We had the good fortune of connecting with Roxxie Dymond and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roxxie, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born in East Houston Hospital on Wednesday, July 7, 1999; however, that’s just where my physical body is from. My being comes from a tight-knit, God-loving, musical family. Both my parents were musicians who created our family band: Escudo. (That means “shield” in Spanish.) I lived and loved tour life as a kid, and knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a singer when I grew up.
I grew up listening to my mother, grandmother, grandfather, and aunt sing while the rest played instruments. I didn’t watch much TV as a kid because, 1. We didn’t have cable and 2. Our form of entertainment came from playing, singing, and talking about music.
My parents always told my brothers and I, “always play like it’s your last day on Earth.” That, we did. My parents wanted to teach us that we should play with our whole heart and never not give it our all. I always thought, if Jesus were to come to Earth right now, would He be pleased?
I’m very thankful for being taught to give my all and to always have God be the center of everything. Without Him, I can do nothing – but with Him, I can do everything. I know that if I keep serving Him and putting Him above everything else in my life, I will be blessed, successful, prosperous, and fruitful.
I look forward to look how far I’ve come in the next 5 years.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Recently I’ve had tons of health issues so my music has been put on pause, but I’m making a full comeback in October. I look forward to making tons more covers and just content on my YouTube channel in general.
I think what makes my content different is that I actually take weeks to create each video and cover. Every single video has suffering behind it…really. Since I am visually impaired, there comes a lot of complications with creating any type of content. I do it all by myself with constant eye strain and limitations to what I can see. I basically guess if it looks good or not and hope for the best when I post it. Maybe one day I’ll get my sight fully back, maybe not. Either way I’ll never produce something I’m not proud of. Every song I perform, every song I produce, every song I post is because I was proud of it – it was because I put my all into it.
Getting where I am wasn’t easy. I’m usually the only blind person in the room, or sometimes even the only disabled person. I have to work twice as hard as my peers, it isn’t fair but nobody said it would be. I love working myself to the limit to produce the best music I can and to perform. If you really want something, you’ll find a way.
I’m nowhere near where I want to be, but I’m also nowhere near where I started and for that…I am grateful. There’s still so much work left to do and no matter what happens, I’m gonna keep climbing that ladder!
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?
Man, oh, man…this is such a tough question! This is Houston, baby! There’s so much to do, so much to see, and just SO much culture here!
Alright…let’s talk food first. When I think of Houston, I think of food trucks and cultural diversity.
1. Houston Sauce Pit – this place is 100% vegan and 200% delicious! If you want some good food truck BBQ, this is the place to go!
2. Trendy Vegan – another vegan place…but Asian. Pure authentic Asian cuisines that you just can’t miss!
3. Avant Garden – this place has different food pretty much every day, but what stays consistent is the goodness! It’s also breathtakingly beautiful.
In terms of general fun…man…it doesn’t get any better than downtown and the Montrose area. All the fun shops and eccentric street art make life more than memorable. We’ve also got the Natural Science Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, smaller art galleries, and so much more! Personally, I enjoy music (obviously, since I’m a musician), so I like visiting the little open mics and music nights in downtown. Here are my top 3:
1. Open mic nights at wonderlikewander – I can’t tell you how warm and inviting this place is. There’s always such fun acts and it’s a very laid back atmosphere.
2. Monday Jazz nights at Advent Garden – These skilled jazz musicians entertain us all night long while we have pizza and enjoy their intricate pieces. The atmosphere is like no other…and if you feel like dancing, they don’t mind.
3. Cafeza Houston – This intimate coffee shop knows how to bring down the house with their featured local artists. Definitely worth experiencing!
Houston is known for art and cultural…I’m so proud to call this my city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
No one can ever, ever, EVER say they are salf-made. There’s always someone that helped in someway whether they know it or not. For me, there are far to many to name so I will name five.
1. My grandparents.
They have never once told me
I’m dreaming too big. They are
the wisest people I know with
the kindest hearts.
2. My Tia Mari.
She’s definitely always believed I
can do anything. She’s taught
me so much about success,
money, dignity, self-respect,
having a good work ethic,
and never quitting for what I
want in life.
3. My immediate family.
They are always there for me in
the hospital. They’re like my
backbone. They know my
disease better than anyone else
and have seen me at my worst.
Without them (especially my
mama,) I wouldn’t have any type
4. Every artist who has gone before me. If they made it, so can I.
Everything I have is from Him.
He is my rock, my shield, my
foundation – my everything. He
loves me and I love Him. I
wouldn’t even be alive if it
weren’t for Him.
(Bonus: My dear friends…they know who they are.)
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