Discuss your personality.

When I’m not performing on stage; I am more reserved.  As soon as I hit the stage, I feel as if I just come out of my shell and live as my true self.  Being on stage brings out the best in me and gives me courage to live authentically.

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Brief us about you as a musician.

I am a Pop/R&B/Soul singer and songwriter. Almost as soon as I started singing, I started songwriting (not saying it was good haha).  To me, singing and songwriting go hand in hand.  I love to incorporate personal life experiences into my songs because it brings authenticity.  Overall, I am a Pop singer, but my writing style and vocal style brings a more soulful sound to whatever I sing.  When people see me perform/hear me sing, they say that it’s a mix between John Legend, Zayn Malik and Sam Smith.

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Go into details on what have changed in your life for choosing music as a career.

Music has provided me with an escape throughout the years.  I was always picked on as a kid because I was overweight, but I never got discouraged because I could look forward to going home to sing my heart out.  If I didn’t have music, I truly believe I wouldn’t have been able to get through my younger years.  I became dependent on music and now I couldn’t go one day without music.

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Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.

The main benefit is that I can eventually (and hopefully) make a living from doing what I love to do every day.  The drawbacks are that there is a lot of rejection and there is no guarantee of success.  Rejection has kind of been a good thing for me though because I have developed a thicker skin throughout the years.

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Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.

I’ve never been the type to focus on the fame aspect of being a musician.  When a certain amount of success is reached, fame is inevitable, but I feel like it won’t affect me as much because I am very close with my family and they will keep me grounded.

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Elaborate on the story line of this song.

“Games,” is the song that helped me to win 1st Place in The Opportunity Singing Competition (hosted by DJ Flexx and WPGC 95.5) and is an emotional mid-tempo that describes the moment of realization that one is in an unhealthy relationship.  It is all about how you are giving 110% of yourself into a relationship, but the other person is giving maybe 10%.  It seems as if the person is playing games with you because there is a lack of respect on their part, but you keep going back.  They have you wrapped around their finger and they’ve won the game.

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Tell us means of connecting you and purchasing your music online.

To learn more about my career and any upcoming events/news, you can visit:

 

Website

 

Instagram

@_jeyhan_

 

Facebook

 

Twitter

(@JeyhanTurker),

 

YouTube

YouTube

 

 

My debut EP, “Altered Love” is available for pre-order on iTunes now:

iTunes

And the single, “Games,” is available as well.  Both “Games” and “Altered Love” will be available on all music platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, etc.) on January 19th, 2018.  My two other original singles, “Own It” and “Whatever It Takes,” are available everywhere!

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Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.

The greatest moment of my career so far has been winning the second season of “The Opportunity Singing Competition” hosted by DJ Flexx and WPGC 95.5.  My prize was the ability to produce a 5-song EP free of charge.  This is how I was able to write and record “Altered Love.”  It was such an amazing experience because I had complete creative control and wrote/arranged every single song by myself.  I was able to really explore my true self as a musician and artist and I learned so much about myself and the music industry throughout the process.

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Tell us the highest amount of money you have ever received from your music career and how it happened.

The highest amount of money I’ve ever made was around $200 from the sales/streams of my first single, “Own it,” in 2015.  It’s not a lot, but it was the first time that I made any significant amount of money from music and has really pushed me to work even harder to eventually make a living off of my music!

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Discuss your experience pertaining live performances, gigs, shows and tours.

Throughout the years, I have had the opportunity to perform at the World Music and Independent Film Festival, the Miss Intercontinental Pageant, CureFest D.C., and in a televised performance in front of a crowd of thousands in the National Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington D.C.  I have also participated in many competitions such as Ashburn’s Got Talent (Second Place Winner) and The Opportunity (First Place Winner).  Before performing at these larger events, I regularly performed at local coffee shops and music festivals.

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Tell us how you relate with your fans.

I relate with my fans so much because I am a music fanatic myself, so when they tell me how much they love my music and videos, I appreciate it so much because I idolize musicians just like them.  I always spend a good chunk of my day responding to comments on Instagram and YouTube and tweets that they tag me in!

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Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time.

I would just like to go back and tell myself to not be stressed out at a young age about whether or not I will “make it” one day.  If something is meant to be, then it will happen.  Also, I would be lying if I said that I wouldn’t change anything about any videos/songs that I have released in the past because some of it is super embarrassing haha!  I think that’s funny though because it’ll give me a good laugh when I’m older!

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Tell us the most important people that have boosted your music career and how you met them.

My family has been super supportive and has given so much time/money in order to help me out with my music endeavors.  Besides them, I have received so much support from Matthew Shell, Vicu Schek, David Schek, Matt Veirs, and DJ Flexx from “The Opportunity” throughout the past year!  They have helped me to produce my debut EP and promote my new music.  I met all of them during the stages of the “The Opportunity” and I’m so glad that I did.

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Brief us on what you have in mind before considering music as a career.

I have basically wanted to do music my whole life, but when I was about 4 or 5, I remember wanting to be either an actor, artist (painting, drawing, etc.), or scientist.  I still love acting and want to pursue it someday, but the artist and scientist phase faded really quick.

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Discuss your good and bad experience in life.

The only bad experiences I’ve had in life have been really connecting with people at school and in my home town.  I feel as if being so involved with music and being really busy all the time kind of isolated me in my beginning teenage years.  I really struggled to find a good group of friends.  I have friends, but just not a solid group of close friends.  My best friend that I’ve had my entire life is my cousin, Bahar.  We are literally the same person and have been each other’s other half since we were young and I am so thankful for her.  I had one of the best experiences in my life when I attended Grammy Camp LA 2017.  I finally got to meet people that were just like me and I really bonded with them.  I finally found a close group of supportive, like-minded people and I am very grateful for that experience.

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Name the artists that have influenced the world. 

To me, the artists that have influenced me personally and the rest of the world are icons such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Adele.  They are all/were powerhouses in the music industry and inspire millions because of their dedication, unique artistry, and commitment to do what they love.

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Tell us about your moment of rejections as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on.

Ever since I was young, I have faced copious amounts of rejection.  I auditioned for a lot of talent agents, singing shows, and singing competitions, but never received a solid yes.  I learned to believe in myself and not let other’s opinions get the best of me.  Rejection has allowed me to grow up fast and realize that not everyone in the world is going to be nice and supportive.  My family has really helped me to cope with all of the rejection by being my number one fans and for giving me a safe house to come home to every day.

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Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received about your music.

Honestly, I can’t even remember the most negative comment because there have been so many.  I try not to dwell on the negativity anymore because I know that if I do, I will never be able to believe in myself.

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Tell us how to become a famous artist.

I don’t think that there is an actual set of rules that one should follow to become a successful artist.  The industry is constantly evolving and one can find success in multiple ways.  The one thing that is always needed is a unique sound and individuality.

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Tell us how you plan to make an impact on the society.

With my music, I want to make people feel things.  I want to spread love, positivity, and create a place for all people to feel like they belong.  The one thing that we are missing in the world right now is love and I feel like I can bring that to people’s lives so that they can live life to the fullest again.  If I ever reach a level of success that will allow for me to help others on a global scale, I want to make philanthropic work a priority.  I love helping others and getting involved to better society.

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Elaborate on the recording process of this song.

I came up with the idea of this song when I was on a walk.  I wasn’t on my phone and was just thinking.  I was able to really connect with my emotions at the moment and came up with all of the lyrics in a few minutes.  I went to the studio, sang the melody ideas I had for the producers, and we produced and arranged the song that day.  The recording process of “Games” felt so effortless because the song is so personal.  It just felt like I was in a therapy session getting all of my feelings out.  After that session, I made it my priority to make every session like that.

 

“Games” is available on iTunes now as an instant gratification track for my EP, “Altered Love,” which is available for pre-order!  Both “Games” and “Altered Love” will be available on all music platforms on January 19th, 2018!


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