We had the good fortune of connecting with Kerry Lona and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kerry, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
The end goal for me is to be the best possible version of myself, whatever that may end up looking like when it’s all said and done. I’ve always had hopes & dreams to have multiple albums that truly inspire and resonate with people so God willing, there will be a lot of awards, creative visuals, tours, and charge topping records. I’ve always wanted to be one of, if not the best to do what I do. At the same time, I’d like to be the owner of multiple successful businesses from fashion & clothing to film, running a label, and other areas like real estate. One of my biggest goals has always been to financially free my family for generations to come. It’d mean the world to be able to truly influence real change in the world and especially in my hometown. I want to be in a position to where I can pay it back putting on other artists and creatives from my city and build thriving platforms for them. I’ve got a lot of goals for myself and ideas I want to give to the world so I’m just putting in the work for now. I don’t like to speak on things too deeply or too premature but I hope my answer gives a good idea.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what sets me apart is not being afraid to just be myself, no matter what and try new sounds or new things with my music. I try to stay true to who I am in the moment of creating different projects and that changes as I change and grow but I always want to give that accurate picture. I want people to feel something when they press play. Right now, I’m most excited about the things I’ve been working on. I feel like its special and it’s something refreshing. I strictly got here by believing in myself and not giving up. It’s been trial and error the whole way through, definitely not easy doing that. But when the road gets bumpy, I’ve had people to go to and I always get back up, then go get better. I just always try to find ways to improve and I don’t let the highs or the lows dictate how high or low I get. Some of the big lessons I’ve learned is trust yourself, be patient with yourself, but most importantly go hard for what you want. Everything in life takes hard work to get but it won’t feel like work if you love it. We all start from a bottom, it’s all about what you do with what you have. It’s not always the hype they sell you. But that’s what I want the world to know about me, a champion for the people and a soldier who always gets up and someone who’s not afraid to show love or emotion, the world we live in needs those two things.
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?
To be honest, I’m still discovering those myself with me just moving back to the city after years of living away for school. Some that stick out to me just off the top of my head for food would be Pappa’s BBQ, House of Pies, Hank’s Fish, Lotus, Cheddar’s, & Mike’s Seafood. As far as hangouts, there’s so many but The Fountains, the Museum District, and the James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University are special to me.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Definitely, I have to give a shoutout to God first. He’s gotten me through a lot I had not control over & then my family for encouraging me to chase my dream even at a young age. My mom, Nick, Meagan, Justin & Kevante deserve highlights for sure. They were there for the genesis of what I’m doing. A host of friends over the years, but special love to Dion, the Backyard era, Sofia, Susie, P-Mo, Big C, Josh U, Alecia & my childhood best friend Devonte, who listened to my first rap. Also to Izzy & Jason from Barron Studios for believing in my talent from the beginning and helping me start to find myself as an artist. Sam Hinds for making sure I sound the way I do now but honestly I hate shoutouts and picking names because people always get left out. I never want anyone to feel overlooked because I truly have nothing but love for any and everyone who’s contributed to this journey so far whether it’s been positive or negative.