An introduction from your editor:
Atlanta, Georgia is a cultural powerhouse here in the south; big city living with a quaint southern charm. I am happy to call this city my second home. Over the course of this year I will use my photojournalism to shine light on the growth of an already towering city, and its people who make it the inspirational force that it is. Living in Columbus, Georgia I decided it was time to build a bridge between our two cities as well as the world, in an effort to spread messages of peace while delivering every day stories. Times are changing, and what must remain is our message of unity.
With this, I am proud to introduce January's issue. This month's issue will feature Atlanta's Grammy Nominated Producer James A Worthy, a young innovator in the music industry. I had the pleasure of speaking with him as we took a trip down L5P, Atlanta's east side district. This, is his story.
Interview conducted by: Christian Ortiz
Photography: Modtography by Christian Ortiz
- C: It’s a pleasure having you here James. Please tell everyone who you are.
“I am a Grammy Nominated producer and songwriter by the name of James Worthy. I’m also an actor and author, pretty much a jack of all trades. Originally I’m from Queens New York. I’ve always been a music head. I’ve always been an artistic kind of guy form a very young age. I just love the arts. I love entertainment. I love expressing myself through different channels, whatever it might be. From music to songwriting…even collecting vinyls and LPs, I love all of those things. I was originally introduced to music by my dad. My dad used to play drums back in the day and I just kinda took a liking to it. I started researching producers and songwriters as well as all genres of music. If you’re from New York, you’re going to hear all genres of music. What really set me apart and changed a lot of things was when I had the chance to meet Michael Jackson. I was very young. I had to be at least ten or eleven years old.”
- C: This was in New York?
“Yeah this was in New York. This was at Webster Hall. It was amazing. It was an awesome experience. My dad is a celebrity bodyguard. He’s around a lot of different people. Michael was accepting an award that night and I got the chance to meet him backstage. It was such a humbling experience. After that it was smooth sailing. I knew what I wanted to do. I knew that I would be great in the industry. Even more interesting enough, I was a huge fan of A Tribe Called Quest. That was my all time favorite rap group. Even at that age. Q-Tip man, that was my favorite producer…I have a ton of favorite producers but he was the first one that I really liked. After that man, I just kept it going. I got deeper in the industry more professionally. I just started getting into more endeavors. I not only found out that I liked expressing myself through music, but I actually like to play other characters too. That’s how I got into acting. My parent’s always told me, ‘If you have it, use it.’