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Spotlight – Gray Beals

Today’s Spotlight – Gray Beals. We got the chance to chat with Gary about the release of I Like That and his journey in music so far. Get a feel for what makes Gary tick and how he put together this new piece in his long list of hits.

Did you have a musical upbringing?

Music was all around me as I grew up. From a young age, I sang in the church choir, nurturing my passion. At home, classic Soul legends like Al Green, Otis Redding, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Gladys Knight played from my parents’ vinyl records, creating the backdrop of my life.

As the youngest in the family, I soaked up 90’s R&B tunes shared by my older brothers. This early exposure made me fall in love with music even more. The magic of those melodies captured my heart and has stayed with me, growing stronger as the years have gone by.

Do you remember the first song or album that made you fall in love with music?

I can’t quite remember the first song or album that sparked my love for music; I was too young to recall. However, my journey began around age 7, singing in church. There was this song called “Victory is Mine” that I used to sing. It was then that my passion for singing took root, igniting a deeper love for music in me.

What's your thoughts on the Toronto music scene?

Things are looking up in the music scene. There are more chances to create and grow now compared to when I first started. The talent pool is amazing, and there’s plenty of room for us to make a real impact on the music world. By coming together and sharing our talents and resources, we can enhance our communities and achieve even more. I’m excited to see what lies ahead for the Toronto music scene.

What do you think it takes to stand out in arguably one of the most diverse cities?

Being authentic to yourself is crucial. Create from your heart and stay honest. Build a circle of those who grasp your vision and can lift you higher. Hone your skills to the best of your ability, and the outcome will follow the path it’s meant to take.

Your new single "I Like That" is set to drop soon. How did that one come together?

It all unfolded in a really organic way. During a songwriting session with JRDN a few months ago, we started working on one track and then decided to explore something new. Before we knew it, a catchy hook emerged. JRDN then laid down a verse in the recording booth. Later, the idea of a collaboration hit me, especially since both JRDN and I hail from Nova Scotia. After spending some time with the demo, the thought of having a hip-hop artist on board surfaced. That’s when I got introduced to Kayo, and there was an instant connection. I knew he was the missing piece to infuse his magic into the song. I approached Kayo, and he was on board – the rest, as they say, is now history.

Were JRDN & Kayo destined for this track?

Without a doubt, they were meant for this track. I hold deep respect for both of them, both on a personal and professional level. Their unique contributions have enriched the song in incredible ways, and I feel truly fortunate that they brought their exceptional touch to it. This collaboration feels like a perfect fit, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.

How do you think your music has evolved going back to your first release to now?

My approach to music has transformed significantly. I’ve become more aware and deliberate in my musical journey. While I’m still rooted in my origins as “Little Gary from Cherry Brook,” I’ve embraced personal growth and musical maturity. My tracks now resonate with authenticity; I’m unafraid to convey my thoughts openly. I’ve shifted to a more intuitive and mindful creative process, welcoming new sounds and innovative forms of expression into my music.

What do you do to stay grounded outside of music?

I’m fortunate to have an unwavering support system of cherished friends and family who keep me anchored. Their love and encouragement hold immense value in my life. I’ve also learned the importance of dedicating time to myself. I carve out moments for introspection, allowing my thoughts to settle and following the guidance of my inner spirit. Striving for balance across various aspects of my life has proven essential in maintaining my stability.

"I Like That" has a very relatable story that I would think most people can connect with. What are you hoping people take away from this one?

My hope is that this song makes listeners feel a sense of belonging and a stronger connection to those who truly enrich their lives. Whether it’s the warmth of romantic love or the bonds of friendship, we all have someone who holds special meaning. I want the song to create a feeling of home, where cherished memories with loved ones remain forever vibrant.

Everyone has a goat, who's your and why?

Oprah Winfrey has been a constant source of inspiration in my life. From my earlier days of tuning into “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” I was always captivated by the diverse discussions and guests. Her spiritual journey deeply resonated with me, and her ability to triumph over obstacles and hardships has left a great impression. She shines as a beacon of light, radiating positivity. Her commitment to giving back has also left a mark on me. Oprah’s journey has consistently motivated me to strive for my best self, just as she does.

What's something on your go to playlist that people wouldn't think you are rocking?

Thunderstorm sounds lol…sometimes I put on a playlist of nature sounds and it completely relaxes me. Nature’s soothing rhythms help me unwind, especially when I’m looking for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Are there any artists in the community you think people should listen to that aren't getting their due

First and foremost, don’t miss out on exploring the music of JRDN and Kayo – that’s a must! Their body of work is truly impressive. But hey, here’s more to dive into: take a listen to Tanika Charles, Aphrose, Claire Davis, Terrell Morris, Adria Kane, Desiire, and Leila Dey, to name a handful. These talented artists are part of the community, consistently dropping fresh tracks that you definitely won’t want to overlook.

What's one thing you think should be asked more in an interview that's not asked enough?

What’s a meaningful moment that has deeply impacted your music journey? Or perhaps even something non-music related.

In a world where we are making connections, who gives the eulogy at your funeral?

I have a close friend back home in Nova Scotia who I’ve known for well over 20 years.  He’s a Pastor of a church and definitely would make the most sense for giving the eulogy at my funeral.

Do you have any advice for people coming up in the industry?

Stay authentic, build genuine relationships, work hard, adapt, and prioritize your well-being to thrive in the music industry.

Last but not least, what motivates you to keep working on your music?

My passion for music and the joy I feel when I am creating and performing music in the right space is the expression that continues to fuel my motivation and drive to keep working on music. It’s one of my reasons for being here so it’s important I serve that purpose.

Spotlight – Gray Beals is a wrap! It was great to learn more about this humble and talented artist

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