EDITORIAL: Jully Black – What I Would Change About R&B and Soul Music in Canada (HuffPost)

rez | Editorial | Sunday, July 7th, 2013


Jully contributes to The Huffington Post’s “What I’d Change About Canada” editorial series. If Kardi’s “Mr. International” then Jully is definitely “Ms. Media Mogul”. She can rock the stage, the studio, the radio (as artist or personality), TV (as artist or personality, lol) and now print media. Jeez.

What I Would Change About R&B and Soul Music in Canada.

When I was asked to contribute to the Huffington Post, I got fired up! I was ready to speak on every unfair thing that I experienced as a Black, Female, Canadian-born R&B Soul Singer and Songwriter. As I started typing I could feel my blood pressure rising so I stopped, took some deep breaths, and asked God what I should write about and to please give me the right words that will reach and impact even one person In a positive way. Believe me, I was prepared to call it like it is about the Canadian music industry. But then I realized that in spite of it all, I have been so blessed to make music for a living for the past 18 years. Now, are there things I would change or reform about the Canadian music industry? Oh, you best believe it! But in order to affect change permanently, you have to be the change you want to see. So with that in mind, here is what I would change about the Canadian music industry.

If I was handed a magic wand, I would erase all of the unsaid fear that a lot of the executives at radio stations, record companies, corporate brands, television and print media outlets have in promoting and celebrating our domestic R&B soul singers. I would urge them to passionately and freely support the artists of this genre in ways that are equal to the artists of other genres. This support will not only allow them to attain enough success to stay in Canada, live great lives, and support themselves full time, but it will provide a way to pay it forward.



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