AUTHORITY MAGAZINE FEATURES FRANKIE SILVER

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I recently witnessed a New York City moment that made me realize, you can never presume to think you know anything about anyone. You never know what someone has been through. How many of us are all equally as stressed and consumed by our own trivial lives? Music is one of the best ways we can relate. Through my art I preach the message that we are all in the same boat and things will be alright if we can realize this. If I could start a movement it would be the Pay a Forward Movement. Let everyone treat each other a little nicer, and the world would be a better place.

I had the pleasure of interviewing recording artist Frankie Silver who began his career at the tender age of 6 singing in the Philadelphia Children’s Choir. Today, he lives and work full time pursuing music in New York City.

Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I have always been surrounded by music. Not just with singing but I grew up playing piano and dancing. I worked for Disney television as a teenager, and I was constantly choreographing and dancing for other artists. It wasn’t until I suffered a life altering injury, that music found me in a way I had never envisioned for myself. I decided I wanted to start dancing and performing for myself. If other people could do it, why couldn’t I? During my time recovering I began writing music. What started off as a catchy pop song tuned into a full EP. once I was able to take a step back and really see the work I had created, did I realize that I could make a career out of this.

Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?

I was presented with a topliner single that I co-wrote with songwriter Leanna James McCollum. What I didn’t realize was that I only owned the rights to the lyrics, but the instrumental track was sold to another artist (Audien and Max). They released the single with the same instrumental but with different lyrics a few weeks after I recorded in the studio. It wasn’t until I was shopping in ZARA, that I heard my song come on the radio, with another artist singing. I nearly fainted.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

When I was in physical therapy healing, I read a book “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by author Dan Millman. The story is an autobiography about his life and how he overcame a career stopping injury. The book really resonated with me during my healing process, so I wrote a letter to his fan club not expecting a response. To my surprise, he reached out personally and I was able to meet up with him. I really admire his perseverance and dedication as a motivational speaker to help change the world. He gave me strength when I needed it the most.

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be and why?

Britney Spears. She was a huge influence when I was growing up. I loved watching her perform. From recording to music videos to stage performance, her energy and passion vibrated equally through each element which was inspiring to me. I loved and still love her music to this day. I think the two of us could make some really great material together. (wink, wink)

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Who or what inspired you to become a recording artist?

I always had an affinity for the arts. Growing up, my parents adamantly brought me to Broadway shows and I couldn’t get enough of MTV. For a while I thought I wanted to be an actor. It wasn’t until I discovered dance that I realized it was a combination of all the things that I loved; acting and music. After the injury, everything was stripped away from me. In these moments you have a choice — be a victim or adapt and fight for what you love. I’ve spent my life learning how to tell a story through my craft, and it was at this moment that I finally learned the art of channeling my emotions through my work. A complete change of perspective.

I was fortunate to have been connected to some really talented producers and well established people in the industry who quite frankly, did not have time to waste. They opened some doors for me, but it was only through their guidance and support, was I able to walk through them. I am a strong believer that everything happens for a reason. No matter how impossible the present may seem…be patient and all will become clear again.

If you could go back and give your younger self any advice what would it be and why?

I would not be the artist I am today if it weren’t for the harsh life lessons I had to experience. It is what makes music relatable. Sharing your story and struggles with the world. Its not the destination that matters, but its the journey. If I had to give my younger self any advice it would be to ay close attention to the signs around you. Live, make mistakes; learn from them. Eventually these experiences will mold you into the artist you are meant to become. I write my best content when I am experiencing life on full blast. The ups and downs can make lyrical gold. For me, my songs are a timeline of my life, and where I was at that moment in time.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Every artist needs to unplug or they’ll burn out. Take the time to refuel. Find a hobby that allows you to take your mind off of everything. Listen to your body and soul — disconnect when it tells you to.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

  1. “Good artist borrow. Great artists steal.” — Beethoven What he meant by that , is everything under the sun has been done before. No one owns a C chord. You can be inspired by other great artists, but the best of us recycle and use other people material. Look at Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” VS Robin Thick’s “Blurred Lines” Essentially it is better to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission.

  2. Never send someone your unreleased music

  3. The instrumental in a topliner can be sold separately from the lyrics

  4. When you find someone who not only can translate your vision into action and make your song a reality; but someone who you also vibe with and can get into a flow. Stay with them!

  5. No artist is ever pleased at anytime, just a queer divine dissatisfaction.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

I am very excited to announce I will be performing live this year at World Pride in NYC as a rep for one of my sponsorships Hornitos Tequila. I am also in the works of creating a new talent search for other artists like me who are looking to get there first big step. That, and I will be working with some great producers Zaire Koalo, Colin Britain and Howie Beno and Brandt Grassman on a new passion project. I recently went through a heartbreak, and for the first time in my life, I am writing from a different perspective. I’m really excited to share my story and emotions with the world.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

I am proud to announce that I recently paired up with a nonprofit charity organization called Safe Horizons. They’re mission statement is to bring awareness and support to victims of sexual and physical abuse. At my next few live shows I will be donating a portion of the proceeds to this charity.

Personally I have always prided myself in being very positive person. My work is a true reflection of my inner spirit. As an artist I feel it is my obligation to use my voice for good. I want to amplify those positive vibes I feel inside and My ambition is to heal the world through music.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)

I recently witnessed a New York City moment that made me realize, you can never presume to think you know anything about anyone. You never know what someone has been through. How many of us are all equally as stressed and consumed by our own trivial lives? Music is one of the best ways we can relate. Through my art I preach the message that we are all in the same boat and things will be alright if we can realize this. If I could start a movement it would be the Pay a Forward Movement. Let everyone treat each other a little nicer, and the world would be a better place.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to interview and be in touch with some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she just might see this, especially if we tag them :-)

I would absolutely love to meet with Olympic Gold medalist: Nastia Liukin. Being a gymnast myself, I understand and can relate to her. You can practice the same skill over and over again but this sport leaves very little room for error. Once you are performing for the world, it is a completely different story I really admire her courage and dedication. She set the bar high for herself, and anybody in her field. I don’t think I need to tell you, it is very hard to achieve a single gold medal in any apparatus in gymnastics yet alone all of them. I admire that she set a goal and she achieved it.

How can our readers reach you on social media?

On instagram @ FrankieSilverMusic OR on twitter at f_silvermusic

Frankie Silver