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

Hi Dri, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
I am currently reading “The ONE Thing” by Gary Keller. It’s a book expressing his opinion on how to gain extraordinary results by focusing on one thing. That one thing varies with each individual but for the most part, we all have the power to focus in and achieve our goals with ease. One of my producers introduced me to this book when I was at a turning point in my career. I had recently released an EP and was contemplating my next move. I was emotionally drained from a loss of a family member and I needed some motivation. This book has taught me that even in your lowest times your willpower can push you through. With your willpower, you can maneuver through your tasks to get you to your goal. One step at a time. Gary states that, “Success is sequential, not simultaneous.” We all want to be successful and we all have the tools to do so. We just have to unlock our unique plan for ourselves and everything will fall into place!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an R&B recording artist and songwriter. I have been recording music for about 11 years now and I am still learning as I go. I think the lessons and the obstacles that we face through our everyday lives sets each person apart from the next. I am nowhere near where I would like to be professionally but my path to where I am now has motivated me to dig deeper and trust my gut more. I have learned that it is better to be present and completely yourself than to be in the background and shy away from what you truly want. The idea or goal wasn’t placed on your heart for no reason and its yours for the taking. I am excited to see what this next chapter will bring me.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well seeing that we are in the midst of a pandemic, the perspective of fun has been redefined. However, if it were a great day to hang out me and my best friend would be hitting Piedmont Park or The Beltline for some fresh air. We’d go grab a drink and tacos at Zocalo or La Fonda. And we’d find a nice spot to relax after the day was done, perhaps Jeju sauna. In the meantime, while Covid-19 is around, we’ll be maxing and relaxing in our backyards until it is over. I hope everyone is staying safe and following health regulations until then.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This Shoutout goes to my grandparents!! They began our family with love and sprinkled hard work and passion into our genes and pushed us to go for whatever wild dream we had. Over the past three years, I lost a grandparent each year. They supported my talents and always had new advice to give me on how to get to my goal. Before my great grandmother passed, she let me know that she was proud of my music and that it reminded her of my great grandfather’s music. I never had the chance to meet him so that made all my hard work, worthwhile. Appreciate the moments that God has granted us with our elders and with those who support and motivate you.

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Dewayne Rogers

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