In the Light
"Only a fool ducks when the truth is thrown at 'em / Quit acting like doubts and fears, we don't have 'em / must learn to fight back the negative thoughts, replace them with good / Sacrifice ourselves for the whole, the way that we should..." (excerpts from the song entitled LONG WALK ON A SHORT PATH© HRI Inc.) Words that are usually expressed by motivational speakers, counselors, and the likes are now introduced to you through ORION™ "The Rhythmatic Word" (Pronounced Oh-Ri-On). ORION has skillfully woven morality and musicianship throughout his music. His message has demanded the ears of every listener who has come in contact with it. The music has been described as an effortless conglomeration of neo soul, R&B, Jazz, Funk and Hip Hop. He has been likened to the lyrical expertise of Jay-z, the musical vibes of the Staple Singers, and the soulful vocals of Bill Withers. The likeness that would best prepare you for his style is a male version of Lauryn Hill. However, ORION has found it difficult to fit into any one genre and as a result he has created his own. 'THE RHYTHMATIC WORD is (if asked) how he would describe what he does. "The music I create is for everyone. No one race, creed, or color is excluded when I write. Music is a universal language and in my opinion should contain words of Hope, Truth and Love, which we ALL need and can relate to. Hence, I label the music 'THE RHYTHMATIC WORD'-Rhythm & Hope...Rhythm & Truth...Rhythm & Love... not just Rhythm and Blues" In addition to his speaking and writing abilities, ORION is a true musician. His instruments of choice are the Trumpet and French horn. He composes, arranges and produces all of his own music which he then transcribes into sheet music so that he can be accompanied by electronics or live band when necessary. It definitely doesn't take any length of time to be impressed with this young man, his abilities have taken him to Liberia, West Africa where a recording label by the name of Hathor's Recordings International has made him their marquee artist. ***INTERVIEW with ORION 'THE RHYTHMATIC WORD'*** Q: WHY THE NAME ORION? A: Firstly, the name is associated with the direction of HEAVEN throughout the scriptures. It comes from the Greek word for HEAVEN which is "OURANOUS". It is also made reference to in Amos 5:8 of the Holy Bible. It symbolizes my quest to exemplify righteous qualities before the most high and man. Q: WHEN DID YOU BEGIN TO DO MUSIC? A: It started in the 6th Grade. My Mother bought a trumpet for me and that was the beginning. I flourished at trumpet and French horn. The most special part about playing was the harmony. I quickly learned that you can not create harmony without team work. Life's Harmony is a beautiful experience when we all work together. Q: WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO MAKE THE TYPE OF MUSIC YOU'VE NAMED "THE RHYTHMATIC WORD"? A: I feel that every person or musician has their own tune or tone. Tone is vibration and all people are affected by your "vibe." That's why I choose to call it "The Rhythmatic Word". Rhythm is vibration. Vibration is Life, for all things vibrate. I do music to help promote life. Q: WHO AND WHAT ARE YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES? A: I love all music that inspires. You know, it's called "Feel Good" Music. Artists Like Dr. York, Curtis Mayfield and Bill Withers, also my favorite band, BrainStorm of Tabu records-1978, who mastered producing great music with a Godly message! Q: WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE LYRICS IN YOUR SONGS? A: My deep concern for the future, our children. It's my responsibility to help by giving people an alternative message to listen to. The life and love of Jesus the Messiah as well as the other great men and women who were and are persecuted for righteousness name sake inspire me deeply. Q: HOW IS THE MUSIC YOU MAKE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ARTIST? A: I do my best to take the principles of the scriptures of GOD and apply it to everyday life and learning. Each song is a hand in hand journey with the listener, as we take this long walk towards salvation together. Life's lessons accompanied by the drum and guided by The Most High. Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE AUDIENCE TO PERFORM IN FRONT OF? A: The first timers, with hope that at the end of the show, they will be reminded of who and what we are. New audiences are my favorite. Q: WHAT WILL ORION THE RHYTHMATIC WORD BE REMEMBERED BY? A: Good music, a Better message, and my Best efforts. Q: DO YOU THINK YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFRENCE? A: Yes, being positive always does.