We had the good fortune of connecting with Bradley Banks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bradley, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk-taking is a vital part of the process. A lot of things I do while scared. Being scared is a moment in time but once you take the plunge to do something the feeling tends to flee. Especially in the music industry taking risks gets noticed. I took a risk moving to LA, with no job lined up I just knew it was something I needed to do. Now 4 years later and things aren’t exactly where I would like them to be but things are definitely on the upswing. That’s the thing about faith, you have to just move when you feel the Holy Spirit prompting you to no matter how big the risk. That was a huge lesson I had to learn, do it, and ask questions later when they need to be addressed. I can plan all day but faith without works is dead. Yes write your vision but work on it no matter how big the risk.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an Urban Contemporary Gospel Artist, Singer, songwriter, vocal producer, freelance A&R. I know that was a mouth full but I pretty much do it all. I’m most proud of the music I’m currently creating. For a really long time, I struggled with understanding Identity. I finally am to the point where I’m making music for myself and not trying to fit into a box the industry gave me to make my home. The process hasn’t been easy and quite frankly I never wanted to be a recording artist. Catch me in the background singing oohs and ahhs or in the studio helping someone else fulfill their call. The thing about a call is it’s for a specific individual, when you try to fit someones else’s calling you are left feeling empty and incomplete. I now can boldly say I’m operating in my call now and with stepping into that I had to take some time to do some healing. It wasn’t an easy process but thanks to my faith in Jesus, amazing friends, family, and a lot of time in therapy; healing was able to take place. Getting a life coach was so important to me to keep me focused and Chanel Glover was amazing at pulling the greatness out of me. I understand now that my call is greater than me and I create music that heals. My art wasn’t able to do its job fully until I went through the healing process on my own. I want people to walk away from my brand knowing that I am fully human and with that comes a lot of flaws but because of the truth I’ve found in Christ; my hope is that my music will cause others to experience healing as well. I recently released a music video which is available on youtube for my latest single entitled “Remain The Same”. https://youtu.be/ZafQfJfWPuw
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First of all, we are going to the beach lol. I am not a fan of tourist beaches because I beach, beach. So we will be doing activities like Kayaking in Marina Del Rey, and take a drive to Newport to catch a whale-watching cruise, or just laying out in Hermosa having some fun in the sun. A drive to Malibu is a must and yes I will be taking Kanan road so they can catch the breathtaking views of the mountains. Bunch is a must with bottomless mimosa most likely at Castaway in Burbank or Mama Shelters in Hollywood. Hopefully, we can catch a live music event! The Rona has to go lol. But my spot is definitely the Juice Joint on Mondays at the Study in Hollywood.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Engineer: Joi Wynn Producer: Randy Mcclure
Brand Manager: Damaris Gandy
Producer: Kush Oxford
Photographer: Luke Bryant
Life Coach: Chanel Glover
Pastors: Shronda and Richard Page
Facebook: Bradley Banks
Luke Bryant , John Yi, Joi Wynn