Joonie:Honestly, growing up I was one of the few people who didn’t have a solid role model outside of my mother. However, my musical influences were D’angelo, Lauryn Hill and Nat King Cole. Aside from those 3 artists, you’d catch me listening to Jill Scott, John Mayor and even some Drake from time to time.
BS: What advice can you give to aspiring songwriters? How can they better master this niche?
Joonie:Don’t settle for mediocre lyrics for the sake of finishing a song. Also, the way you get better at writing is to just do it. The more you practice it, the more creative and clever you’ll get with your approach to writing.
BS: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve faced as an artist? How have you overcome them?
Joonie:The biggest obstacle I’ve faced was getting heard. I overcame that by being persistent and also linking up with people who believed in my vision and were willing to help push for my cause for the sake of great music. S/O to Hit Club Entertainment!
BS: R&B is said to be a dying genre. Do you believe this is so?
Joonie:I don’t believe R&B’s a dying genre. I’d like to hear more genuine R&B on mainstream radio and TV today but there are lots of great artists out there… you just have to find them. That will change.. I have faith in the passion of the people.
BS: What is the most memorable and rewarding experience you’ve experienced within the music industry?
Joonie:Such a hard question to answer because there are so many, but one that stands out today would be the release of my 1st album “Acoustic Love”. I had no idea I’d get the response I received from the media and more importantly my fan. Out of all the places I’ve been and experiences I’ve had, touching peoples lives with my music has got to be the most rewarding.
BS: Why do you believe it is important for artists to “stand their ground” and not be conformed to the pressures of the media?
Joonie:This is extremely important because if we don’t stand our ground the question about R&B or any genre of music dying becomes real. Some of the best songs are songs that never see the light of day on a radio station. If we start to make music solely for radio in this day and age, we lose the heartbeat of music.
BS: What future projects should we look forward to?
Joonie:Acoustic Love the album part 2 will be released sometime early 2012. Its the re-release of the classic album but I’ve added a few new songs and included a fan favorite song entitled “Sunshine”. Lots of things planned this year so keep up with me on all of my social sites to stay connected.