by Kinya Myrie (formally ‘Young’)
How many times have you actually looked at something or someone in life and immediately passed judgment? Well, we all have done it. Last week, I watched the vocal reality show, “The Voice” on television and I decided that it would be cool to act as if I were a judge. So I turned around in my chair and listened to the contestant that was singing on stage. I can’t remember his name but I do remember he was singing a country song and he had an awesome voice. Before I turned my chair around to see who was singing, I immediately had a vision of what he could look like. I pictured an old Caucasian man with a long beard. When I turned my chair around, I was in complete shock! Pause for a second and think about it…. What do you think the singer looked like???? Did you guess that he was a young African American man with no beard? If so you were right! How many times do we think as artist that no one wants to hear your music or everyone’s doing this so I may as well quit! I’m sure you’ve thought about it. That’s why you can’t judge your OWN book by its cover! Just because you may look a certain way or don’t think you fit the mold that the industry may be looking for, you shouldn’t give up or pass judgment on yourself!
You should be proud and build upon the talents and gifts that God has given you! Psalm 139:14 proclaims that you are fearfully and wonderfully made! All books are not the same and in this industry we need a new cover and new chapters to read!
Proverbs 18:16 says-A person’s gift opens doors for him, bringing him access to important people. So don’t be afraid to share your gift with others regardless to what picture they may paint on the cover!
Kinya Myrie is a vocal instructor with viaj entertainment services. Kinya’s passion and dedication for singing began in grade school. She’s performed for large audiences since the age of nine. In school, she was part of the gospel choir, Honors chorus and acted in school plays. Kinya furthered her exploration of singing by landing a spot as a background vocalist for gospel recording artist, Alvin Slaughter, at the Paramount Theater in New York City and she has opened for gospel artist and radio host, James Fortune. She has performed gracing the stages of the Apollo Theater, the Maryland Theater, the Gala Theater, Bowie State University, University of Maryland and various churches. She played the lead role, Diana Ross, in “A Moment in Motown”, a play at the Publick Playhouse, the lead role as Mom in “I Can’t Find My Other Shoe” by Lisa Gant for Baltimore Black Theater Alliance and achieved first runner up in Hal Jackson’s ‘Talented Teens’ contest. She’s taken interest in the community by singing at the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon and during the “Best of Maryland” Day at Six Flags America. Kinya’s most recent achievements include singing with Patrick Lundy and The Ministers of Music which has afforded her appearances on TNT for the Christmas in Washington telecast with legendary artists Diana Ross, Justin Beiber, CeeLo and Jennifer Hudson to name a few. Kinya has been honored to win many local pageant titles and placed in the top ten at the Miss Maryland and Miss DC Scholarship pageants. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Howard University with a concentration in music therapy and currently teaches music for Imagine Schools in Washington, D.C.