Today we’d like to introduce you to Keenan J. Friday.
Hi Keenan, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Since I was a kid, music and fashion have been a big passion of mine. My pops was the reason for music and my mom was the reason for fashion. With both of them being the influence, I always had somebody to look up to. I started out playing drums (mostly in church) then branched off into playing different instruments such as cello, viola, piano and was always singing along the way. Practicing consumed most of my time but the practice is what made me so great today.
I noticed how interested I was in fashion when I would watch my mom sew my ripped pants. I used to rip my pants a lot and eventually my mom got tired of sewing them for me so she showed me how to do it myself.
Once she taught me the basics, I would go to the computer lab at school after I finished my homework and watch videos on how to sew different clothing. I then took a sewing class in the 7th grade that further taught me how to sew skirts, pants, shirts, etc. I was also introduced to different fabrics and the art of fashion.
I knew that making a name for myself would be hard because everyone knew who my parents were. I stepped outside of what they wanted me to do, and I did more. Which has created a lot of opportunities for me outside of just playing drums in church and sewing my own ripped clothes. If I wanted to show the world what I had to offer, I knew I had to showcase all of my abilities and not just be known for just one. I was, and still am committed to being equally great at all the things I do.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I wish there was such thing as a “Smooth Road”. Life always comes with trials and tribulations, but I think it’s ultimately up to us to decide if we’ll allow that burden or situation to keep us down, or use it to bless others. I can honestly say, I wouldn’t be where I am without God, my baby girl and the rest of my family. So to fully answer your question? My journey has been nothing but crazy but I’m grateful because I always know to embrace my journey and not my destination.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a musician, songwriter/aspiring Vocal producer and artist. I also style and design clothes. I started playing gospel growing up in the black church and expanded my horizon through the years. I specialize in Gospel, RnB, and pop. I professionally style Music videos, photo shoots, weddings etc.
Although I am known for music, my fashion sense never fails to stand out. I always say “It’s not on you, it’s in you”.
One of the biggest milestones I’m proud of is being a father. My baby girl, Symphoni, is my pride and Joy. I’ll always show her the best. So she knows she deserves the best. I feel that’s what a father is supposed to do. Helping my church and my community is a big part of my everyday life as well.
Something that sets me apart from others, is my character and how I carry myself. I want to uplift my neighbor, and not bring them down. I gain happiness seeing other people win.
We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
Although I’m a Songwriter, I am also an artist, and I have new music coming out this summer. I have some great artists that I am collaborating with such as 7AE, Mari, Maya Marchelle, James Grear and company, Qadiym and so many more.
I also have a new Urban streetwear Clothing line called “Keen’s” releasing soon. Different colorways, patterns, and styles. Stay tuned.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keenanjfriday_/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keenanj.friday
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/K4hEKgKnB5E7SDrD9