Born in Monterey Bay California but raised in Jacksonville Florida, Kevin Guillory Jr. better known as KG grew up with music instilled in him. His mother, Brenda Guillory, who was a singer in church and his father, Kevin Guillory Sr., which was an all around entertainer (dancer, singer, rapper) makes perfect sense why KG has a natural talent and passion for entertainment. Growing up in Jacksonville was a great life lesson for KG.
Associating with many different crowds and backgrounds developed him into his own unique lane which you hear in his music. The lyrically gifted artist was first inspired by being introduced to Bone Thugs, 2Pac and Andre 3000 later on to Drake, Kendrick Lamar and the list can go on. By being around the hip hop scene, KG was inspired by listening and also participating in local freestyles and sessions which motivated him to pursue his career and take it to the next level and inspire others.
Releasing his first two projects (The Long Journey and The Come Up) have gained the love and respect across many locations. Being heard from LA’s 98.2 the beat to Bostons Hot 97.4 has showed him anything you process in your mind can become a reality. With the love and support from his wife and two beautiful children along with others, this independent artist and label owner has EVERYTHING it takes to make his dreams a reality.
Hollywood Insider: Exclusive Interview with KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.
Hollywood World: Tell us about your career as a musician. How did your career unfold to where you are today?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: My career is definitely evolving. I have to give specific credit to my Uncle Sean in Louisiana and my God brother Reese. Coming from a background where all I witnessed was hiphop it was always fun to me but both my uncle and my brother told me I should pursue it seriously which I received the feedback.
Hollywood World: How would you describe your current sound and music?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.:Growing up in Jacksonville Florida, we have our own sound but originally from the west coast, I can say I very much stand out from the Floridian sound. Listening and taking notes from Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Drake and the list can go on, I have have an uptempo lyrical vibe that’s undeniable.
Hollywood World: What inspires your music? Do you write your own lyrics?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: Everything inspires me! From my loving family to life events whether if it’s tragic or fortunate. I believe everything happens for a reason and when reflecting that in your art not only you but the population can relate and that’s fulfilling. I do write my own lyrics. I feel like you have to not discrediting other artist that don’t but originality speaks from your own ink.
Hollywood World: What instruments do you play?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: I currently do not play any instruments but I’m learning to play the guitar. You rarely see a hiphop artist playing an electric which is very dope.
Hollywood World: What are you currently working on?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: Right now I’m just releasing songs with visuals every month. This era you have to be CONSISTENT with new material and visuals because the audience dries out quick. When the time is right my team and I will select the perfect date for releasing first album.
Hollywood World: What has been a career highlight so far?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: The amount of feedback I receive. I have been getting the upmost love from all over the world which is very surreal. People asking me for advice which is crazy because I’m still in my beginning stages and I know I have a lot to build on.
Hollywood World: What’s your favorite piece of music and why?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: I’m a music lover but if I had to choose would definitely be r&b. Growing up in the church my mother sang which led me mostly to laid back grown vibes of rhythm and blues.
Hollywood World: What are your main inspirations and greatest influences?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: My main inspirations would have to be life lessons which also ties into my greatest influences. Like I mentioned before everything happens for a reason. From previous family issues to marrying my best best and us having two perfect beautiful kids inspires me daily.
Hollywood World: What cities, stages, concerts have you performed at?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: I have performed in Jacksonville opening for T-Pain and club Tier in Orlando Florida.
Hollywood World: What charities or artistic organizations are you a part of?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: What are the benefits? Unfortunately I have not came across the right charities to be apart of. I will need to associate myself with the right crowed for the right causes.
Hollywood World: Are there any artists you would like to work with? Do you have any favorites?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: There are plenty of artist I would love to work with but to keep the list simple, it would be an honor to work with Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Drake and of course Jay Z.
Hollywood World: How many albums/songs have you releases so far?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: I have released two projects (The Long Journey and The Come Up).
Hollywood World: Tell us about your music education.
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: I have no music “education” never really thought about going to school for music when you can educate yourself for a much lower cost.
Hollywood World: What is your next goal as a musician?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: My next goal is to tour to be in the people’s face and deliver what they want and need which is passion and lead to being global.
Hollywood World: What other hobbies do you have?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: I am an athlete at heart so if I’m not in the booth I’m on the basketball court or on the football field.
Hollywood World: What makes you feel like a star?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: What makes me feel like a star is knowing the people whether it’s close friends and family treat you like you already a star. The belief your loved ones have for you is PRICELESS!
Hollywood World: Is there anything else you can tell us about yourself, your career, or your music profession. Any memorable moments?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: Well I am loving husband and father setting an example to everyone that anything you process in your mind can be done. My talent has been on a few radio stations from LA, Boston, and Houston.
Hollywood World: What’s next?
KG – Kevin Guillory Jr.: Being consistent by providing music and visuals leading to my first debut album sooner than you think.