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Daily Inspiration: Meet Joseph Nevels

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joseph Nevels.  

Hi Joseph, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I grew up in Kentucky as one of six siblings. My parents went to a one-room segregated school, but both ended up going to college and made many sacrifices so that we could have opportunities that they didn’t. 

My introduction to music came at an early age. My dad was a pastor, and I was always listening/imitating different singers etc. Also, I remember running down to the basement to watch Soul Train with my eldest sister.

When i was around six years old one of my older siblings had some different cd’s. Boys II Men, Lauryn Hill, Norah Jones.. I played the boys II men one the most  and would write down the lyrics in my notebook. I had a fascination with words and crafting them in a way to tell a story.

Then i got a little karaoke machine, a boom box with a mic attached to it and would sing the songs I’d studied. The music always pulled me in.

After an injury forced me to stop playing football in college, I realized my passion for creating was something that was always there. I started to hone in on writing and recording more frequently. I also wanted to have a good understanding of the business and contractual side of music so eventually went to law school. This also allowed me to help other artists who want to spend more time focusing on the creative side of the business. 

In my final year of law school, I released a single called “Breathe.” Pharrell Williams featured it on his Apple Music playlist. From there, other doors were opened, and I just continued building and releasing music. I was fortunate enough to have several songs in different movies and television series and hit around 8 million streams as an independent artist. 

I also began a business called DreamCoat Entertainment to help artists navigate the entertainment industry. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The industry is constantly changing/evolving so it’s important to know what to look out for and stay on top of. Also coming from Kentucky, where there wasn’t much of an industry, I had to learn to adapt. 

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
My essential qualities come from knowing who I am and understanding my intrinsic value. This is something that you have regardless of extrinsic things (career, car, house, etc.). Those things often change but having a solid foundation/identity (for me, that comes from God) allows me to stay grounded. It easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing, and naturally many people have a desire to want to be connected to a group. But you can do that without losing yourself if you truly know who you are and are comfortable with that. I believe that everyone is unique and that shows the most when you are true to yourself. 

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