We had the good fortune of connecting with John Morris Aka J.Morris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I first started Last Supper Club, my primary thought was, “How can I make sure everybody eats?” I mean that literally and figuratively. I wanted to create a platform for musicians, myself included, that would foster inspiration, creation, and allow for networking and consulting. The idea was and continues to be one of financial sustainability through the arts, particularly with music.
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others. What are you most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way, what do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My art is the human experience personified via music. It speaks of the joy and hope associated with embracing a brand new day, yet echoes the pain of being in the same familiar spot as yesterday. Simply put, my music narrates the times we live in, in a raw, eclectic, introspective fashion. What sets me apart from others is my creative vulnerability. I put it all in the music. I tackle taboo topics tastefully, hoping to open the doors of discussion and expression for my listeners. In life, I am most proud of my resilience, choosing not to give up when it seemed like a viable and sensible option. In my career, I am most proud of having the lead single “Black is Beautiful” amongst other songs that teach Black history in the BH 365 curriculum. Educating our children on Black history in public and private schools through song is a dream come true! With people like Cathy Hughes, Andrew Young, Benjamin Crump, Smokey Robinson, accompanied by many more prestigious individuals being on the BH 365 Advisory Board, I know without a doubt that this is the most culturally significant work I’ve been blessed to be a part of. My music career has been a long, arduous journey in which nothing has been easy or just handed to me. I have come to be where I am today by Faith, hard work, persistence, and loyalty. Helping others build their dreams has helped put me in positions to bring my dreams to fruition. God is gracious. I’ve learned many lessons along the way, one of the most important of all is to not allow awkward silence or external expectation to bully you into speaking erratically. It’s okay to be quiet. What I want everyone to know about me is that no matter what height of achievement I am graced to reach, I am just as human as they are. How I see it is, when I win, everybody wins. Ultimately, I want to be a conduit to many goals and dreams manifested.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many great choices! Pre-Covid-19, going to see the Hawks, Braves, Atlanta United or Falcons play would have definitely been high on the list of things to do. Currently, I’d have to take them to the Plant Based Pizzeria, Tassili’ Raw Reality Cafe’, Bonez & Gristle’s, Poor Calvin’s, Crooked Tree Cafe, Esobar Resturant & Tapas, R C’s Southern Cooking, Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks, Tripple Jays Pizza, and Sweet Auburn BBQ to secure sure fire deliciousness! Most of my friends are creatives, so setting up a music session and jamming out, or going to see the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, or catch a show at Apache xlr can scratch the artsy itch. Also, calling up the homies for an epic laser tag battle could definitely be in the mix!
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?
In the words of John Paul Dejoria “ Success unshared is failure”. I believe that whole-heartedly and so does my big brother and business Mentor, Dr. Kevin “Khao” Cates, Multi-platinum, Grammy Nominated Music Producer, Founder of Bridge DA Gap Movement, Inc., & Founder of Koolriculum Inc. Khao’s life mantra comes from his late father Michael G Cates, “Don’t just be successful. Be significant.” That bold statement has challenged me to push beyond tunnel-visions of different societal definitions of success, and gives me the fire, drive, and confidence to be successfully and significantly myself. Although we do not share the same birth parents, family first is our dynamic and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our business relationship is stronger than ever, and our Brotherhood is authentic; he is true family. When I think of “K,” I’m reminded of Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” We have certainly been through our share of adversity and have been blessed to experience some amazing victories. I believe our biggest wins are certainly ahead of us!
Douglas Whatley @thewhatley James Brabham @iamjbrab