We had the good fortune of connecting with Greg Banks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Greg, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I chose an artistic career, to bring joy to , and positively impact as many people as I could.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m singer/songwriter/musician. I started writing songs at 12 and released my first EP at 17. I went on to study Classical Voice in undergrad at Xavier University of Louisiana. What sets me apart from anyone else is that I’m walking my own path, I’m doing what is placed in my heart and sharing those stories from my individual point of view and experiences. I’m most excited to continue to learn and grow, an open mind is a treasure. I got to where I am today by faith, prayer, holding myself accountable, sticking to my plans/goals, aligning with a great partner and learning to take constructive criticism. This journey has been far from easy. Their have been many situations I thought were opportunities that turned out to be hard lessons on what to do better next time. It’s a financial investment and the artist must first invest in self before anyone else does. You have to live and bask in the feelings of the life you want, despite where you are in the current moment, constant self evaluation and growth is mandatory. I’m the father of 5 sons 10-14 that’s half my life and all of my career as a father, add that to the difficulty radar. The truth is as much as I need support in my career so do they in life and in their aspirations, but sharing my life with them has been most rewarding. I’ve overcome challenges with perseverance. I commit to never giving up and finding a way to accomplish whatever my focus is.. ie reading, researching, asking for help, taking a step back to re-analyze. Some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way are, troubled times come upon all of us, how you the individual navigate through them is where the difference lies. I’ve also learned that commitment with intention takes us much further than hopes and wishes. I want the world to know that I took my time to get here, I trusted the process. My depth and passion is the culmination of my experiences both good and bad, that made me the man and artist I am today.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting New York, we’d kick off the experience with breakfast at Mike’s Coffee Shop in FortGreene Brooklyn. Mikes is a small simple cafe that only serves breakfast and lunch, the food is quick the service is quick and the experience is lasting. We’d walk down to the Brooklyn Bridge once across we’d walk up to Chelsea to one of my favorite thrift shops City Opera Thrift. By this time our breakfast has worn off and it’s time for lunch, so we’d walk down the High Line to the Meatpacking District and pick up lunch at Chelsea Market. After lunch we’d head in to chill for a bit before heading back out in the evening. Once night arrives and the city’s caught it’s second wind. We’d grab drinks in China Town at Apotheke then head to a fire rooftop party curated with the hottest Afrobeat/Caribbean rhythms! This would be on repeat for most of the week switching out the walking for subway/biking and switching out the restaurants. We’d definitely stop by Soco in Brooklyn several times, it’s the only place in the city that has the flavors of my home town of New Orleans. Some of the most exciting places are off the beaten path, exclusivity is also hard to beat!!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shout out my manager Marlenè Duperley. Marlenè has been such a pivotal force behind my growth and evolution as an artist and person. The constant challenge to dig deeper and reach higher keeps my creative wheels turning! We take risk together, and enjoy the rewards together… TEAMWORK makes the dream work BABY!!!!!