“To be a conscious crowd whisper my challenge in every room that I walk in is to find the threadline, the theme that we’re all human beings. Everybody is different and everybody is unique, but we all have a heartbeat, we all have a brain, and we all wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night,” Reign explains. “There’s a common thread and when someone steps onto a stage and presents themselves to be a orator or MCM, the challenge is to find a commonality between the masses. The reason why I chose singing and song, is because music is a universal language. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like music and so that’s a common thread for me,” he says.
Through this common thread Reign was able to place us into 3 groups consisting of fire, water and air signs. His challenge, unbeknownst to us, was to make us feel we were all at the same page in order to fine tune our singing. The results as mentioned before encouraged us to open up about our experience and find similarities between us.
That instant feedback is gratifying for Reign. Not only has he accomplished his goal to heal, but it also helps him grow as a creator. Reign is a veteran and describes himself as a multi-facet, complicated, art junkie of all different spectrums. He has the discipline of a soldier but the mind of an artist. The evidence of his dedication and passion is quite clear, he’s a trained dancer that paints, sings, composes and has even appeared on commercials.
“I’m a lover of the arts so I figured anything that you find passion in you can perfect. You can find joy in different mediums in art. I’m a lover of life. I do enjoy people and sometimes I can get caught up and be in the martyrdom of saving humanity with art,” he shares.
Originally from Virginia and the middle child of three, his interest of the arts began with gaining his mother’s attention and approval. Once he discovered that she liked his paintings and singing, Reign dove deep into making her smile with his talent. It ultimately transitioned to being the young child who would sing at family functions and noticed the joy that it brought to them.
“When I finally decided to go to college and to the army, I just recreated family in other people. The same things I did to make my family happy, to make them joyous and inspired I did for my friends and people that I met,” he shares. “I grew up in the church and that was a very big part of my childhood singing together, we ate together, we stood together, we fought together and we cried together. And I think those are all the ingredients to be able to heal together,” he says.
Reign goes on to share that his vision for song therapy is to contribute and help people gain the skill sets to forgive and heal. Although his work is currently based in Southern California, he’s planning on traveling and taking his work to the people that may not be conscious of being healed through the power of sounds and vibrations.
“When I go home, I’m always reminded of how much more work there’s to be done. When it comes to self-development and transformational healing you have to go where the need is and not wait for the people to come to you. So I look forward to going and getting booked to the places where I may have no idea where I’m at, but hey if the healing needs to come here, I’ll be here and I’ll do exactly what I need to do to get it done,” Reign informs with a smile.
Before focusing his musical talent on healing others, Reign was pursuing fame and wanting to make a name for himself as a recording artist in the music scene until he realized it wasn’t fulfilling him.
“The liminality of my life that points me between wanting to make it and seemingly...and the scariest part of your dreams is actually really accomplishing it to a certain point and then comes the reality of, ‘wow! I need to dream bigger’ because life doesn’t end when you “achieve your dreams”. You just have to keep dreaming, keep making bigger dreams and keep aspiring to do more,” Reign says. “There was a space between me not having anything and not knowing anyone and just wanting to be acknowledged for my gifts. There was a space between me actually going for that and getting some grains of success and realizing that it wasn’t exactly what I thought would fulfill me in a long-term basis,” he confesses.
“Sure I will love to be, ‘a world famous singer’, but like if all the music I do only makes you dance, what kind of impact am I really leaving to humanity? What kind of message am I sending to my children that I don’t quite have yet. So the state of liminality is me having a really healthy relationship with humility and how much it’s important for me to have purpose in what I do,” Reign expresses. “I say tomorrow is not promised and I really want to feel the things that I’m doing and the things I’m giving my time to has purpose behind it. I really do feel purposeful when I’m in a room filled with people willing to dive deep and crack that shell of insecurity and vulnerability and see what happens.”
Reign also shares that he has encountered thoughts of self-doubt while being on his current chapter. He struggled with believing if he was actually capable of taking on a path that isn’t common and not feeling as if he’d abandoned his initial dream of being a recording artist.
“Now I realize that sometimes you have these hard resets that tend to rock your spirit a little bit, but ultimately it makes you a better, brighter, more well rounded person when you have this reset,” Reign explains, “Let me figure out what I’m doing, who’s in my circle and how do I get to the next level of anything.”
At this moment, Reign envisions growth that consists of partnering up with other people in the coaching, self-development and transformational community and learning from them. He currently has partnered up with Nichole Sylvester and offered his services through her Harmonious Hustle conference. Reign also is planning to develop a workshop that combines people’s love for singing, their desire and need for spiritual healing.
“Singing is not always meant for competition. It’s not always meant to entertain. Historically tribes have sung their hearts out because that’s exactly where the song comes from the heart. You go back to India, Africa, and China and there’s always this type of chant and some type of musical reglement that we’re all familiar with. I look to travel a lot to do my research to go to these places where these old historical tribal songs were created and bring them back to the people of my own space and incorporate some of that to the program as well. I think anything involving the ancestors and any historical fact and connection is always great and good, something that is going to benefit multiple generations,” he says.
Another goal he seeks to accomplish is to fully communicate to people the ability of song that he’s been blessed with. Reign has encountered some obstacles of having to explain what music therapy is, what it does to help them and having them fully understand in order to be compensated for his time.
“It’s a very experiential thing. That’s one of the challenges that I’ve had, just putting it into words and to explain what it is that I’m having them experience before they experience it," said Reign. "Once they experience it, it’s all well and good."