.
Did you have a favorite teacher/instructor?
Tracy Jenkins, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Yarborough
What inspires you to keep doing this?
Honestly, Blaq Crown Entertainment my company. I have a small collective of artists up under me and they are incredible in their on right, this is just a platform, but them getting excited about it is what really makes me work harder..
Where do you go when you’re on stage performing?
You never know, because it’s different all the time… It’s all about energy. Once I get on stage I’m literally picking up on every energy from the audience in the crowd.
I noticed during your performance there are multiple genres of music represented is that intentional or is that the way that things flowed?
It’s—I don have a choice, because all of those things are inside of me. I feel like as human beings we all have different people, different persons, different personalities and energies inside of us that ha know; we all have different moments ha know I might wanna listen to something that’s more new soul or RnB, and sometimes I might wanna listen to go into the club and listen to something that’s a little more trill, but that’s us that’s human. I feel like with music they try to ostracize you, put you in a box and say,”This is how we’re gonna control what you’re doing.” But for me it’s like I try to just do whatever I feel impulsively and hope the people listen to it and accept it, and respond to it.
And who do you draw from influential wise?
It changes. Now in my life I would say my girl, my team, and film to a certain extent watching movies for theatrics.
Who has been the most supportive in your life thus far?
A couple people. Dawn Moss is my second mother. She’s actually VP of Carolina Kitchen restaurants. She has been very amazing the whole time
What lies ahead in the not so distant future for you?
I have the honor of headlining the Fillmore on May 29th with Kingpin Slim. I will be debuting some new music there, and working with my collective on a complain album featuring them as well as myself, and hopefully bring it more momentum. In do concerts back to the Howard Theatre.
Give me three adjectives dis rising yourself
Hardworking, spiritual, and kinetic
And how has this journey impacted your relationship with God?
I’m still learning God. I’m still learning how I am supposed to respond to His request and obligations, and what He puts in front of me [responsibilities] and when I was younger I used to try to fight Him. As I get older I realize I gotta feel Him, embrace Him and know where it’s coming from and jump into God, full force.
While Devin White is steadily on his journey exploring and learning God, it is definitely worth the time to check his music out. He has this young Morris Day meets Jodeci vibe going on (If that makes sense.) Even more interesting will be following his musical career as his ambition is a direct reflection of his eclectic style. Watch out for this one. He is sticking around for the long haul.