And Now Here’s a Truly MAJOR Nominee for Outstanding New Artist by the NAACP Image Awards

Major, pictured with Ms. Blair of Long Beach Jazz - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Major, pictured with Ms. Blair of Long Beach Jazz - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The California Rocker Q and A with The Musician Known as MAJOR


DB: How does it feel to be recognized as a nominee for Outstanding New Artist by The NAACP Image Awards?

MAJOR: It feels amazing. I’m thankful.

DB: Do you think it takes more than talent to make it in music today? 

MAJOR: Absolutely, it may sound cliche but ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING. The talent may get you there but good character can keep you there.

DB: When did you first know you had what it takes? 

MAJOR: I’ve always believed I had “IT” (not perfect but great) from a young age … I just learned not everyone will get it at the same time – so I kept it excellent and just gave it time. Now more of the world is taking notice and I’m thankful for that.

DB: What role has the church played in your musical growth and inspiration? 

MAJOR: The essence of church is at my core. I learned the power of faith, belief, and unity from the church. Got NOTHING but love for the church. Always will.

DB: Who are your mentors? 

MAJOR: I get inspiration from any one who’s WINNING. I’m always taking notes. But the most recent heroes of my today are Elvin Ross (film composer) and Stevie Wonder (the legend). Mr. Wonder for obvious reasons including his recent public support of my career and Elvin Ross for all of the wisdom he gives me. I’m grateful. Like for real.

DB: What advice would you give a young musician today?

MAJOR: Keep it champion. That means excellent in every way possible. The world won’t be able to deny you.


NAACP Image Awards FAQ: The two-hour awards ceremony will be broadcast live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium at 9 P.M. ET PT tape-delayed on Saturday, Feb. 11 on TV One.  A live 90-minute red carpet pre-show, co-hosted by Terrence J and Nischelle Turner, will begin at 7:30 pm.

LeBron James will be presented with the NAACP Jackie Robinson Sports Award, and Harvard Law professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. will be honored with the NAACP Chairman’s Award.

Other presenters are yet to be announced, as is this year’s NAACP Entertainer of the Year. Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin are the executive producers. Co-executive producers are Kimmie H. Kim and Byron Phillips. Tony McCuin is the director and Robin Reinhardt is the talent producer.