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Music Star Keith Cullen: “I would be delighted to start a movement talking about what we have in common versus what are differences are”

I would be delighted to start a movement talking about what we have in common versus what are differences are. It’s a common theme these days to point out our differences, especially in a negative manner. Either if it’s of the race, sexuality, status, talking about our differences builds walls. I firmly believe that we […]

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I would be delighted to start a movement talking about what we have in common versus what are differences are. It’s a common theme these days to point out our differences, especially in a negative manner. Either if it’s of the race, sexuality, status, talking about our differences builds walls. I firmly believe that we have way more in common with each other than different. Creating a movement where we put that at the forefront and removing labels, I feel it would be beautiful.


I had the pleasure to interview music star Keith Cullen . “Say Something,” Keith Cullen’s breakout debut single, became the instant hit that turned the Irish recording artist into a emerging international force. Ears across hemispheres couldn’t help but tune in to Cullen’s rare, wide-range vocals. Thrust into an immediate global stage, the industry began betting on Cullen’s career. He was a sure thing. Everyone else finally seemed to see the bright future Cullen had always believed in for himself. Then he received news of his stage three cancer diagnosis. After announcing the devastating news in an intimate blog post, fans and news outlets began an outpouring of support. But Cullen hid away, squarely focused on the wellness process and a road to full recovery. With what can only be described as pure, intense willpower at work, Cullen is now in full remission. The process has been transcendental, to say the least. Upon his cancer-free revelation, Cullen knew he had a cacophony of bottled up emotions ready to be transcribed into music. Following a breathtaking performance at SXSW in March 2019, Cullen, now living in Los Angeles, began artfully weaving together song after song. Now, he’s ready to give the world a taste. Finally, the voice that came and went, is back for good. While this master of powerhouse music was in hiding recovery, maintaining a hiatus didn’t prevent Cullen from expressing his arduous journey through lyrics. On August 16, 2019, Keith will debut his new single “Make Way.” The sonic embodiment of victory and empowerment, encouraging the world to truly see Cullen for who he is now, the lyrics flowed after the initial concept and feeling. Listeners will understand the song is not just about Cullen’s personal story, but one that resonates with all listeners. “Make Way” signifies the unity among one another, since life consistently presents us with challenging times. The lyrics muster willpower and strength to tackle through these hard times, assuring listeners of their ability to find their rightful place in this world.


Thank you so much for joining us Keith. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Since I can remember, I always knew that I needed or should be a singer. Growing up, people would compliment my voice. Honestly, I didn’t think it was a big deal and that your average person could also sing. Later, I realized that I wanted to make my talent my day job. My love for sharing my voice, and my passion for music is something that motivates me on a daily basis. I love the thought of being the soundtrack to people’s lives.

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

During the time that my career was at its peak and flying high, my single “Say Something” had charted on the Billboard Charts, I landed a Gossie Award, and during a promotional trip to Australia is when I found out I had cancer. Since I needed to take care of my well-being, right at the prime of my music career, I had to place a pause on it, which was very difficult but necessary. Thankfully, I am fully recovered and have beaten cancer. I am very grateful for the recovery, and there has been a lot of teachings during that tough period.

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

Right now, I am in the middle of working on a merch line. Last week, I started contemplating on making a Christmas EP, which is super exciting. My newest single coming out on the 16th “Make Way” is a reentrance to the music world since I recovered from cancer. It’s a song that I one hundred million percent believe in. This is only the beginning of new material that will be rolled out representing my new being.

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

Meeting Beyonce is something I will never forget. Her presence and radiance, on top of her star power, is a part of her being. She makes everyone in the room feel comfortable and at ease. From a day to day perspective, I get to work with Phil Q as a manager but more importantly as a friend and mentor.

I’ve been blessed to have Phil Quartararo by my side, navigating the high and lows of the music industry. The former CEO at Virgin Records, Warner Brothers and EMI. He’s worked with artists like Linkin Park to the Spice Girls.

Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?

Florence Scovel-Shinn was a meta-physician, and her book titled ‘The Game of Life and How To Play it’ changed my life. It’s my modern-day bible. It would be an honor to have lived in her time and work with someone who had a new age perspective way in a time like ours didn’t exist.

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

Kindness!!!! Regardless of what show, stage, or environment I am placed, everyone is treated with kindness and respect. I stopped the idolizing piece. I see all humans as equal — established or emerging. They are all treated equally. Kindness and respect is the root of everything I love to portray on my brand and platform. My music is a source of goodness and healing, motivated by an inspirational story. And, that’s what I want to share with everyone!

You are a person of influence within the music. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be?

I would be delighted to start a movement talking about what we have in common versus what are differences are. It’s a common theme these days to point out our differences, especially in a negative manner. Either if it’s of the race, sexuality, status, talking about our differences builds walls. I firmly believe that we have way more in common with each other than different. Creating a movement where we put that at the forefront and removing labels, I feel it would be beautiful.

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

No one ever has regrets of being brave. Follow your heart as you set your intentions and continue to work hard on your craft. Our life isn’t a dress rehearsal… we only have one opportunity, do it.

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

Love many, trust few — paddle your own canoe. In the music industry, you have to be smart as to stay open to opportunities that are appropriate for yourself. In the initial start for many artists, we tend to get super excited and want to jump on everything. Thus, not all of them are going to benefit you.

Be nice to the people on the way up because you’re bound to meet them on the way down.

Stay hungry and stay humble.

You’re the product of your own environment. Look at the five people you spend the most time with. We are all creatures of habit, and we rub off of one and another.

Be Patient and Trust Your Gut.

We are blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. 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?

Tom Ford, hands down. I was lucky to walk down the red carpet at the Grammys in 2017. And, I have a dream and envision that when I finally get a nomination for a Grammy, I will have him dress me. I honor his ethics, lifestyle, and views on life. I admire classic designs and the reinvention of the classy masculine to modern fashion.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Website: http://www.kcmusic.ie/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keithcullenmusic/

Twitter: @keithcullen

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keithcullen/

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