Growing up, Terrance Mitchell, Jr. was always taught to…you know…keep it real.
Take, for instance, the intriguing dialogue that took place some time ago between Mitchell, Jr. and his mother, Tise Tate.
As Tate recalls so vividly, she posed a compelling question to which her son fielded as if he expected.
“I asked him, ‘Why do you call yourself, “exclusive?’” Tate told News Reporter Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “He said, ‘Because there’s nobody like me.’ What can I say? He sometimes has that 15-year-old’s arrogance. But he always says it with a smile.”
Given the immense strides he’s made as an aspiring songwriter, it’s no wonder Mitchell’s reputation is such that he’s accustomed to putting on display his customary smile.
A native Memphian who will enroll at Overton School For Performing Arts the upcoming academic year, Mitchell is making a strong case that he keeps at this musically-inclined pace, he could very well emerge as a household name, of sorts, in a city where music essentially has become a way of life.
One minute, he’s sitting in the comfortable confines of his bedroom writing poetry. The next minute, he ultimately found himself taking his poetic repertoire to a whole new level, courtesy of his keen ability to transform them into lyrics.
Fluent, efficient lyrics, mind you.
All things considered, credit his parents for helping instill in Mitchell and his brother the beauty behind such beautiful music, a trend that ultimately has given way to what appears to be shaping up as bright future in this ever-so—competitive industry for this aspiring songwriter.
“Me and brother loved music that our parents used to play in the car,” Mitchell explained.
Growing up, Mitchell had become acclimated to following the likes of Marvin Gaye, Isaac Haynes, Al Green, Kem, Snoop Dogg, Eric B. And Rakim, among others.
“It was feel good and truth music,” said Mitchell, “so that’s what I decided to make mine about but with a twist.
To his credit, it was a rather riveting, attention-grabbing twist, mind you.
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So much, in fact, that even at his young age, this vibrant, energetic kid has already recorded six hits, three of which have made ceremonious appearances on various message boards and social media sites.
Ahhhhhh, thank God for the world of social media where, fortunately for Mitchell, he’s starting to create a buzz as it pertains to his music.
So stay tuned.
Given his early success, it’s safe to assume he’s just now warming up.
“The people who inspire me are my parents, my uncle, my brothers, and my close friends that I have come to know that have stuck by me through thick and thin,” Mitchell said. “Also, my dad was also into music and he’s an inspiration to me.”
Amongst Mitchell’s current hits are: “Question Mark,” “Viewers Discretion,” and “Press Play,” each of which can be heard via social media.
“My biggest purpose is spread knowledge and wisdom through the words I speak,” Mitchell, an award-winning young artist who has appeared in a several talent shows, said of his music. “I also want to change the mindset because of my powerful voice.”
And not just mindsets, but the overall landscape of his community as well as the crime-invested, poverty-stricken Bluff City.
“The reason I started writing is because the truth seemed unfamiliar to many individuals, because the activities people were indulging themselves in resulted in them being unaware of the consequences that came with their actions,” said the musically-inclined Mitchell, sounding more like a social activist in his own right. “So I started to notice more things that didn’t add up to make sense of them so that they could understand my point of view of them.”
In essence, Mitchell doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Ask his mother, arguably his grandest supporter since he installed his very first lyric.
“The sky is the limit for TJ because he has the passion, the drive, and the determination to get his voice out there. He wants people to know that they should not pause their life for nonsense, they should always press play, which is one of the names of his songs.”
All of which explains why growing up, Mitchell, Jr. was always taught to…you know…keep it real.
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