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Meet Simone Telease

Today we’d like to introduce you to Simone Telease.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Simone. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started singing when I was six years old. By the age of eight, I began exploring my passion for song-writing. I was surrounded by music my whole childhood. My parents would always be playing Amel Larrieux, Minnie Riperton, and Amerie. Listening to artists such as them is what helped me develop my sound today and my pen game. It was not until college when I started to focus on music seriously. It was in college where I met this rapper named Jose 508, and he was the one who really convinced me that I had a gift. He played a major role in developing my confidence behind the recording mic. This past February, Jose and I moved to Georgia to pursue our dreams of becoming music entertainers. This is indeed the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I have lost job after job, and there have been plenty of days where I did not know where my next meal was going to come from. At times, I have felt very isolated and like I didn’t have anyone. However, it is because of experiences like these that I am hungrier for this than I ever have been. I’m such a fiery and passionate person, so if there is one thing that I know for sure, It’s that I could never stop.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
One of the main things I have learned through doing music is, you have to learn to take things with a grain of salt or take the negative and make a positive. In college, during the beginning stages of my music career, people talked a lot of shit about me. I had went to a small school, so of course, everything got back to me. This could have discouraged me, but while I had a lot of hate, I also had a lot of support from my girls and from Jose. So, the hate did nothing but make me stronger. Plus, my older brother set a really good example for me on how to handle the haters: you don’t, leave them in the dust and keep it pushing.

Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a singer/song-writer. I am most known for my soft passionate vocals and being able to harmonize with myself. I am most proud of my latest single, “Dishonest”. It was my most vulnerable track ever and it has brought in 20,000 streams. I have received so much support and I appreciate everyone who has supported me along the way. I think what sets me apart from others is the fact that I have a really good ear thanks to years of vocal lessons. It is because of all that training, that I have gotten so good at arranging my vocals on tracks. Also, what sets me apart is that I think there is always room for improvement. I am always working to get better.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory from my childhood is my dad pulling up to my elementary school slappin his music real loud. It made me feel invincible and like I had a cool dad. If the music isn’t blasting through the speakers, what’s the point?

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Simone Telease, Lexi Rochell

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