Underground Interview With SirRah Good Shepp
Born in Washington, DC, SirRah grew up during an era when music was employed in the nullification of violence and war and when Hip Hop surged upon the music industry. At the age of ten he discovered his passion for music.
He explored the music world by playing trumpet in his school band.
SirRah's motivation for his music and lyrics come from the influence of great minds such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Jesse Jackson and many other outspoken political figures. Musically he is influenced by the great talents of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, KRS 1 and Run DMC. Fans describe his music by saying that "His voice and the sound he shares with us are uplifting and inspirational." SirRah only writes music that he feels will make a difference in this ever changing world we live in.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Gospel, some inspirational. I am uplifting and directional. Ultimately I want to touch people with my music.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
SirRah is my last name spelled backwards. The name SirRah allows me to explore as an artist and connect with God.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
My main influence was my mother. She was a singer and constantly sang around the house. She and my dad listened to many genres of music, the blues, jazz, gospel, country, and hip-hop.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I am currently working on a few projects, I don't want to let the cat out of the bag.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Push myself as far as I can, through all sorts of adversities. I want to be of service to people in a God fearing way.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Right now I don't have any favorites as I haven't had the opportunity to perform live in over a year.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Moving forward and trying to solidify the pieces needed to grow on a national scale. There are a lot of peoples you need, promoters, management, distribution, all things that you have to have to make it work.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
That's a very personal process for me.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
It has made me grow, and it has opened a lot of peoples eyes to me. I have faced a lot of peoples' feelings and had to learn to be patient and stay focused in the midst of it and maintain my connection to God.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
I love listening to music, but I'm not much of a follower of any one person. I tend to relax to music more lately.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I've always made music, since the beginning, whether it was beating on tables, whatever. Everyone has a gift. They may not tap into what it really is right away, but He gifts us all.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Believe in God first, and believe in yourself. When Peter was led across the water by Jesus, he could have made it if he didn't falter in his belief.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would change how artists are seen, make access to being heard easier. It's always been a dream of mine to make it easier for the artist to just be heard by people without all the bureaucracy of the music industry.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
If you're not being original, you're not being yourself. Even if its just your take on a song. Comedians can embody the people they impersonate when they tap into their own gift.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I serve one master. I used to try to be the party guy, I'm not that guy anymore.