King Lamon: Part 2
This month, I got to sit down and talk to one of my favorite people and one of music’s newest voices, King Lamon! Check out our conversation below!
How do you handle being a teacher and an artist?
I don’t. God does it. If I tried to do it on my own I would be stressed out and would probably quit one of them,most likely teaching. God is a sustainer and He gives me strength through it all. I just have to pace myself and balance my time. God and I have to sit down and create a schedule; this day I’m going to do music and this day I’m going to do some things work-related. I teach every day, but I have to find the time to practice my gifts. I’m in school too, so it’s nothing but God. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I’m the type of person that knows that if something has to be done, I’m not going to quit.
Describe your artistry in three words.
Passionate. Artistic. Creative.
What is one thing that has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge has been accepting my voice. My voice is so different and it’s one that people wouldn’t expect from a male. I used to get teased in school for sounding like a girl. I’ve come to the realization that if God gave it to me that way, it’s for a good purpose. I have to work and love what He gave me. It was His first and He gave it to me as a gift. He’s not an Indian giver and He’s not going to take it back, so I have to cherish it.
When did you know that you wanted to take your artistry seriously?
In high school, I was exposed to different genres of music. I went to an arts school, so I was in a creative environment which allowed us to be free in ourselves and in the gifts that we had. We would sing in the hallways and perform in musicals. There were a couple of moments where I found myself saying, “Okay, I really want to do this”. At that point I just saw it as I can sing, but by the age of 21-22, I saw it as “Okay, God is calling me to do this to be a voice for people of all ages”.
So why now? Why is now the time to branch out and pursue your dream?
Because our generation is on the verge of something special with God. God has called a lot of us that are hidden to the forefront, and it really just worked out that way. God told me to go now. It’s so much happening in the world and millennials are struggling. The devil is using tactics to attack millennials the hardest. I want to be a voice for people who may not have the best relationship with God to let them know that it’s going to be okay and everything will get better.
Where do you see King Lamon in 5 years?
He will be a world-traveler spreading the gospel in His own way, the way God would have him to do it.
So, what is the distinct difference between Derrick Aikens and King Lamon?
It’s all one person, but different aspects. Derrick Aikens is the Praise and Worship leader, while King Lamon is the artist.
Do you have any advice for anybody who is working a day job while trying to pursue their dreams?
Save your money! Invest in yourself. Trust God to provide for you. Don’t try to do it on your own because God will do it; I’ve experienced it firsthand. He’ll never leave us or forsake us.