Stay Prepared For The Action

Stay prepared for the action, never know when it’s time to go back in!

As promised, I’m maintaining that consistency and coming back with new music. This new release, “Back In”, is about bouncing back, learning from the temporary setbacks and rising higher than before.

You can listen to it here.

What happens when you squeeze an orange?

What happens when you squeeze an orange? It’s contents come out. Regardless of how you squeeze it, the content remains the same. The amount may change depending on the pressure, but the content does not change. For me, personal development is about improving the content or the ‘juice’ that can be found inside. It has often been said that money, power and fame reveal more of who a person is, so it’s not about waiting for more money or being in a higher position of power to make a change, it’s about starting now and developing your character.
 
This is not to say that our best efforts will be the same each day. There will be some days where we are tired or going through a difficult patch, there will be times when we make misjudgements, none of us are perfect. However, with each moment and challenge, there is an opportunity that provides us with an equivalent benefit. 

We all have a response ability. Many times our responses are habitual and so it is our responsibility to improve the contents and choose better habits. If the content remains the same, little will change.  

The Marathon Continues

After returning from my 6 year hiatus to release the Hidden EP, the marathon continues with Run Down, my first single of 2021 and a return to my grime roots.

Last year, Hidden exceeded my expectations and led to BBC Introducing in Beds, Herts and Bucks recognising me as a Future Name! I’m really excited to share more music with you this year and vow to not disappear for 6 years in the near future!

You can hear Run Down here. If you’re feeling it, feel free to run it up! 🙂

The I Am Christopha Podcast Returns!

Happy New Year and a warm welcome to 2021! 

I am very excited to bring to you the second season of the I Am Christopha podcast! A series of short bi-weekly podcasts for Relentless Dreamers.

These podcast episodes are audio versions of my blog posts and provide an easy way for you to access the content on multiple platforms. 

It has been nearly a year since the last episode, so I am really looking forward to creating these again. I hope they provide you with some ideas and food for thought while you embark on your journey.

You can listen to the first episode of season 2 entitled ‘Empty Your Cup’ here.  It is also available on all of the major podcast platforms.

My Top 20 Reads and Album of 2020

The ‘unprecedented’ year of 2020 will soon come to a close. As we approach the end of this crazy year, I would like to share with you some of the books that have had the biggest impact on me. This list is not written in any specific order and if you have any questions about the books or have any recommendations for me, please give me a shout. You can also check out my book recommendation list here. 

Before we get to the books, my favourite album of this year was by the talented Ego Ella May. I have been a big fan of Ego Ella May’s music for a while now and was so happy to hear that she was releasing her debut album this year. The album entitled, Honey For Wounds, did not disappoint at all. It delivered in every way that I expected and provided so much more. Ego Ella May is such a fantastic writer that pushes beyond the norm, both musically and conceptually. She recently won the Best Jazz Album at the MOBO Awards and in my eyes the album is an absolute treasure. If you haven’t heard it, I would definitely recommend. 

Now, without further ado, my top 20 reads for 2020 are…..

  • JAY-Z: Made in America – Michael Eric Dyson
  • Becoming – Michelle Obama
  • Shoe Dog – Phil Knight
  • Winners Dream – Bill McDermott
  • Range – David Epstein
  • How Europe Underdeveloped Africa – Walter Rodney
  • The Destruction of Black Civilisation – Chancellor Williams
  • Black and British – David Olusoga
  • The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
  • Stamped From The Beginning – Ibram X. Kendi
  • Elon Musk – Ashlee Vance
  • No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference – Greta Thunberg
  • Alibaba – Duncan Clark
  • How Google Works – Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
  • AI Superpowers – Kai-Fu Lee
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X  – Alex Hayley
  • Caste – Isabel Wilkerson
  • My Life in Red and White – Arsene Wenger
  • Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde
  • Black Against Empire – Joshua Bloom

Honourable Mentions

There are so many other books that I would like to include and if I went through the list with a fine tooth-comb, it is possible that I would replace some of them with the following.  

  • Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus – John Gray
  • How To Be An Anti-Racist – Ibram X. Kendi
  • Culture and Imperialism – Edward W.Said
  • The Establishment – Owen Jones
  • Me and White Supremacy – Layla F Saad
  • The Color of Money – Mehrsa Baradaran
  • Superior: The return of race science – Angela Saini
  • Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes
  • The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – Bonnie Ware
  • Be Obsessed or Be Average – Grant Cardone

I wish you a very Happy New Year and whether you had a good year in 2020 or not, I hope 2021 is an even better year for you.

My first EP in 6 years has arrived!

The Hidden EP is finally here! It has been a long time coming, 6 years in fact, and I am so grateful for all of your support.

It feels really vulnerable releasing this project. One, because it has been such a long time and two, because I had to fight a lot of doubt. Comparing can kill action, I was listening to other people’s songs and began feeling like some of mine weren’t polished enough. In the end, I just decided to put it all out.

As I said in a recent Instagram post, we are all works in progress. Rather than giving up before trying, it’s important to start where you are and build from there. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Every professional started as an amateur. So here I am practicing in public and sharing my heART.

I’m also excited to say that I did an interview with BBC Music Introducing in Beds, Herts and Bucks yesterday. We talked about the EP, where I’ve been all this time and much more. If you want to hear it, listen in from 18 minutes 🙂

Happy Hidden EP day! I hope you enjoy it!

Misfit Out Now, Upcoming EP & BBC Music Introducing

The second single from my upcoming EP is here! This one is called Misfit and you can listen to it here. I hope you enjoy it and if you do, please share the love!

For one reason or another, I have always felt like an outcast. Whether that is because of being an introvert, the nerd, the untypical rapper, the vegan, the only black person in the room etc etc the list really does goes on and on.

This song captured my feelings perfectly and I hope those who feel like a misfit in any way, can resonate and learn to embrace and celebrate their difference. If we were all the same, the world would be a boring place!

On a separate, but related note, I wanted to let you know that the EP will be coming super duper soon! If you peek around the corner you might just see it 😉

Furthermore, I am happy to say that a song from the EP called ‘Needs’, has been played twice on BBC Music Introducing in Beds, Herts and Bucks!! The first play was a couple of weeks ago. If you want a sneak peek, you can listen to it from 49.10. The second play was yesterday as part of a special Black History Month show. Listen in from 56.10 to hear it.

I can’t wait to share all the new music with you, but for now, don’t forget to check out the second single! 🙂

Day by Day, I Keep Getting Older

So today is a momentous day, today is the day that I am a day older!! Woohoo! In all seriousness, today is the release of my first single from the upcoming EP!

The song is entitled Day by Day and it’s actually the first single that I have ever officially released. You can listen to it here.

Day by Day is a statement to say that I may be getting older, but I am getting better with time. Furthermore, I will not let my age get in the way of doing what I love and sharing it with the world.

I’m constantly learning to celebrate the journey and embrace the ups and downs. Time clearly waits for no one. It’s never too late to be the best version of yourself and be a force for positive change.

I hope you enjoy the song and if you do, please share it and let me know what you think.

Announcement: I’ve got an EP on the way!!

I am very excited to announce that I have an EP on the way!! This will be my first official release as Christopha Gordon (my real name) and my first official release since ‘The Graduate EP‘, which came out 6 years ago! I know, time flies right.

The EP is entitled ‘Hidden’ and there are various reasons for giving it that name.  For those of you that have been supporting for a while, you will know that I made a decision to put my music career on the side a few years ago. I was at a crossroads and was trying to figure out what I wanted to achieve as a musician.

Furthermore, other priorities took over. I had a newborn on the way and I had also started a new job. My focus was on ensuring that I was providing for my family and preparing for this transition in the best way that I could.

With a need to provide, music never appeared to be the answer to my immediate financial goals and I didn’t want to put that much pressure on my art. Therefore, I took a step back and continued to write, while occasionally putting music out.

A few years have passed since then, the ship has been steadied and I feel it is the right time to start releasing music again.

I hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am and a big thank you for sticking with me this far.

The #HiddenEP is coming soon! Let’s join together and make some noise for the people at the back 🙂

 

Win the day

In these unprecedented times, a message that strikes a chord with me is to win the day. As a self confessed home body, being at home for long stretches of time is nothing new to me. However, I am well aware of how easy it is to fall prey to unhelpful habits that drain rather than energise you.

Now, more than ever, it is important to feed your mind, body and your spirit. It is the only way to take the day by the horns and turn this very difficult time into an opportunity.

Read those books you have always wanted to read, do that exercise program that you have always wanted to do, spend time learning a language or how to code, work on that side hustle etc etc. Use the extra free time and turn it into opportunity time. Come out of this stronger than you did before.

“A plan relieves you of the torment of choice” – Saul Bellow

Do not lose your structure. If you want to get bored quickly, sit around and fall in to ‘leisurely’ habits. You will soon be climbing up the wall. Create a plan of how are you going to spend each day and execute. Make time for the things that you really enjoy doing. Look back at each day and win it.

Carpe Diem.