We had the good fortune of connecting with George Gregory and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi George, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process was more of a question. The question was; how much do I believe in myself? Just like any other business music, if done correctly, can be a lucrative business. Branding and marketing along with timing are crucial for success. I learn everyday. Trial and error has been my template in this world. Not the best business model I openy admit but I am honest to myself and sincerely express my opinions and observations in my music.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been driven from my earliest memories to try to reach people through music. I grew up in Detroit in poverty. A home life that really could be an after school special. Influenced by Elvis and the Beatles watching John Lennon doing the peace sit- ins and trying to effect change through his music. From my earliest childhood experiences I have been trying to entertain along with an inner all-consuming need to express myself and witness the plight of our existence. I am very proud to have risen out of poverty and the way of life in Detroit where being a “street rat” or an “OG” that becomes the easy way to make a living. I did this through hard work. I hold a Broker License and have Manufactured Home Dealership, I have maintenance and management experience with property management that empowered me to rise above and chase my dream. Needless to say nothing has came easy. That after-school special childhood I referred to, a father who was an abuser of, his wife, his children. Drunk and violent. He was a founding member of “The Devils Disciples” motor cycle gang. Ex-convict and morally void, absent of any real connections, he didn’t want to work. I had 4 paper routs at 8-10 years old making $104 to $106 a week, Giving it to my family to pay rent and put food on our table. He exalted me and held me high in praise but basically he let his son be the provider of household and mentally and physically used me as child labor. He left by the time I was 10 and my mother raised three children on her own. I left the house by 15 and was not a burden on her because I hit hit the streets and played the roll of OG. I rose above this when I knew I wanted more from life than a future that involves police and gangster moves and planning. I used maintenance in property management to get me out. Hard work and educating myself to obtain skills that made me valuable in the field of property management. Using this as a platform to then chase my dream. Hard work and persistence, facing adversity head on, and never lying to myself is the lesson of life for me. Now through music I bare witness to our inhumanity to each other, trying to effect change through my music, as those who came before, Dillon, Lennon, Marley, so many others. I ask people to think for themselves and to look at themselves. Asking people to speak out against the Tyranny that is forced upon us. Hence my band Killing Tyranny
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?
Frankly coming to San Diego was the best thing for me. It is such a wonderful city and full of beautiful people. I would start by hitting the beaches in the North County. Showing off the scenery and serenity of our majestic coastline. I would next go to Coronado shopping and hit the Downtown Gaslamp for a night of food, entertainment and lavish in our beautiful city. Of course hit Petco for a Padres Game. Hit the bay for jetski and water games. Next go to the East County show off our country life. Beautiful mountains and trails to explore. Take a day in the desert. 4 wheeling fun for all. Round off the experience with music and entertainment venues of choice. Of course this is with the assumption that normalcy will return post Covid-19. That experiencing life will be more than virtual. That we as a nation climb out of this stronger and smarter. Otherwise this new normal is a virtual world experienced through memories and virtual technology.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mother, no longer with us, but she faced so much adversity raising 3 children in Detroit. Showing me how to overcome the struggles in life with dignity and humility. Instilling me with a moral compass and compassion. My Mary. Mary is my fiancé. She helps me with her designs, stage clothing, and creativity. We create together and we share so many hardships and obstacles, in life. I am thankful for her everyday.