The most inspirational story in music: Kerry James Junior

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The Gary Indiana native went from not being able to speak, to making music for the world to hear

When asked about what type of style his music is based on, Kerry James Junior is precise with his response, stating: “My music is about emotional hardships and life experiences of family members overcoming obstacles as a person.” While some musicians refer to their hardships vaguely, or often fabricate their struggles entirely, James has a direct story of triumph to tell in his music: For several years of his life, he had an inability to speak. Due to a neurological condition within his brain, James was faced with an obstacle. Not only did he overcome it and begin to speak though, he now is an up and coming musician.

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“My music is about emotional hardships and life experiences of family members overcoming obstacles as a person.”

James was born in Chicago but moved to Gary, Indiana at the young age of seven years old. He feels the move was something that was ultimately beneficial for him in the long run. “It was better and it made me a better person by going home to my hometown,” He says. “I feel very appreciated when I was invited to sing there.” In 2012, James asked his mother, who he names as his number one fan, for an acoustic guitar and began to carve out a musical style and career for himself. He now performs around the city of Gary and has made appearances in various radio stations as well.

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“I just picture myself as a person with no problem and just believe in myself”

Kerry James continues to reach new heights despite his disability but has never forgotten his story. When asked if how he finally broke through to be able to speak, he replied: “It’s more of a mental therapy that I set in my mind that makes me forget about my disabilities. I just picture myself as a person with no problem and just believe in myself with my close friends & family at my side. Through his music, James hopes to help others who may deal with the same or similar disabilities. With the strength that he has displayed thus far, inspiring the city and overcoming the obstacles he’s faced, the music should be the easy part.

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