Music is my Life

Palmer Reed's music is what i would call Outkast mixed with John Legend put together. He is a great individual and i had the privilege of interviewing this talented musician.  

CJ: what type of audience are you going towards?
PR: I am aiming to all audiences. I want my music to have no boundaries and I would like for everyone to be able to say they have a favorite song and all of them be different.

CJ: When did you start playing and performing?
PR: I started playing guitar when I was 6, but I didn’t really get serious about performing until probably my junior year in high school.

CJ: Are there any artist you would like to work with in the future?
PR: There are too many people I want to work with. I really would love Pharrell and Kanye West on the Producer side.  Also, I would love to work with Daft Punk; their groove tracks are amazing.  I want to work with Lil B, Lupe Fiasco, Chester French, Mansions on the moon, J*Davey, and a bunch of others as well.

CJ: Are there any musicians that influence you via on television or within the community.

PR: I look up to all other musicians that are serious about their musical craft.  Some big artists I look up to are people like Johnny Guitar Watson, John Mayer, Kanye West, Bob Marley, Pharrell, and Bob Dylan.  Locally, I like Kaleigh Baker, Peter Baldwin, The Evan Taylor Jones Band (family of mine), and of course my Family Gang, but I look up to everyone that is truly making things happen.

CJ: What desires your passion to pursue music?
PR: My passion for pursuing music is just the thought that music can change people’s lives.  Nothing makes me feel better then when someone emails me or tweets me saying that my song helped them in some way.  Its like the ultimate gratification.  (A Grammy would be nice too though. Haha!)

CJ: What do you feel your music brings to the music industry
PR: My music brings change.  A change that needs to be seen not only with my acoustic stuff, but with my hip hop music or my production as well.  I feel like creatively the industry is starting to become to predictable. There needs to be artists that push the envelope in what people hear.

CJ: What has been the most inspiring moment so far?
PR: My most inspiring moment for me would probably have to be performing at the Hardrock. Being in the green room, or walking down the hallways and seeing pictures from all the people that have been on that stage and knowing that my name is now on that list is probably the most humbling and Inspiring feeling ever.  It drives me to do even more gigs at even bigger places around the world.

CJ: How often do you perform and where.
PR: I try to play at least two to three times a week. School has made that a bit hard, but I’ve played from 57west, to the social, to backbooth, to firestone, to tanquerays, to just recently, The Hardrock at CityWalk. 

CJ: Do you want to make your music a career or just a hobby
PR: Music Is my life. I can’t remember a time without it and I don’t want to try and visualize life without it.

CJ: What does your music usually talk about?
PR: My music usually talks about love and all the situations that are caused because of it.

CJ: Anything you want to add?
PR: I love to perform and I love to make good music. I am on myspace, Facebook, twitter, youtube, and tumblr.  Feel Free to holler at me!  I got some great projects in the works right now so stay tuned!

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I do it for the Ladies

Have you heard of Cioni Brasco? if not, he is an up-incoming R&B singer who attends Full Sail and will BLOW you away with his smooth relaxing voice; but it's for the ladies... I had the opportunity to interview this future millionaire song writer/producer and talk about his life as a singer and where he wants to take his music abilities. 

CJ: When did you start playing and performing?
CB: I started playing music when I was 11 years old… the alto saxophone was my first actual instrument I learned to play, and when I reached high school I decided to actually start the piano. 

CJ: What desires your passion to pursue music?
CB: My passion lies in the way the music makes you FEEL… I have always been told I could sing, but when you come from a huge family of singers… it’s tough because in that particular world, what you do isn’t necessarily that amazing b/c everyone on my mother’s side could sing for the most part… But the feeling I would get when performing in high school talent shows, and the way you see people respond, when they can identify with the passion you bring on stage, is something… is a feeling… that nothing else quite comes close too…

CJ: Are there any musicians that influence you via on television or within the community?
CB: Absolutely! I love so much music, but since I started with R&B, I love the harmonies of older music, the Boyz to Men, New Edition; I also grew up listening to Luther Vandross. As far as today’s music, I’d have to say I try to ignite the passion of the ladies, as LL Cool J does, which is how I got my moniker as “The Ladies Choice." I try to bring the energy as Ryan Leslie and the excitement I feel when I create my music into the actual final mix and the third artist is Tank because I believe he embodies the traditional r&b with the older r&b we’re familiar with hearing.

CJ: Give us an overview of your mix-tape you have out right now.
CB: Its just exactly what you said, a "broad overview" of the type of music I do. You got some club bangers in there... u got radio music in there... also R&B joints... so I think it's just a nice mixture of what I do... I have a mixtape coming out called "swagger music" and i have one coming out called "the ladies choice" and my actual album when it drops is called "finally romance" so "the ladies choice: where romance meets swagger" is a combination of the three.

CJ: Do you want to make your music a career or just a hobby?
CB: Well I think once you actually invest money into your music, and you receive money back in some way, shape or form, it ceases to be a “hobby” and becomes an actual business. From there, the difference between it just being a business to becoming a career, is just making that “business” your complete focus; I’m already an accomplished songwriter. I came to Full Sail with certain things already on my resume, I’m just here expanding my knowledge.

CJ: What do you feel your music brings to the music industry?
CB: This is actually easy... My music differs from other artist because while a great artist like Drake can actually tell you a story musically, and make the listener feel like they are actually witnessing the story before their eyes, My music actually brings the listeners, mainly the women into the story so now, not only can they visualize what I’m saying, they feel like I’m saying it to them… huge difference.  I have a personal connection with every person that listens to my music so they almost feel like I’m having a conversation with them.

CJ: Are there any artist you would like to work with in the future ?
CB: Lots... besides LL Cool J, Ryan Leslie and Tank, I love Kevin Cossom, Big Sean, Kanye... but I’m just open to the experience of creative artists..

CJ: What does your music usually talk about?
CB: Love, sex, passion, and romance.

CJ: How often do you perform and where?
CB: I’m not performing at the moment while I’m in school but towards the end of graduation, next spring I’ll be back at it.

CJ: What has been the most inspiring moment so far?
CB: Selling thousands of copies on I-tunes and proving to myself that I can actually DO this.

CJ: What type of audience are you going towards?  
CB: Ladies, ladies, ladies… I’m “the ladies choice”!

Cioni Brasco is a great musician and look forward to seeing him at the top. For more information on Cioni, you can visit his website at or check him out on YouTube as well.

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