“I hated every minute of training, but I said:
‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
– Muhammed Ali
The above quote was stated by boxing champion Muhammad Ali and I’ve tried my very best to emulate these words as I’ve grown and hopefully continue to grow into the artist I want to be: “The artist who learns and teaches, who without fear can give love as easily as he may receive it, who brings joy and passion wherever they set foot.”
…I want to bring happiness into the world with what I do…
I’m Amir Royale, a 16-year-old aspiring artist, mogul entrepreneur and I am currently a student attending Fiorello H. LaGuardia of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
I live in St. Albans, New York, a quiet suburb in the midst of Queens that has been known best for being the home base of artists throughout history such as Thomas “Fats” Waller, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald up to even the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown. With that, to say the least, my earliest memories as a kid was listening to jazz and soul. I grew up loving music just as much as your normal kid grew up loving basketball. As I grew into my teens, that love spewed into multiple genres, the primary ones becoming Hip-Hop and R&B.
In that respect, I can simply say just a couple of my inspirations are the names I mentioned just moments ago, but more can be added to list. Early musicians such as Miles Davis and Coltrane have inspired me to take the knowledge I have of instruments to a much more intimate level. Davis’s creation of Jazz Fusion and the countless pieces that Coltrane soloed on throughout his career amaze me and only leave me in awe. Artists such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra have inspired me tremendously on the side of performance. Sammy Davis was both an incredible singer and dancer, his energy upon the stage was not only caused by his charisma but by his movements just as easily. This same charisma factor applies to Sinatra in his smile and postures. Though he never had the same finesse and flavor in movement as Sammy, he did indeed perfect his voice and stage presence without a doubt. In contemporary light, current artists such as Drake, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Logic, John Legend, Jay-Z and Nas have all inspired me with their countless philosophies and skill sets, especially with those of which have changed the perceptions of the Hip-Hop/R&B genres. My target audience would be people my age. Kids in their teens. Kids who get up everyday, walk and take the bus and train to school. Kids who think they won’t get farther than that bus and train will take them. Kids who don’t chase dreams because too many people say that whatever dreams they still hold on to will never come to pass. I’m trying to reach that girl in the back row of the stadium who thinks she’ll never get to meet me because I’m so far away on the stage. I’m trying to reach that boy sitting in the front row who’s always felt so alone until he heard my lyrics. I want to have that affect on people. I want to help. I get this heartwarming feeling for what I do. I just love to love. I can’t help it. My art is what helps me release that love into mankind. I want to allow my music to be that little hub people can choose to lock themselves if things get a little two harsh or too much around them. I know I needed it growing up, sometimes I still do and I believe that having that helps you understand who you are inside.
I’ve recently started my own independent label, Blues Bell Music and I’ve been helping to produce artists as well as myself. With the release of my debut mixtape, Magnificent (with promotions of it on DatPiff, SoundCloud, MySpace and Genius.com) I have been in the works of building towards my dream. I’ve recently shopped the mixtape around to labels and I am continuing to advance knowledge of it as I work on newer projects that I am excited to release. Now though, it’s all about me performing live. I need to start touring and performing wherever I can, post it online and get a movement following me. I need to create my fanbase. As difficult as it is, I love the challenge and I’ve continued to work toward it.
I’m very big on building teams and families to paint masterpieces for people to enjoy. I hope that by working with others, collaborating and building connections that I can get my vision and even the visions of those around me out for the world to enjoy. Anything is possible. Most people just settle for normalcy because everyone else they know gives into it. I can’t let myself be one of those people and because I love you, I’m not going to let you think that way either. Care about yourself and know your value, it’s more important than anything in the world we have found ourselves in.
#Performance – ReMu SHS 2015
is a multi-talented actor, recording artist, filmmaker, and entertainment entrepreneur with M. StageScene Communications, Corp. Royale is a graduate and adjunct professor of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music (where he also earned a minor in Cinema Studies). Royale also is a graduate of the acclaimed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where he studied Drama. Royale hails from St. Albans, Queens — a neighborhood that was once home to many legendary musicians, such as James Brown, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, A Tribe Called Quest, and Count Basie.