Michon has been singing and writing since the age of 12. She’s always known that music is her passion, but it wasn’t until Michon was hand selected by Pastor Marvin L. Winans to sing background for him that she realized her purpose can also be her career. She has traveled extensively singing background for Pastor Winans and was honored to sing a duet with him at the Grand Opening of Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. This ignited a fire in Michon and she decided to pursue her dreams. In 2011 Michon released her debut album “Possessing the Promise” and it garnered international attention! It was ranked number one on many Soul and Jazz charts in the U.S. and abroad, prompting a demand for her performance on various countries.
Michon has opened up for Grammy Award Winner CeCe Winans, renowned Jazz trumpeter TL Williams and many others. Michon’s single “Always Remember” was ranked #1 in the UK’s soul and jazz charts of best independent songs. Currently, many songs from this project still receive frequent airplay in Switzerland, Africa and London!
UM: We love your music! Where did you get the inspiration for your most recent single ““It’s All About Me”?
MY: This track came from a real place and I think many women may be able to relate to the lyrics. Most women wear multiple hats from mother, to employee, wifey to caregiver, etc, you name it, we do it. Sometimes you must demand your “It’s All About Me” time. This track speaks to a significant other in respectfully and lovingly expressing her needs. It’s simply a lyrically gentle and a musically mellow track that’s a reminder to both women and men that quality time is needed and mandatory for successful, healthy relationships.
UM: When did you discover your gift to sing and write?
MY: I was introduced to music as a small child. My Dad recognized I had a bit of a voice when I was around 11 or 12 years old around the same time I also became fascinated with lyrics. He bought me my first album which was Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the key of life”. This album had all the lyrics in it and I learned them ALL verbatim! LOL. I guess I just loved the way artists back then gave you a clear visual of what they sang about. You felt their happiness and joy if their music was upbeat and conversely their pain and sadness if the tracks were just the opposite. It was musical storytelling for me and I enjoyed how the great musical storytellers e.g. Gladys Knight, Johnny Taylor, Bobby Womack, etc told their stories through song.
UM: What advice can you give to our Unrivaled Magazine readers who may not know what their gift is so they can discover it?
MY: It’s been said many times before but the best advice I can give is to follow your passion. Typically, that’s where you discover what your true gifts are. What do you thoroughly enjoy doing most? What lights up your heart when you do it? What activities and things do you do that in many ways are effortless and natural? When you find out what that is, sharpen your gift and take care of it. Nurture it. We often work hard to become experts in our everyday jobs and respective fields but don’t apply the same efforts in becoming experts using our natural talents and gifts. Developing your own training plan in refining your gifts is paramount to your success. Do something everyday as best you can to refine and polish your gift. Decide to become an expert in what you love to do and watch your growth soar. It’s the best feeling in the world.
UM: When did you get your first big break?
MY: My first break professionally happened when Pastor Marvin L.Winans hand-picked me to become his background singer and tour with him. I learned so much about the business, the importance of practice, band selections, song selections and even soft skills on how to treat the people who work for you. Pastor Winans is a master at that. As big of a celebrity that he is, he always made sure to treat his people very well. A consummate professional in every sense of the word. This is where my training began and I use many principles he taught me as a solo artist. I’ll always have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for him and his teachings.
UM: Your music is not just a hit in the U.S. but internationally including Switzerland, Africa and London and your single “Always Remember” was ranked #1 in the UK’s soul and jazz charts. How does this type of success feel and how hard is it to get to the top?
MY: It’s very surreal to receive emails and Instagram/Facebook inbox messages from individuals in Japan, London, Africa, Switzerland ,etc. who appreciate your musical stylings. I remember the first time I appeared in London and performed at the beautiful Cadogan Hall. I received a standing ovation and I cried on stage. I could not believe that a little girl from Gary, Indiana was singing in another country and people liked me! I still get emotional from time to time when thinking about that first experience and am humbled by the love and support from my supporters abroad.
UM: What are a few keys to success in that life has taught you through your journey?
MY: 1) Believe, Believe and Believe again!- Belief and faith in you as cliché-ish as it sounds is imperative to your success. The harsh reality is that everyone is not going to like or appreciate what you do and how you do it. People may give up on you but don’t YOU give up on you.
2) Don’t make money your sole motivation- As an independent artist, I’ve had to fund all of my projects. I worked as a Human Resources Professional during the day and pursued music in the evening for YEARS. I would perform for free but always ensured I paid my band members, background singers,etc, took care of travel expenses. You name it, I financially did it. Sacrificing almost everything for the love of music. You must love what you do and not for what you think it could financially do for you. If you keep pushing and work hard at it, the financial rewards will eventually happen but that can’t be your sole motivation.
UM: What encouraging words can you give our readers who have a big dream but feel fear to pursue it?
MY: I read something once that said and I quote “ If you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L. means “First Attempt In Learning” End is not the end. In fact E.N.D. means “Effort Never Dies”. If you get NO as an answer, remember N.O. means “Next Opportunity”. In essence, Keep going. Keep believing. Keep pushing. Keep fighting for your GOD-given right to be happy in what you do and how you do it. It is never too late to begin again. I say…Go get it!
UM: Where can I readers go to keep up with your latest projects?
MY: They can go to my website which is www.michonyoung.com and social media IG @michonyoungmusic and Twitter @michonmusic