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Check Out DaiTrell Ingram’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to DaiTrell Ingram.

Hi DaiTrell, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started singing in Church… Well, actually before then… Growing up in my family, my brother and my cousin and I always sang around the house, or around my grandma’s house.. anytime we’d get together really. We used to tarry and “play church” as they say (lol)…..

One year, our Grandma (Lucille) put us on the spot in the Church’s Christmas Play. She told them, “Hold on, I’m going to let my grandchildren get up and do something” – We had NEVER really sang in front of anyone. At the house we used; a mop as a microphone; the broom as a guitar; and some pots and the mop bucket as drums. Just making a lot of “racket” honestly. So what in the world were we to do now – I dont remember if my brother DJ was in on it or not now that I think about it, because he did bring an acoustic guitar to church that our parents had recently gotten us, and my Cousin KC and I had tambourines (yes, Church kids!!) and I dont remember what we sang, I wanna say “On My Way Home” by the Canton Spirituals.. I really dont remember, but I know thats an old family classic. So I’d say that was the true start.

After that, My oldest brother Corey was a big 2Pac fan, so that got me into other genres of music, other than Gospel Music. I think he was watching BET one Sunday at grandma’s and Destiny’s Child “No, No, No” had come on, and I’ve been hooked on them and R&B ever since. That was the day that I really knew that I wanted to sing. Also, seeing my brother Corey develop his own interest in rapping, he started booking studio time, and letting us hear some of his songs and mixtapes, it solidified that this could really be a thing for me.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Life overall hasn’t been the smoothest ride, but I’ve appreciated each and every challenge. I’ve struggled with depression and suicide off and on, especially as a teenager, and thats the point when I began to put my feelings into words, those random words became poems, then they later became songs.

Other obstacles have been learning my worth, and knowing when it’s time to let go of some things (jobs or people) and spread my wings and trust the Spirit to guide me. Back in 2015, I was fired from one of my jobs in Corporate America. I knew that it was time for me to let go, but I was afraid. Fear can and will keep you in things beyond the time you need to be in it, as long as you allow it… So I took being fired as my push to really become serious about my career. It wasnt easy though – I couldn’t land a steady job for the remainder of 2015 and suffered a lot of loss that year, but I did release my first album/project that year. It was 4 years and the making, and it was time to share my story.

In 2017, I moved to Houston with my bestfriend (Jeremy) seeking a fresh start and breaking new ground. There were a lot of things that went right, but there were also things that didnt go as planned. I found an office job here, but this time, I knew when it was time to let go. I walked away from that job in 2018 with peace and an assuredness that I would walk into my purpose. What’s now 3 years of being a go-getter and making things happen independently; it still hasn’t been the easiest. I’ve been behind on bills, delayed projects due to money, and even while doing one of the biggest things to date, a residency at the House of Blues, I had a car repossessed and in a lot of ways, I’ve had to start over. And the same struggles as a lot of people, learning how to live and keep yourself afloat during a global pandemic… But I truly believe things happen so you can learn strength and grow. I’ve always said, we shouldn’t just go through things, but we must GROW through them.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a recording artist/songwriter/performer; and I’m also a Certified Life Coach. I specialize in vocal production and performing as an artist, along with entertaining. As a Life Coach, I specialize in Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention.

Overall, I am most known for sharing the light that I have within me, and being able to touch people that I come in contact with in some capacity, be it through song or speaking as a coach in client sessions. The biggest thing is letting people know that they’re not alone. And that is something that I am proud of – being able to reach people where they are and say, “me too!” Being able to reassure ourselves that in life, you dont have to always have everything figured out all the time, and I love being able to walk in that freely, and authentically.

Any big plans?
Shhhhh!!! A creative never reveals their tricks and secrets! lol j/k …. I actually have a few things coming up. I am working on a Christmas song that will be released this year. In 2020, I wrote this song and concept for myself and 6 other singers to be on a song together, that talks about coming together and enjoying life and the moment before us, and what better way to come together than the Holidays!?!

Following that, in 2022 I am planning to release another project. And maybe in 2023 or 2024 I’ll be making a big move, I’ve been talking about moving to the UK, specifically London. So yeah! I’m pretty excited about that and how it’ll unfold and manifest itself.

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Adam (@LifeOfAdam)
Steven (@scjrphoto)
Nigel (@kidd_judo)

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