As if being a talented, handsome and charming young performer in metro Atlanta wasn't enough, Gwinnett-based singer Norwood has gone the extra mile to share the rewards of music with youth in our area. Not only has he created a foundation to enhance opportunities in music education and performance, he has also become a spokesman for the Boys and Girls Club's "Text with Respect" campaign this July.
The sweet lulls of this up and coming R&B singer were enough to entice Our Town Magazine to share with the Gwinnett community the journey to fame of this shining star. Meet Norwood - a fellow Gwinnetian with a dream and the unstoppable drive to accomplish it. At just 20 years old, his impressive resume screams talent and heart, a talent that is recognized by some of the best in the music industry. His sweet voice and old soul charm makes him a musician to watch out for in the near future. We guarantee you'll be hearing a lot more about him, not only on OTM but also on your favorite music delivery system.
OTM: Who were your early influences growing up?
Norwood: There are too many to name! If I had to pick a few, Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, and Stevie Wonder were (and still are) big influences for me musically, as were Madonna, Amy Winehouse, and The Beatles.
How did you find out you had a talent for singing?
I've been singing for as long as I can remember, but I discovered that it was my passion when I went to a week-long music summer camp when I was about 10 years old. It was my first time performing for people, and I was hooked! In 2009, I met my manager, Jayne Madigan, at which time I launched my professional career. She has helped me expand as a singer and a performer, and has played a huge part in getting me to were I am today.
What was it like opening up for B.B. King?
Opening for B.B. King was an incredible experience - a true adrenaline rush, especially as an artist who had only started his solo career 6 months before. My band and I performed to a sold out crowd, the audience was amazing, and we got to meet B.B. and take a tour of his bus!
Did the legend (B.B. King) have any advice for you?
He told me to keep following my dreams and to never give up - and I intend to do just that!
What was it like growing up in Gwinnett? What high school did you attend?
I have many fond memories of growing up in Gwinnett. It's a great place to grow up - there is a sense of community that a lot of other places don't have. I was actually home schooled so that I could focus my time on music and performing, which was a good fit for me. And my first show as a professional artist took place in Gwinnett - the Executive Director of the Gwinnett County Visitors Bureau invited me to perform at a private party in her home. Since that time, I've had the pleasure of performing many shows for my fellow Gwinnettians and sincerely appreciate the continued love and support!
What are your goals for the future?
I have so many goals for the future; I don't really know where to begin! I want to be successful in the music industry, make great music, tour the world, make people smile, help those in need...my main goal is to live my life to the fullest, and to help make the world a better place for everyone. However, my immediate goal is to record my next single. My new song was written/produced by well-known Gwinnett-based producer, Brad Cox. Our target release date is June 1st, so please visit www.Norwood-Music.com to take a listen and let me know what you think by leaving a comment on my Guestbook. I'm also excited to announce that I'll be spending most of the Summer in the studio recording in preparation for a tour this Fall - stay tuned for more info coming soon.
Where can we find more information about you and hear your music?
You can visit www.Norwood-Music.com to hear my music, see my show schedule, and connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Reverb Nation etc. I'm pleased to announce that my first single "After the Rain" is now available on iTunes! During the month of June, ALL proceeds will be donated to the "Plant a Billion Campaign". We will plant 1 tree for each download, so please visit www.Norwood-Music.com to purchase your copy today for ONLY 99 cents and help save the environment. NOTE: "After the Rain" is my first single that was released in November 2010 and written/produced by famed LA producer Steve Dorff. Dorff has worked with many national artists such as Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, and Barbra Streisand just to name a few.
What would you advise young artists who have big dreams here in Gwinnett?
Just keep working hard! Network with like-minded people in the business, find a reputable management team that has your best interests at heart, make sure your live performances are memorable, and never give up on your dream!