Project Inspire V ... #JerisJohnson

Singer, Songwriter, and Musician.

I introduce - Jeris Johnson
Eugene, Oregon

I discovered Jeris's music via SoundCloud and immediately reached out to him within the first few playbacks and this is what came from it:

1. What is your name, what is it that you are trying to do/who are you aspiring to become?

- My name is Jeris and music is my tool for empowering people to take their lives back, shed their limiting beliefs, and show them that success in every area of their life IS possible.  

I want my live shows to be a place people come to have deeply emotional and life-changing experiences.  A place where lost people go to be found.  A music and emotional outlet unlike anything else.  Everyone in the room will be the closest group of friends imaginable; if only for just an hour or two.  I also want to make an album titled 'I Can Make Every Type Of Song' where the mission is to have a chart-topping song in 10 of the most popular genres of music.

2. When did you realize that you wanted to get involved full-time with electronic/pop music?  When did it not become a job/work, but more so something you thoroughly enjoyed and felt liberated from?

- I fell in love with music 8th grade year - joined a rock band camp (of all things) the first week of summer.  After the first day I approached my mom and told her that this was all I wanted to do.   All summer.  All year.  Forever.  Of course it wasn't about electronic music (not yet at least) - that came years later after my high school band broke up and everyone went off to college.  College however, was not for me.  I stuck around and made a little tune called "Fanny Pack," which was really my first venture into pop/electronic music - made a dumb music video for it and it happened to go locally viral around my hometown.  Sparking my imagination, that song took off and launched my brain into realizing I need to be making electronic music seriously instead of jokingly.  A year later and here we are.

3. What was one of the biggest obstacles you overcame, how did you do it, how was that process?

- I had a near-deadly and depleting phobia about vomiting, from childhood trauma - lost so much weight that I became nearly anorexic.  I tried every kind of therapy and it wasn't until I met one guy, Joe Casey, that everything changed.  He put me under hypno-therapy and in one of the most deeply-emotional and memorable experiences of my life, had me reclaim my power over the phobia and reshape my emotional memory of the trauma.  That sent me on a transformational journey unlike anything else ... mentally, physically, and emotionally.  I had an unimaginable thirst for knowledge, growth, and life.  A couple of years later, 60 pounds heavier, and my life passion is now in changing lives through music and communication.

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.  LITERALLY ANYTHING.  YOU HAVE INCREDIBLE PASSION, TALENT, AND POWER.  USE IT.

4. What continues to fuel/motivate you in your music career and in life?

- Knowing that I am just beginning my life's journey and that so many beautiful years of art, friendship, relationship, and travel await.

5. What would you like to accomplish before 2016 comes to an end?

- Be better than I was a year earlier.

6. What advice would you give to anyone struggling to find out what their passion is?

- It begins and ends with emotional intelligence and health.

YOU MUST SHED YOUR BAGGAGE, FOR IT IS YOUR EMOTIONAL WEIGHT THAT IS PREVENTING YOU FROM BEING TRULY PASSIONATE AND ALIVE.

Dig deep, you'll strike gold.

- Jeris Johnson
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