We had the good fortune of connecting with Jairus Edwards and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jairus, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
The makings of a true artist I think isn’t something you simply pursue. As cliche as it may sound, I believe the creative life is something that chooses us. Taken in my life experiences and the community I’ve built is what shaped me as the artist I am today. As an artist, I dream of bodies of works that’ll last forever, I dream of changing the world through music one show at a time, and my journey of growth to reach my fullest potential as a human. The belief in myself and my community to even attempt such goals is why I am an artist.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a 21-year-old artist from Prince Georges County, MD now based in Los Angeles Ca, with recently earning my degree in vocal jazz from The University of Southern California I can tell you it has not been easy. As a child, I’ve always been told if you work hard you can make anything possible, and that’s something that’s motivated me to achieve my dreams. When I look back at all of the things I’ve accomplished through the years, from community theatre auditions to music schools, to opening for major artists like Brent Fiyaz and Mereba I’m most excited about my journey as an artist. To see how much I’ve accomplished at 21 I know the sky isn’t the limit but the starting ground. And with every challenge, I take it head-on and lean on my community because we’re in this together. If it’s one thing I want the world to remember is no matter what your song is sing it loud, sing it proud, and sing it with heart and always Stay Groovy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them first to all the regular “touristy” kind of places like shopping and whatnot at the Grove, Melrose, Hollywood Blvd. I love nature so we’d definitely hit the beach. We’d do Santa Monica Pier and Venice.. but probably do Dockwieler Beach for a little bonfire and smores.
But I think the best way to experience an area is through food and I LOVE food so starting with something southern definitely hitting up some of my favorite spots like Comfort LA, Gus’s or Dulan’s both amazing! La always feels like a vacation so we’d have to do Caribbean food my favorite is Wi Jammin in Culver city the cafe and the restaurant are both amazing. You can’t come to LA without Mexican; my personal favorite is La Taquiza by USC so so good and the portion sizes are generous. For breakfast, I’m taking them to Jack’s and Joes or The original Pantry Cafe. And for a late night bite going downtown to La Cafe!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shout-out to my entire community. I wouldn’t be able to have gotten this far in life if it weren’t for the people in my corner since the beginning and the people who are just joining my journey! The family that I have from the DMV to LA makes it possible for me to be an artist and has shown nothing but love and support and I am forever grateful for them!