We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason McGee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jason, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I started directing choirs when I was 14yrs old. My grandfather was a pastor and back then I thought it would only be for the benefit of the church. Around 24yrs old, I realized that there was a broader opportunity to reach the world and I began to study with a greater lense. One of my favorite quotes is, “I didn’t wait for my moment, I prepared for it” because you may have a dream or vision, but you have to prepare for it. Music is a global language and the world especially loves the sound of choirs. There’s something powerful that reaches the soul of listeners who need inspiration. If you examine most of the grand award or event stages around the world, a choir is usually included to optimize the impact. I recognized that there was a need to cultivate chorale sounds that compliment any genre so I arrange music and assemble voices that can be effective in any setting.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a creative, in every sense of the word. The majority of my career has been spent directing music/singers, developing choirs and arranging vocals for everything from Gospel, Rock, and Pop to television shows and film soundtracks. Additionally, I am a Graduate of the LACC Theater Academy and a Talk Show Host.
What sets me apart is that I don’t only lead in one music genre, but I have the ability to flow between different styles. Most recently, my choir can be heard on the soundtracks for “Space Jam 2” with Anthony Ramos and “The Black Godfather” with Pharrell. My live performances include the Grammy Awards with Madonna, Cochella with Khalid, events with famed-producer David Foster and a few specials with John Legend. In addition to music leadership, I’ve enjoyed hosting for high profile entertainment outlets such as WeTv’s “GooRu Style” and the red carpet for the Stellar Awards.
Any level of success starts with a vision and the drive to carry it out. I had a vision for myself as a creative and became very relentless in pursuing that vision. Of course, it wasn’t easy getting to where I am but I fought everyday to achieve it…even if it meant fighting myself. There have been times that the desire to give up outweighed the desire to keep going. That’s the moment when you have to remember your “Why”. Why did I start this? Why did I move from my hometown to pursue this? Who am I trying to reach? What is my goal? All of those questions put you back on the grind and force you to keep going. Success isn’t a destination, but a journey.
When I’m dead and gone I want the world to know that I was always fighting for something bigger than myself. The goal has always been to open the door for those coming behind me who also dare to dream. I desire to be the person my family looks up to.
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.
My absolute favorite place in Los Angeles is The Grove. It literally has everything to ensure a good time. Shops, Food, and sites. It’s VERY LA. Lol! My favorite Restaurant is Upper West and you can’t go wrong with any beach or site in Malibu. On any given Friday Night I can be seen at the Pantages Theater checking out a visiting Musical. Sundays are for church and brunch! Sadly, I’m kinda boring so if I’m not working or creating my downtime is spent on my couch with my bestie, the remote lol. It’s the “me time” I thoroughly enjoy after working around stages, lights and so many people.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The person that instantly comes to mind is Gerald Haddon. He’s the producer of the album “Power” and also a very good friend of mine and also the reason why I signed with My Block Inc. I would also like to shout out my mother, Mary McGee and my grandfather Bishop E.V. McGee, and Bishop Noel Jones and The City of Refuge.
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