Furman University graduate, Rudy Currence is a charismatic Grammy and Dove Award winner. The household name in the music industry is a triple threat musician, songwriter and producer.
Perle Mag caught up with Rudy for an interview to talk about his new single, growing popularity and much more. Check out the interview below:
Parlé Mag: Congratulations on the success of your single, Testimony.
Rudy Currence: Thank you. It’s doing well.
Parlé Mag: What was your concept or inspiration to do this project?
Rudy Currence: I grew up playing and singing, my dad is a Pastor. It’s part of my roots. For a lot of my career, I have done R&B and Soul music, which I’ve always tried to be positive in order to make a difference in everything that I do. For this project, I thought I could shine the light to show where I’ve come from, and Testimony is a part of that story.
Parlé Mag: I love that a lot of artists grow up in church and tend to come back to the beginnings. Even though artists may venture into different things but it always comes full circle back to the roots and remembering essentially where your gifts and talents come from. How did your parents help nurture your talent?
Rudy Currence: My parents were very supportive. My brother and I played at my Dad’s church. He played the drums, I played the keys and we both sang. My mom, actually, managed me for most of my career. Back in the day she would take us to cookouts, picnics, [laughs] any and every where there was music going on, we were there so we could showcase our talent. We grew up doing, of course, band and chorus. I majored in music in college. But, definitely I was the kid that was in some type of concert or something.
Parlé Mag: Incredible support from your family. Speaking of keys, you have a partnership with a piano company, tell me more about that.
Rudy Currence: Yes, definitely. We have an endorsement with Kawai Piano Company. And they are the second largest piano builder and distributor in the world; second to Yamaha.
Parlé Mag: Wow. How did that come about?
Rudy Currence: Well, when I moved to Atlanta a few years ago, we were shooting a music video and looking for a location. We found a music store and the store happened to be a Kawai dealer. They were so impressed with me, they wanted to connect me with the Kawai rep. So, when they connected me, the rest was history.
Parlé Mag: You’ve won a Grammy, walk me through your first win. Where were you, how did you find out?
Rudy Currence: So, I wrote and produced some music for Lecrae for his Gravity album. We were doing the song Lucky Ones and I’m thinking, “We’re gonna win a Grammy for this song.” But I forgot what I had said and kept moving on, doing my thing in music. Grammy’s 2013 came around, but I didn’t go, I was home watching on TV like everyone else. I found out through social media that Lecrae had one for Best Gospel Album of the year. Here I am, on Twitter congratulating him on his Grammy win and then I start getting all these text saying “Congratulations” I was just like “What?!” Well come to find out, because I had produced and written on the album, I had won a Grammy, too. He also went on the win a Dove Award for that album and I won a Dove Award, as well. That was crazy.
Parlé Mag: I can’t even imagine the shock of extending congratulations to someone else only to find out that you also won.
Rudy Currence: Right, exactly. It was surreal.
Parlé Mag: Do we have an album title?
Rudy Currence: The forthcoming album is titled Stained Glass Windows. The next single from there is Send Me, I’ll Go and that music video was picked up by Revolt TV, BET Gospel and Music Choice as well. People have been showing a lot of love. I’m really excited about it all.
Parlé Mag: And you should be! You are a triple threat: musician, songwriter and producer. What is your creative process?
Rudy Currence: Uh, well I’m a creative person. So I’m always somehow creating something. Now that everyone has smartphones, I’ll record voice memos of song ideas. The process just depends. For instance, I had an opportunity to work with David Banner on his last album, with the track Marry Me. He came to me with a song concept, I took that concept, jumped on the guitar and came up with my own thing for the lyrics then we put the track together. My brother is a producer as well, so if he has a track, I might write for that. Other times I may come to him with the song and we build a track around those lyrics. You just never know. I have learned that music inspirations will hit you at the most random times, so always have a pen and pad. Or like I said, be ready to record with your phone because you will forget it.
Parlé Mag: You’re right. Inspiration can strike wherever and whenever. Are you ever awestruck when you get the call that a certain artist wants to work with you?
Rudy Currence: I’m like this. I’m honored to work with whoever because no one owes you anything. Especially individuals who have managed to create fame equity for themselves and a brand power. If they think enough of me to collaborate, in any way I’m always ready and willing to work. One of the things that was amazing to me, was a guy who is a visual artist that created a portrait of one of my pictures and mailed it to me. I’m always honored and grateful for the love and support.
Parlé Mag: What else can we expect from Rudy Currence?
Rudy Currence: I’m touring a lot. Also, I’ll be touring abroad. My TESTimony tee line is available. My social media is the best way to stay up-to-date.
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