We had the good fortune of connecting with Lyric Reddick and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lyric, what do you attribute your success to?
I would have to say the most important factor behind my success would have to be family, but not in the traditional sense of the word!

My family is what keeps me going, what keeps me grounded, one of the definitions of family is “a group of related things” and to some extent I have always found a way to find common ground with everyone in my life.

My hood is my family, my friends are my family, my supporters are my family…whatever pushes me to strive for more and make people proud to say they have come in contact with me to some capacity.

“if you want to go fast go alone…but if you want to go far go together”

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My ability to captivate audiences really creates the gap between me and other artists, I remember my first solo performance it clicked in my head “I want my shows to be a house party” I want people dancing chanting just kicking it! I’ve pulled people on stage before dancing, I’ve let people hold the mic and sing the hooks, I’ve found any way off the stage that I could but I just wanted to kick it with the people that paid to kick it with me…I brought the human aspect to my shows so I wouldn’t feel nervous.

Getting to where I am now wasn’t easy at all it took a lot of help in the in the aspect of not giving up, the stigma you get as a local artist is rough and that stigma sticks with you until you have a “buzz” so many times hearing “well at least I’m not a local rapper” that shit sucks….no other potential profession gets that wrap…nobody has ever said “at least I’m not a local fashion designer” or “at least I’m not a local actor” so in the beginning while growing my buzz I never wanted to show my face…just wanted to spread my music and when it spread and I knew people liked it or they heard my songs then heard my voice and made the relation THEN I would “spill the beans” so to speak but I always stood behind whatever came for me even in those times.

Just know when you hear my name or see my name on anything I 100% and myself and I approve whatever it is…my name is my brand and my brand is my word.

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?
my friends are simple people so most of all of us just enjoy being with each other, of course we would hit the gym (it may not sound like a vacation but we all compete with each other here)

besides that we all like to experience things so it would probably be 3 low-key nights, a rooftop bar, some type of day brunch, hikes, the beach and just a kick it in the crib with all of us. In the midwest there aren’t a whole lot of sights to see so everything here is breathtaking.

now those other 2 nights we will probably try to make it a movie! we are on the town, we are getting bottle service etc.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is probably the hardest question I have been asked because so many people and places are owed a piece of the spotlight here.

I would have to say Brail Watson deserves a bit bigger slice considering if it weren’t for him I would have never recorded anything nor hopped on a stage period. It is a little known fact that I started out as a “hype man” for him so wherever he went I followed, I learned a lot about how to command a stage from him, how to get the crowd involved and even how to layer tracks in the studio and use my voice. It may sound like a no brainer but different tones of songs deserve different vocal fluctuations to get your point across.

Lindsey Alderman gets a slice as well (I guess lol) being around her and seeing her professionalism and the respect she demands when it comes to her craft made me reevaluate myself as an artist, her attitude of “you don’t have to like me but you will respect me” is something that I cared with me everywhere else except musically and she was one of the first people that simply asked the question “why?” and I can’t thank her enough for that.

there are so many other people that I could speak on here Brian Jackson, Amarii Davu, Dai Gaines, Marvin Smith, Jay Vera, Corey Walker, JT, Dev….the list is truly endless so I’m going to just cut it here and mention everyone else in part 2.

Image Credits
rellativepix photography

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