R&B/Soul artist I.Am.Tru.Starr is from a small town and is now living in Las Vegas, chasing the dreams he has as a child.
After going through many of life’s struggles, he clawed his way back up to the other side and is now determined to use his platform to do some good in the world.
I.Am.Tru.Starr’s recent release “Something’s Gotta Change” takes his own self-proclaimed genre of Soul-Hop and his honest, expressive lyrics to craft an otherworldly experience.
I.Am.Tru.Starr’s vocals are smooth and seductive, making the listener feel safe and understood. “Something’s Gotta Change” is proof that you can make something beautiful out of an otherwise unnoticeable upbringing and I.Am.Tru.Starr is determined to show that you should chase your dreams, not run away from them when they seem unachievable. He owns both sides of his story, the good and the bad, and from that comes his truth-telling, passionate music that will go on to inspire people.
I.Am.Tru.Starr creatively adds in a snippet of a speech made by former US President Barack Obama in “Something’s Gotta Change”, on racism and inclusivity. A startling and moving addition to the song, with the still groovy instrumentation flowing along underneath.
“Something’s Gotta Change” brings together R&B beats, Soul melodies, and a touch of I.Am.Tru.Starr’s own creative spark to create a beautiful song that portrays everything he stands for.
Listen to “Something’s Gotta Change” by I.Am.Tru.Starr here.
“Something’s Gotta Change” is an incredible statement to put out in a time of uncertainty. Is this the sort of song you wish you’d listened to growing up? How do you hope it is received by your younger listeners?
In every era, there were always songs that spoke about the problems plaguing society. Because these problems have always been plaguing society. And they still are. So songs like this I grew up listening to. Not to mention My parents were raised in the sixties and ’70s. So my father would ride around in this old Buick he had blasting Sly and the family stone, Marvin Gaye, parliament funkadelic, Earth Wind and Fire, Curtis Mayfield. Man, I could go on and on. So those artists and this type of music have always been a part of my life and musical DNA. That’s why I’ve always strived to make music that resonates with the people and what they are going thru. Because I’m going thru right along with them. We in this fight together. The fight for change and the change begins and ends with us.
What made you decide to include the small script from Barack Obama into “Something’s Gotta Change?" This extra element really made “Something’s Gotta Change” stand out!
Just wanted to remind people of simpler times when we had a president who actually gave af about us.
What is some advice you would give to someone who, like yourself, had doubts about pursuing something they loved? How do you push past those feelings?
Don’t! That’s the only advice I have. If you doubting ya self...stop doing that! Cuz embarrassment fades but regret dies when you do. Everybody so scared to fail or look stupid. You gotta be willing to look stupid for what you want in this life. Because there are people out there that’s willing to die for it. So if you not at least willing to look stupid and risk failure for it then why are you here? So stop doubting ya self and go for it cuz that little embarrassment from failing which is mostly in your head pails in comparison to the feeling of regret you will live with for never going for it. So go for it fam.
Where do you see your music going from here? Do you think your sound will change or evolve in the future?
My music will go as I go. As I grow not only as an artist but as a father, brother, friend. As I grow to be a better more complete version of myself. They say there are a blessing and a curse in everything. Well, I guess the blessing that I can see in all this COVID madness is that a lot of people got the chance to reconnect with the things that matter most. Most importantly themselves. So hopefully they took this time to grow, reflect, and heal. I know I did. And when you do that...the music just follows. So as I grow and evolve, so will it.
What has been keeping you inspired in 2020?
My son, my family, and the people that depend on me. The supporters both new and day 1’s. The homies and the realization that I’m closer to where I want to be than where I used to be. I saw Nipsey say that in an interview and it just hit. RIP Nip.