Galahad a.k.a Mike Gali
Galahad writes to me:
I was born in the beautiful country of Haiti. Grew up speaking French and influenced by Caribbean music and the culture. Attending Arkansas State University. Majoring in Media Productions and Minoring in Business Marketing. Hoping one day I can work or own music industries such as Atlantic records or sign to the rapper J Cole's record label called DreamVille.
I have performed every where from small Christian Youth Retreats to big high school graduation parties, to college parties and even rapping in Memphis this past August for the rapper Drakes dad (Dennis Grahm). Not afraid of crowds. My lyrics aren't saturated with stories of gangster word play or glorifying drug and alcohol use. My lyrics unite people of all color, gender and sexual orientation. I'm a firm believer and Christ so I rap about him from time to time. But I'm not your clichéd "Christian Rapper"
My mix tape "The Cover Up" is a story of my transition from a high school track star to being the underdog once again at a large university. I talk about love, the death of my Grandfather at a young age, pride and humility and just a great story for younger male and females yo listen to.
I am the Music Ambassador for www.OneSouth.org and part of Astronomical Entertainment
And answered my questions:
1. When did you first start singing (or playing your instrument)?
I attended a Visual and Performing Arts elementary school, where I learned how to act, play the violin, and sing. So I would say sense 3rd grade.
2. What was the first song you recall singing (or playing)?
Well as a Hip-Hop artist the first song I remember rapping was "Right Above It" by Lil Wayne and Drake.
3. Who are your musical inspirations?
Quincy Jones, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, 2 Pac, Nas, Common, Andre 3000, Lil Wayne and Drake
4. What genre of music do you listen to today?
I usually listen to Hip-Hop and R&B. From new school to old school. I also have a strong passion for Gospel music and some Pop. But I like singing more than rapping. there's nothing like a great smooth voice with a whistle register.
5. What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
lol an old Hannah Montana song
6. Where would you most like to perform?
Madison Square Garden or at the half time show during the Super Bowl
7. If you weren't a musician, what would you be doing?
Well I'm currently an undergraduate student attending Arkansas State University and am a Music ambassador for "One South", so if wasn't a hiphop artist, I would try to be a youth director or a mentor for inner city children.
8. What instruments do you play? I currently do not play an instrument but I played the piano for 3 years and the violin before I crossed over into HipHop so i do have a strong ear for tonality and rhythm
9. If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?
R&B, I love singing. I grew up surrounded by it and I sample alot of R&B songs into my hip hop tracks.
10. What other talents do you have?
I am a great person to network with! I have the ability to join people that would swear they would never speak to. I suppose its my way with words. But I also take pride in being a fast runner in track. I no longer run because of an ankle injury but I used to be fast as 4G LTE when it's acting right. hahaha
11. What is your favorite song to belt out at the bar/in the car/for karaoke?
huuuumm probably an old song by lil wayne off his "No Ceilings" mixtape
12. If you could sing a duet with any musician, living or dead, who would it be?
I would like to rap with Nas and J Cole or Kendrick Lamar and 2 Pac!
13. What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Missing out on spending time with your friends and family because of either working on crafting my art alone or always being in a studio and traveling a lot to promote yourself. And also getting strangers to listen to my music.
14. What has been the best advice you have ever been given?
"Do you think Picasso would be as good if he listened to the voice standing over his shoulder to change his brush strokes?"
In other words, Do you. if people don't like your music for what ever reason and you know your putting out positivity and knowledge, continue to do what you do. eventually they'll have their kids learn about u in history books.
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Thank you, Galahad, for taking the time to share your story and music with us!
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