LaSuria Kandi Allman interviews Entrepreneur Jennifer Carrington
There was a slew of foster children that came in and out of the house that Jennifer really embraced as her own siblings and Jennifer's parents really embraced being foster parents so much so that at one point there were seven children in one house! When Jennie was four her parents made an appointment at St. Christopher's Adoption Agency which is now Little Flower, and that day she met Octavia and Donna who were half sisters. It was as if they'd known each other their entire lives. And so Mr. and Mrs. Carrington started the procedure to adopt the girls.
In 1987 the Carrington family joined the New Hope institutional Baptist Church at 30 Harrison Avenue in Amityville, the girls doing the Little Voices Choir,which was the Children's choir,at the church and this is where Jennifer fell in love with music.In second grade Jennifer joined the chorus and Octavia joined the chorus in her school. Even though Octavia was older than Jen by three years they had the same chorus teacher Mrs Barbara Jordan. Both of the sisters voices and their dedication to music caught her attention and she invited them to join her show chorus outside of school.
Jennifer and Octavia traveled with the chorus and perform alongside the New York Philharmonic. At home Jennifer's parents played everything from Chi-Lites the stylistics the temptations Luther Vandross Barry White Ashford and Simpson Billy Joel Bruce Springsteen William Estefan and so she was influenced by many different genres of music. It was Octavia who introduced her to hip hop KRS One Salt N Pepa Kidas time went on Jennifer moves from a little voices choir into the Young Adult choir and also the Combined Choir at her church.She realized at an early age that she wanted to go into music professionally. Jennifer formed her first girl-group when she was in Jr. High. Envision consisted of Jennifer,her sister Donna,and her best friend Venus Person.
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What was it like growing up in Amityville. ?
We are coming up.
Tell me some things about yourself?
How long have you been a entrepreneur?
What inspired you to become entrepreneur?
I used to be an assistant editor.
Who was the first person you have collaborated it?
Do you think the music has changed from then to now?
How would you categorize your style? Independents never give up on your dream
What if any message do you try to relay to your audience?
Never give up
What would you change about the music industry from an executive stand point?
Switch it up, look for an artist that will stand out.
What do you think attributed to the change from consciousness of the early 80's to the gangster era of today?
Racial profiling, economics
What are your thoughts about the way the artists are representing themselves?
I am all about individuality
Tell me what do you think about the way they are dressing the skirts and blouses? Artist are role models, the kids are watching.
What would you consider to be the big break that will get the artists foot in the door mainstream?
Depends on the artist, and social media
What are your goals for the future?
Community centers, Motivational speaker
Do you have any shows/album/videos releases coming up?
So your fans can follow you what social media sites are you on?
Twitter, fb, Instagram
Are you involved in any social or political groups?
Are you involved in any community programs?
Starting a community center
Are there any challenges that you have dealt with and you have overcame?
Are you interested in making movies?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Above and beyond, stability, Happy
What advice would you give to young men today who are suffering from injustices?
I have a son who I worry about
What advice do you give to aspiring artists who are trying to get into the music industry?
Work hard, network
What keeps you motivated, what drives you?
I know what it is to be without
If you could change your profession what would it be?Chef
What are your thoughts about the legalization of Marijuana?
If you could speak directly to the youth of today about the importance of obtaining a good education what would you say?
Go get that degree
What are your hobbies?
Read, fashion, beauty
I would like to thank you for this very powerful interview. I look forward to future interviews with you. Much Success in all of your endeavors. God bless you.
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