We had the good fortune of connecting with Floyd Grant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Floyd, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I believe the most important factor behind my success has been my Faith and Trust in God and Hard Work. Because being in the entertainment business and coming across so many opportunities and so many people. It takes listening to his guidance. Not all the time have I listened and ended up in not so good positions. But then God is so good he continued to bless me and elevate me in this business and also in my personal life. He said “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”- Proverbs 3:5–6
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m proud that I stepped out of my comfort zone in 2010 and made a move that forever changed the status of my artistry. Entering my song “Give it to me” into the LL Cool J music competition as an Unknown and winning the contest and becoming known was incredible. It allowed me the opportunity to gain more exposer and opportunities across the US and also United Kingdom.
It wasn’t easy because I didn’t have a team and the friends and people around wasn’t as supportive in my move to become a solo artist. I worked very hard alone in the beginning, but i was determined to be successful even if it meant that I had to show up to showcases without a team while others had a full team around them. I pride myself always being a individual who never allowed the actions of others stop me from achieving the things which I set out to do.
I overcame my challenges by being successful, I didn’t waste time on what wasn’t happening or with whom it wasn’t happening with. I just kept moving. As a result of continuously moving, TV appearances happened, Bookings, phone would not stop ringing, Music Awards and Accolades and more.
Lessons that I learned is to NEVER give up on you no matter who decides to give up on you. Always stay DETERMINED to win regardless and to never lean to your own understanding when you are confused. Trust GOD.
I want people to know that I appreciate everyone who has ever had anything to do with my career and my success. All of my Fans and Supporters I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I definitely Love Kats Cafe and Calibar and Grill for music spots and great food. Definitely hitting up the Aquarium downtown. Some Roof Top Restaurants downtown. I also love Polaris Restaurant that spins around while you enjoy great food and great scenery.
We gotta hit up the movies in Phipps plaza where the seats let back.
I love to skate so we gonna hit that up on that Friday or Saturday you know what I mean lol
Baseball – Braves and Stripers Games
Soccer Game too – Atlanta United
Its so many things I can name itll be an entire book. lol
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
-I want to give a S/O to my Mother who saw my gift and begin to practice and made me focus on it and perfect it. -I want to give a S/O to Pastor Kirk, Robert Rencher, and Many other men who mentored me, and kept me in the word of God and out of the streets.
-I want to give a S/O to Wayne Patterson – Director and President of Department of Transportation and to Commissioner Virginia Burton Gray who took me under their wings and showed me what was possible if I put my mind to it.
-I want to Give a S/O to Cairo Qween a woman who when I needed a team in the early part of my career, she came abord and did not ask for money but saw my drive and got behind and help me network and became my booking agent thank you.
-Special S/O to Darren Leslie, who was the first to ever give me a chance to sing live in a band and taught me how to entertain in an live space.
-I want to give special thanks to LeNora Jaye for your musical support and showing me how to sing live in a band
-Last but certainly not least Id like to give a special S/O to Jason “Da Public’s Eye” #WorkGrindHuslte for believing in me and being apart of my brand helping me as a Business Man and coming out of my comfort zone as a person and as an Entertainer. He taught me how to be fearless and to own my Gift that God gave me and never worry about the Nay sayers always focus on what matters and thats the Gift.
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