NHTE 153 Isaiah Grass

Presently working on his second album, he is a singer/songwriter who is ranked #1 on the Chicago ReverbNation Pop Charts. He has performed at the likes of the House of Blues, Hard Rock Café, Six Flags, and other notable venues and events. He has built up a huge following, with over 300 thousand followers combined on his social media and three million views on his YouTube channel. In 2010 he had been signed to a modeling agency and his music career was launched one year later.

Show Quotes: 

“I think everyone’s entitled to do whatever they want when they write.  I feel like there are so many different types of creative ways that you can write something and it’s just really about following your heart, and what makes you feel good is what matters.”

“That’s really what music is supposed to be about; it’s about being able to enjoy it, being able to relate to it, and being able to create a story.”

“If you write a song and you’re only doing it for the fact of impressing someone, then you’re not being true to yourself.”

“Getting my feet wet in the industry with moving to New York at such a young age helped me, but coming to Chicago there’s been so many doors that’ve opened and I wouldn’t have been able to have the portfolio or the experiences that I have if it wasn’t for the agency that discovered me here and brought me to Chicago in the first place.”

“Being in New York at (age) 18 there were a lot of trial and error moments.  I was very naïve because I didn’t know many things about the industry – or the world, or just growing up – and it was something that, it definitely helped me to get thick skin.”

“Everyone these days are models or actors and it’s like, ya’ know, ya’ gotta be able to show that you can do so much more.  And so, I’m very grateful that people encouraged me to write songs.”

“This is a very cutthroat industry, and you have to always be making yourself better because there’s someone that will replace you.”

“I have so many people that message me on Facebook.  I have five Facebook accounts and sometimes I stay up until 2:00 in the morning replying to messages.  And, it’s one of those things where, as an upcoming artist, it’s very flattering, it’s very humbling, and it means so much to know that I have support in so many different markets and I don’t let that give me a big head.”

“You’re going to have people that love what you do and you’re going to have people that hate what you do.  And, at the end of the day, you have to be able to feel comfortable in your own skin and be able to say that you love what you do.”

Songs on this episode: 

"Climb Over Mountains"
"Christmas with You"