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Rising Star Elidjah Diallo: “My movement would be to Make America Care Again”

My movement would be to Make America Care Again. I just think people are so caught up in their own self-interest, and we live in a country that is divided, politically and religiously. We don’t even communicate anymore — I wish it could just go back to making everyone “One Nation Under God.” As part of my series […]


My movement would be to Make America Care Again. I just think people are so caught up in their own self-interest, and we live in a country that is divided, politically and religiously. We don’t even communicate anymore — I wish it could just go back to making everyone “One Nation Under God.”


As part of my series featuring the rising stars in the music industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Elidjah Diallo. Elidjah Diallo is ready to steal hearts as the new teen sensation, recently signed by Tony Mercedes of Umbrella Management Group. Tony is a multiple Grammy Award winning music publisher who’s sold over 27 million records, most recently in 2018 for “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran! Elidjah’s path was diverted after relocating to America in 2012, when a series of terror-related attacks in France propelled their family to make a change… unknowingly setting him on a fast-pace toward stardom. Ready to propel his passion through music, without even speaking the language, music producers — especially Tony Mercedes — took immediate notice of his French vibe and loved his youthful sound. From singing in front of Tony himself, to signing onto Umbrella Management Group, Elidjah’s path became clear. Tony Mercedes has propelled the careers of countless Grammy Award Winners whose songs continue rotating on the Top 40 today. Elidjah’s single “Kill It For Me” released this past Valentine’s Day.


Thank you so much for joining us Elidjah. Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?

The most interesting story I can share is in thinking that I was really prepared to go into the studio with a veteran, and quickly realizing that things aren’t as easy as I thought they would be. Tony Mercedes cut the session on me, which forced me get on the phone and cry to my mom about how bad things were going. But later on, I realized it was probably the best thing that happened to me because it made me take things seriously. At that point, you realize that when people are spending money, there is no room to be unprepared. I put things into perspective and realized that execs don’t have time for people to waste their time. Be prepared or you will fail.

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

One of the most exciting projects that I am working on now is preparing to go into the studio and record a song from a new hot teenage producer out of Spain. On Friday I am also going to be meeting with Jarvis Redd, songwriter out of Milwaukee. He will be flying to Los Angeles so we can start creating. I am prepared and excited for this great opportunity.

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

I met Bobby and Tommy Brown at a Barber Shop. Bobby watched my video “KIll It For Me,” directed by Zane. Tommy said I was super talented. Bobby asked who I was working with, and once I dropped Tony’s name, they made me get him on the phone.

Tommy Brown and my manager are discussing me being an opening act on a tour. It’s crazy how things happen out of the blue. You never know who you are going to run into or where the next opportunity is going to come from.

Which people in music inspire you the most? Why?

That is a great question — there are so many amazing and talented artists. I would have to say Justin Bieber. Just like me, Justin also came from another country and pursued his dream of singing. I really respect his craft. It’s crazy to think how much my life has changed. Literally, just a few years ago, I came in from France and didn’t even know a word of English. Last year, I signed to Umbrella Management, and now I am doing what I love to do with a team who only knows success in the entertainment industry. I have the same possibility of being a globally known artist at such a young age, like Justin Bieber. My mentor is Tony Mercedes and his mentor at the time was Usher. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and for the team around me.

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

In my world, there is only one person who truly exists and matters to me today — and that is my mom. She has sacrificed so much for me. Whenever she hears me sing, that is self-gratifying for me. My mom matters more than anyone else. Making her smile and proud is what matters most. I know that making my mom proud means I am on the right road and will continue to always look for her validation, support, and approval.

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. 🙂

My movement would be to Make America Care Again. I just think people are so caught up in their own self-interest, and we live in a country that is divided, politically and religiously. We don’t even communicate anymore — I wish it could just go back to making everyone “One Nation Under God.”

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

• We should all respect each other’s uniqueness. I think we should spend less time trying to blend in — because if we are too busy trying to blend in, we can never stand out.

• We should always celebrate the next artist’s accomplishments because it only makes it great for all of us.

• Even though we all compete, it doesn’t mean we can’t congratulate.

• We should always give credit where credit is due.

What are 5 things you wish someone told you when you first started, and why?

1. A long time ago, I learned that people don’t hate on you because they hate you. They hate on you because every time they see you, they are reminded of what their life could have been.

2. I wish someone told me how committed I would have to be to this business and respect the process.

3. I wish someone told me how many friends I would lose during the process of just trying to make it.

4. I wish I knew that girls would be more attracted to the potential of my success than to me personally.

5. Last but not least, I wish I knew that everything my mother supported me through clearly illustrated how much she loved and appreciated me. I didn’t realize until now why she did it. I wish I knew, because I would have probably been a better son.

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 want to sit down with Chris Brown because he is super talented, and he has seen the very best of the best, and the worst of the worst. I can learn from a guy who has been on both sides of the fence through experience and what to look out for. In a perfect world, I would love to do a song with him, but I would be just honored if he could give me some advice on what to look out for.

Thank you for these great insights. This was very inspiring!

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