It is said that music expressed in a truthful and emotional way, can touch someone deep down in their soul,only few people can possess such a talent. In order for someone to make such meaningful music, they must have a story to tell. Not just any story, but a story of struggle, adversity, and hardship. It can’t be made up or fabricated; it has to be authentic. And with so much watered-down music these days, true music fans do not have someone to relate to. Well, that’s about to change. Meet Zone. Born and raised in the most poverty stricken state in the USA, Mississippi, Zone has a story to tell. In a small town right on the Mississippi River, Natchez, Zone was raised in a single parent household in the infamous River Oaks projects where his grandmother also helped raise him. At the age of 10, the gang wanted him to join but his grandmother kept good tabs on him telling him to get his mind right and that the streets were no place for a young man. His grandmother got him involved in the church and made sure he stayed on the straight and narrow. At the age of 13, the very person that kept him on the right track, his grandmother, left him all alone when she died. With his guiding light gone and his mother in failing health, Zone was the man of the house and was forced to turn to the streets to pay the bills. The gang quickly embraced him by showing him love and offering protection. Life was starting to get better for Zone, that is, until he was kicked out of the house after his mom found out about gang life. Despite not having a place to call home, Zone did have two reasons to smile and enjoy life he graduated high school with a full scholarship to play football and he had a son. Shortly after graduation, Zone married his son’s mother. Feeling that he could not provide for his new family, Zone decided to turn down the scholarship and join the Marine Corp. It was there that he gained structure and strength to face anything. Well, almost anything. Zone and his wife were both not prepared for marriage so Zone moved to Minnesota to start over. It was at this point that he started to express himself by writing poetry and songs that defined his life. After realizing that his story needed to be heard, Zone hooked up with Q-JAMM and Muhammad who would help broaden his horizons and showcase his talent. When asked, “Why do people call you
Zone?” he responds by explaining, “I love music. Music to me feeds the soul, and sometimes we need this. I want to make music that feeds the soul as well as send out a message and be something people can have fun with. No matter what the next man is doing, I’m always doing my style. I stay in my lane and remained focused. I’m in my ZONE.” Zone has a story to tell, are you listening?