DERRICK Interview with Canadian Singer-Songwriter Cory M. Coons

October 3, 2019

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Cory M. Coons who released the melodic/roots-rock album “The Long Road Home” in 2018, produced by multi-platinum veteran music producer Ron Nevison, (Heart, Bad Company, Damn Yankees, Survivor, Styx, Night Ranger), along with additional stellar guitar work by musical cohort and engineer Marc D. Muir. The album is currently nominated for “Male Album Of The Year” at one of the biggest Independent Award Shows in North America, the 2019 “Josie Music Awards.”

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is pretty simple… To maintain a solid balance between my life with my loving family and my music, with an abundance of true happiness surrounded by good friends and great people. Hopefully I can continue to reach as many people as possible with my songs and music that will sustain the changing landscape, and resonate in a positive way with those who listen or become fans.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I have my High School Diploma, and I have attended Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. I feel I have gained a lot of experience in my musical career and personally, mostly through life experiences, and getting out there and doing it. Being hands on with getting in front of people and being as honest as I can with what I do.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that make you unique or stand out?

I think you have to be up on as many aspects of what you do as possible… So being an Artist and Musician isn’t always just about the music. You need to learn the tools of many different areas, not just the creative aspects. Sometimes the business element of things needs to be attended to as well. I think I have gained a better perspective and balance, and have responded pretty well to the different facets of life in music. 🙂

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I think most of us are born ready to do what we want to follow in life… Then once we learn how to utilize the tools we are given, we can make the most of our God given talents.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

Michael Stover of MTS Management Group, with all the great work he does for Independent Artists.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

The loss of both of my parents in my life has been a challenge for me. But thankfully the love and support of my wife and daughter, and my music over the the past few years has helped me immensely.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Surround yourself with the right people, a great team of individuals and true friends!

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

Stay true to yourself and in what you do in whatever course you follow, and things will work out for the better. 🙂

For more information on Cory M. Coons please go to the following:

Website: www.corymcoons.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cmc.music/
www.twitter.com/corymcoons1

YoutTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D91v5RmGZ0U

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DERRICK Hayes Interview with Music Mogul Preston “Prizzie” Reid

December 15, 2015

priz shot 2Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Preston ‘Prizzie” Reid who is an American mixing/recording engineer and record producer based in Chicago, Illinois, Atlanta, Georgia and Los Angeles, California. As a native of Chicago, Prizzie was born the son of a musician and was introduced to music as well as electronics at a very young age. Preston spent his teenage years developing his skillset, soon partnering with Space Jam Jaye as a collaborative duo. Shortly after attending Columbia College Chicago, Prizzie set sights for the music scene in Los Angeles where he quickly gained a name for himself not only in music, but in film audio and scoring as well under CannonVision among many other film production companies. Since then he has been primarily working out of his private studio in Chicago along with remote studios throughout Atlanta where he has mixed and/or produced records for Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, and several other genres for artists including Space Jam Jaye, T.I, Energe, Fetty Wap, Scotty ATL, Duru Tha King, Mykko Montana, Cam’ron, Cash Out, Gorilla Zoe, Ab Soul, Stuey Rock, Gucci Mane, Jerm 9V, Slide Dillinger, Zeus, Tim Stacks (W), 2 Chainz, Cap 1, Ronn Makk, Breezy Montana, Yo Gotti, GBE, various film credits and many other very talented artists and producers along with a variety of film credits.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is simple. Inspire. That’s what helped me get to where i am so far. And what propels me to keep reaching. I think people can achieve great things as long as we keep the fire burning and inspiring each other.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

Well, as far as music goes….I attended Columbia College in Chicago, IL. But as far as where I’ve actually developed, it’s a little tricky. I grew up heavily rooted in church. I mean every Sunday (and Wednesday). So as far as watching what music can do to people and how it can move people emotionally…that’s where i learned it. As far as having the “ear”, I think it was genetically passed down by my father who is a lifelong musician and exposed me to a ton of music early on in life. But as far as overall creativity, I think life and living through different experiences is the best teacher.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I think the fact that i was exposed to so many diverse situations throughout my childhood, naturally makes me versatile and adaptable. My favorite music ranges from modern hip-hop to Zedd to Ingrid Michaelson to The Fray to Hoobastank to Earth Wind & Fire to Jim Morrison to Frank Sinatra. I can’t get enough of music. I love it all.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

Honestly, i don’t know if i was ever ready. I think it’s more so a matter of being ready to embrace whatever you are faced with and having an optimistic attitude.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

Sounds crazy, but my Uncle Josef Cannon. He’s an actor living out in LA. He’s one of the craziest and most brutally honest people i know. But i think when you can get past his blunt approach, you’ll realize that there’s a method to his madness.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

Where do i start?? Everyday is a challenge. I think what a lot of people may not realize is that following a dream can be an extremely lonely path at times. It’s like GPS’ing a location and realizing the only way to get there from where you are at is through a long dark dusty back road. To make it even more tough, sometimes the weather may be bad and you can’t see what’s in front of you nor do you have anyone else’s taillights to guide you. But you know that you just need to keep going. You know you’ll get there as long as you don’t stop.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

I think to me at this point, the biggest key is to lead by example. Be brave and bold in what you want to do. I admire people like Ken Lewis, Miles Walker, Leslie Braithwate (i probably spelled that wrong) etc. I admire them not only for their skill set and ability, but more so for their mind and hustle. i’ve learned more from these people when in comes to taking care of business and doing good work. That you are a walking product and brand. At this point, almost EVERYBODY is good at what they do. We all have the same resources. I think what ultimately sets them apart is their sense of maniacal work ethic and professionalism.

Visit Preston Prizzie Reid for more information.


The DAILY Message for Wednesday July 1st, 2014

July 1, 2015

“You sing but you’re a better SONGWRITER (Seek Out New Growth With Resources Inside That Expand your Rhythm).”

SONGWRITER

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DERRICK Interview with International Singer and Songwriter Liryks

May 25, 2015

LiryksEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Liryks, a singer and songwriter who was born in Israel and has the bilingual gift to be able to speak and sing in English and Hebrew. Early on, she developed a passion for music and she began writing poems at the age of 9. As a teenager she did some modeling and attended acting classes.

While clearly gifted as an artist, Liryks was also bright academically, and she wanted to explore this path and widen her perspectives. She attended TA University Law Faculty and graduated summa cum laude.

Liryks produced several music shows formats for a European TV channel, and this experience encouraged her to focus on her music career and to produce her first album as a singer-songwriter. This album is an expression of the musical styles and vibes she absorbed in her voyages around the world combined with her original style and her exceptional mastery of the written word. All the album songs were written and composed by Liryks.

The first single, IN THE BEGINNING, gives a new meaning to ancient words, and creates a rare combination between a modern bit and the language of the Bible. This single is the product of a great poetic sensitivity, a clear vision on life, a unique voice and a cool and accurate musical production.”

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is to live a meaningful life, full of love, creativity and awareness; I wish to sparkle as a unique singer-songwriter and to keep on developing my great career. I wish that my art and my songs will reach many more people around the world, touch their lives, influence, empower and inspire them. I want my art to bring love, spread joy, encourage self-reflection and offer comfort.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I mix my natural talents with my vast educational background. I love exploring new fields and learn new things. I never stop learning.

Besides being a musician and an artist, I went to university and got my degree. University education has given me the opportunity to think differently, to have a broader perspective. It also gave me practical tools to provide myself, to read the “small letters” and to manage the “business aspects” of being the chief producer/the one in charge of my career as a singer-songwriter and my own brand “Liryks”.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

The resources that make me unique and stand out as a singer-songwriter are: Being creative, original, independent, cool and courageous in my way – in my art. I have a great belief and I am very sharp. I can be a pixie, pose for the camera, get serious, be funny, or sing electronic blues, but I’m always me.

Above all: I really do enjoy creating; I love the lyrics, the sounds and the music. I have my own deep truth to share, and I am sharing it in my own words, with my own voice and in my own original way.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I’ve always knew I was talented, I’ve always created, I ‘ve always knew I can reach the stars, but I’ve always done other things in other fields, that I was very good at. When I was ready to commit myself and focus on what is really important to me, it all summed up to becoming a singer-songwriter: my poems, my voice, my sense of style, my love.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

I have a few names in mind, but taking into account the context of this interview, I name: Viktor Emil Frankl, M.D., Ph.D. a neurologist, and psychiatrist who wrote the world-famous book entitled “Man’s Search for Meaning“. He believed that life never ceases to have meaning, even in suffering and death, life has potential meaning and that, therefore, even suffering is meaningful. Frankl believed that the meaning of life is found in every moment of living and that people are primarily driven by a striving to find meaning in one’s life.

I think his life story is inspiring and teaches us of the strength of the human spirit, and the importance of finding a meaning in our life.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

One of the hardest challenges I have to overcome is: forgetting! I always have to remind myself as a singer – songwriter,(and we all have to remind ourselves as human beings): TO BE TRUE TO MY OWN NATURE; TO FOLLOW MY INNER TRUTH.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

If you are ready to be reborn every day, you learn new things all the time. Believe, be creative, dare and stay natural.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

My name is Liryks, I am a singer –songwriter, my music is aimed  to inspire others, and I am glad people feel it. I am dedicating this paragraph to thank all you people that listened, came, participate, shared and sent me great comments and touching e-mails.

Remember: You don’t have to have a reason for loving. LOVE! You don’t have to have a reason for believing – BELIEVE! Thank you for loving and believing.

Visit Liryks for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Worship Leader Rayna Brown

January 23, 2013

raynaEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Rayna Brown who is an anointed, energetic praise filled woman who believes “worship is what she was created to do”.  She is a worship leader, songwriter, vocal coach, speaker, directress and up and coming author born and raised in Long Island, New York.  Rayna recently released her Debut single “Stand in Worship”.

 D is for Dream. What is your dream and what have you achieved?

My Dream is to see nations united in Christ through His love!  I want to see hearts connecting back to God!  I want to see healing and deliverance to every nation and I believe God has gifted me to be a soldier in the army that is rising up to build the Kingdom!

 E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I’m always encouraged when I see hearts connecting to God.  When healing and deliverance is taking place is when I’m most encouraged.  I am also encouraged by worship and the Word of God.  Whenever I feel the need to replenish, my worship and His word are always a sure turn around for my thoughts and feelings.

 R is for Resource.What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

The number one resource I have is the anointing that equips me to do whatever God needs me to do at any given time.  I can do nothing on my own and have to completely depend on the anointing to lead me and show me what the people need at that very moment.  I also have determination and passion!  Those two elements together attract people with like hearts and minds which enable us to come together as one unit to accomplish the mission of RBM which is to connect people to the heart of God!

 R is for Ready? When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I realized I was ready when I got tired!  When I was tired of leading, tired of singing, tired of praying, tired of fasting, tired of wondering, just plain tired.  When I arrived at the point of wanting to give up was when I realized that all of me had to be broken so that God could use me and most importantly, trust me to do what He purposed me to do.  It was at that time that God released a fresh anointing, opened doors and gave me strategy and help to do what He commissioned me to do.

 I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

Well, I would say King James I.  Yes, I know that’s odd but hear me out.  I choose King James because I believe he is a great example of how God uses anyone He chooses. It isn’t about us being perfect people.  King James printed the first English bible which bore his name King James Bible of 1611 A.D.  He is a true example of Christ’s grace and mercy because if people were to look at the life of King James they would see that he was not a perfect person and quite controversial.  Some would say he wasn’t even a good man but I point out the fact that God still used him as an instrument to bring us what we use as our lifeline today – the Holy Bible.  Without the word of God, where would we be?  If God would use someone like King James to do something as important as bring us an English Bible, we have to believe that His grace and mercy toward us is the same!

 C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

Christ first, my husband and then my supportive friends and family.  I know that my anointing to worship, write and lead are not for my own benefit so that is what keeps me going.  I have learned to trust God and have faith in His promise to equip me to do what He has called me to do.  I look at how Christ didn’t give up on His way to the cross and just press forward knowing that lives are connected to my press! There is a charge and call on my life and God will give me all I need to walk in it.  He has also given me a husband and supportive friends and family that have been gifted to encourage me when I need it most.

 K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Time spent with God and His Word, Humility and Unity.  Doing what I do, leading worship and ministry, we cannot take people anywhere that we have not been.  So the first thing is spending time with God and the Word.  We must spend time with Him in private in order to be effective in Public.  In order to connect to people to God’s heart, I have to know the way there!  Secondly, there must be humility.  What we do is for no glory of our own but for God and for His people.  If we ever think it is about us and become a distraction, God will gladly move us out of the way.  Lastly, everyone needs someone to do anything.  Without unity and working together there will be division and a house divided against itself will not stand.  You must function under one vision and one mind.

Visit Rayna Brown for more information.


DERRICK Interview with International Speaker Rebecca Morgan

October 30, 2012

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview  is with Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC, who  is a high-achiever, bestselling author, trusted adviser to executives, international consultant, seminar leader that has has been featured in/on: 60 Minutes, Oprah, USA Today and NPR. Each week Rebecca sends out the SpeakerNet News to over 9,000 subscribers.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is that Books For Treats will encourage people to give books to children instead of candy for Halloween. Books For Treats is now all over North America and my dream is to have every community have a Books For Treats event in their community every Halloween. In my local community of San Jose we are doing two events this year and our goal is give out 8,000 books.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Positive feedback from others and positive acknowledgement about my work, seeing the light come on when I do something that pleases them.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I think perseverance and plodding forward even when it seems like nothing else is happening. When you keep progressing and then you get calls up from Oprah it is something that makes you say “wow, if I had not kept moving good things would not have happened.”

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I don’t know if I ever realized that I was ready. When I started speaking I was 24 and I was paid for my first talk.  Then a few years later a publisher asked me to write a book. Things happen and you say yes to them.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

1. Jana Stanfield. Jana is a Grammy Award-winning musical artist who helps heal the world by taking others on trips to help others — to Volun-Tour.  Volun-tourism is the most fun form of enlightenment you will ever experience.

2. Scott Friedman. Scott is a past NSA (National Speakers Association) president and international speaker who in April 2005 brought the first Global Speakers Summit to Singapore. Three hundred international speakers and meetings professionals from 20 countries attended this event.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

You look at your options and say, “I could be depressed and stay in bed or force myself to throw back the covers and go make something happen.” I look at my options and see which one is going to get me where I want to go.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Persistence and believing in what you do.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

Early in my career I had a mentor who said, “When something comes into your life that will be to your betterment, say yes to it immediately.” Something magically happens when you say yes to good things.

Visit Rebecca Morgan for more information