Today we’d like to introduce you to Traveontai.
Traveontai, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a Tennessee native, grew up a 90’s baby so RnB was always heavily present throughout my life. I was introduced to Performing at 11 when I started dancing and writing songs. From there I honed my skills, went on to audition for various shows (AMGT & ABDC), and taught myself how to record and engineer. After attending MTSU as a music major, I moved to Atl for a change of scenery. And to seriously pursue my music career. I Had to get my feet settled, graduated from GSU in May 2018 and shifted all focus to my Music. I dropped my 1st single (ever to be released on all platforms) Space in 2019 and it began to paint the beginnings of my time in Atl. Now, here I am, with the sound that shows my evolution and I’m ready to show the World ”Love still a thing” as is experiencing emotion and being okay with talking about it. I just dropped this song called 2 Playa a few days ago [Dec. 12]. Honestly, I just want the world to be able to tap in wit me, RnB is Back!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I was raised by a single mother who had me at 17. Pops came into my life later on but handled his business, we just didn’t get to build that father-son bond like that initially. He never supported my music dreams as he’s a practical man. He heard Space & 2 Playa and gave me the first compliment and acknowledged my dreams for the first time which helped us overcome the past and are in the best spot we have ever been in my life, so the timing could not be any more perfect.
In the midst of pursuing my Purpose, While studying at MTSU. My 3rd year in I dropped out and that’s when I relocated to Atlanta. I was so close to being done (and had already invested the time) that I wanted to finish so enrolling in GSU further put my Music aspirations on hold. I never regret my decisions, I simply acknowledged the time I sacrificed to achieve my degree. I worked two full time serving jobs while taking 6 classes my next to last semester, 2 Summer Classes, 7 classes my last semester and 2 more Summer classes to finish in 2 and a half years. My schedule made it nearly impossible to fully pursue music and I was left with feelings of un-fulfillment. That weight was finally lifted last May (2018) when I walked the stage and received my diploma. Since then I’ve focused on really developing my brand, my sound, and my focus.
When I 1st moved to Atlanta, I came with $420, no home, no family, half a plan, and no idea what to expect. After sleeping on someone’s couch for two weeks, I didn’t have enough time to save up for a house so I had no option but to sleep out my car until I figured out a plan. I experienced homelessness during the early phases of my relocation and the back half (recently). I seemed to keep facing obstacles as I moved through the city finding my path. Jobs seemed to come and go, happiness was too temporary, and stress clouded my focus often. I was in my own way, and looking for the best route to success. Sure of myself but unsure of the method I lacked the confidence because I didn’t have the support system like I had back home and I allowed myself to restrict myself from progression due to fear. Fear was simply the illusion trying to prevent greatness.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I don’t consider myself as just an artist, I’m an Entertainer. I sing, write, and arrange the majority of all my music, I dance and choreograph and have been doing so since I was 11. I creative direct the vision and direction of my brand. I aim to show the world that men can still make music that caters to women. I aim to touch on the qualities that define our humanity: empathy, sincerity, compassion, anger, love, etc. These things seem to have disappeared as an acceptable subject matter in the music industry today. My brand is focused on bringing these aesthetics back to popular culture.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I wouldn’t call it luck, far from in fact. Where I am currently in life has come from years of preparation and relationship building. God has always been heavily present throughout my journey and has been the best guide I could ever ask for. He has allowed me to rub shoulders and shake hands with individuals I never imagined I would cross paths with (well not as soon as I did). This has been years in the making and nothing was by chance or accident. To say I was solely responsible for the things that have happened in my career would be selfish, plenty of people I’ve met along the way have played pivotal roles in my development. I had to learn how to properly conduct myself in this industry and my cautiousness has allowed me to best maneuver through this environment fluidly.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/traveontai/
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