Music, Fashion, Longevity and Wellness with Multi-Platinum Songwriter, Music Producer Jack Knight

 

 

Jack Knight is the Arranger, background vocals and composer

 

Vocal arranger and producer

 

Producer, Background Vocals, Composer

 

Jack Knight is the Composer on this album

 

 

 

 

Monifah Mo’hogany

Caribana weekends in Toronto were solid when songs created by Jack Knight would play! 

Jack Knight wrote, composed and produced songs for Diddy, Faith Evans, Jennifer Lopez, Total, Notorious B.I.G, Carl Thomas, Lil’Kim, Snoop Dogg and many others.

Natalie: I was in Toronto’s Club Miami dancing to your music!  When I was finally old enough my friends and I went to Studio 69.  As a performer, I choreographed and opened up a Bad Boy pre-Caribana kick off.  I forgot the name of the hotel on Yonge Street!  Maannnnn full circle I’m featuring you on my website!  Thanks for blessing all of us with your music, wisdom, and Gems!

Jack Knight: Songs and Creativity are like seeds. You plant them, you water them, and they eventually grow in the minds and hearts of people.  It’s a blessing to inspire and be inspired on this journey.  I’m humbled and thankful for this interview 20 + years into my career!

Natalie: What was it like during the beginning stages trying to get your gift heard/noticed?

Jack Knight: It was like a huge mountain to climb that took a unique set of circumstances and talent to maneuver.  You always run into people they want to exploit you for a quick buck, and I’ve had my fair share of bad agreements, but persistence and talent to this day propels me to the next adventure.  Your talent becomes its own entity in a funny way.  Talent and creativity go on auto pilot if you put yourself in the right situations.  To this day I go to a few meetings and events, but I still think if your dope, people and things will gravitate towards you.

Natalie: What’s Your Super hero music to get you into your zone?

Jack: Good question!  I would say Marvin Gaye, Drake, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Manu Chao, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, Kitaro and Old school Hip hop!

Natalie: What mellows you out when the world gets too cold?

Jack: Meditation, chanting, reading books by Thich Nhat Hanh, an occasional Church service and hanging out with my kids. They are 6, 8, 25, and 26…they give me comfort when things get tough. 

Natalie: You use your platform to encourage, uplift and even speak about mental health!  What tips do you have for anyone who is too proud or scared to seek help?

Jack: Emotions are temporary anger, jealousy, fear, suicidal thoughts, depression we must take care of our emotions like we would do with a baby when it’s crying.  You don’t yell at a baby when it’s crying you give it comfort, you talk to the baby, rock the baby, etc when you’re in those states and you don’t have medication or someone to talk too.  You must talk to yourself in a loving way.  Happiness and mental health is an everyday practice of love and forgiveness.

 

 

Natalie: Did you know that each stage of your music permitted us the audience to be our best selves as we progressed in life?  Thank you and the others who dreamed big and utilized your ordained gifts of therapy through music and your courage to be bold enough to create!

I still reference many of your work when I need to get over a hump or receive energy.  Your blood, sweat and tears, deadlines, gut feelings poured out on wax/digital and those of us who get it received it became great because of it!

Jack Knight: That’s so amazing to hear and heartfelt. I wrote a song called “Live like a warrior” a few years back for an artist named Matisyahu. 

The song never went mainstream but thousands of his fans would write me privately to say that song stopped them from committing suicide. That experience for me was bigger then receiving a grammy because my lyrics helped to sustain life.

Natalie: What does a day in the life of Jack Knight look like?

Jack Knight: Everyday for the last 20 years of my life has been a constant hustle and grind.  I get my work ethic from Puff Daddy and Teddy Riley who are my mentors.

I usually wake up at 5:30 am every morning to speak to my clients in China.  Then I speak to my coding team in India.  I then go through beats sent to me by producers, at the same time I’m loading content on my platform www.hiphoperiod.tv.  I usually multi-task throughout the day everyday.  If a piece of String falls from the sky I want to know why and what type of string it is ..lol…I’m on it.  As an African American male I have to be consistently focused and disciplined.

 

Natalie: Prior to the MCM Wizpak launch not too many outside of the Luxury fashion world had privy information.  As a luxury personal shopper/stylist/fashion insider working with and for the luxury retailer full-time while I was in between photoshoots freelancing  Boston-NYC MCM gave me the knowledge first hand.

Jack Knight: In quantum physics they teach you that when energy or waves are being watched it changes. Just from being watched the wave does something different. My songwriting partner Shannon Ridely and the founder of Wizpak like’s us to keep our next moves pretty quite when it comes to partnering with luxury brands. Basically what people don’t know about they can’t mess it up.  Wizpak has some exciting partnerships coming up over the next few months that are very special.

Natalie: I too believe in that quantum physics theory, thats why I don’t post much of what I do!  How important is fashion to your self expression?

Jack Knight: If I had a clothing line it would be called LAZY GENIUS.  My fashion has become more minimalistic over the years. I love to be comfortable no matter who the brand is under.  Over the years I was spoiled with free Sean John, so any brand outside of that was just accessories.

Natalie: I think that you should trademark that name ASAP!  People who do not like to put in the work are always watching and thrive on watching what creative people are doing for personal gain to steal ideas! 

Did you get to attend any shows during NYFW?  If so which designers do you have your eyes on?

Jack Knight: I was in N.Y but only attended a few private events I like some of Neil Barretts collection, I like Virgils off-white brand, Louie Vuitton.

Natalie: What is your key to longevity?

Jack Knight: Laser focus and recognizing opportunities through hunches and downloads from my higher self. Being quite and listening is the key to my longevity.  I also know how to sharpen my saw when its time to hustle and get money.  I took classes on screenwriting…..Learned to speak some Chinese….learned about coding and building websites….social media marketing…etc……In between life and jobs you have to constantly sharpen your saw as explained in Dr. Stephen Covey’s book “7 habits of Highly effective people!”

Natalie: What was the hardest project that you’ve worked on?

Jack Knight: I would say the “Biggie Duets” album!   When your writing hooks for a hip hop legend who has passed away…thats a tremendous amount of pressure.  Thats the most pressure that I’ve ever put on myself to be perfect.  It definitely was an out of body experience connecting with Biggie’s lyrics and songs under new beats and hooks.  It was more spiritually challenging then anything.

Natalie: Favorite memory of creating a project?

Jack Knight:  My favorite memory is working On Jayz’s American Gangster album….the 20 hooks I wrote for the Song “American Dreaming” were never used, but working with him and Beyoncé for one week straight was an amazing experience for me.  Seeing Jay-Z rapping the words to me and Beyonce eventually coming in to help me with some words was legendary.  We had some issues writing over Marvin Gayes Sampled backgrounds…eventually I just did backgrounds and Jayz rapped the hook….but it was still fun for me.   All of Carl Thomas’s projects were fun for me…Diddy’s albums….Lil’ Kims albums…etc..

Natalie: Current Playlist?

Jack Knight: I mostly listen to my own music ……but I love SZA….HER…Drake…..Kendrick Lamar….Azaelia Banks….and a ton of indie artist and bands.

Natalie: What are you currently working on!

Jack Knight: I’m currently working on a Top secret project involving my company the Jack Knight Creative Lab.

It will push the envelope on how people Create, Listen and Connect for years to come.  Stay Tuned.

NYC needs a Jack Knight Day to celebrate Jacks’s achievements! 

Click here for my favorite Jack Knight songs on iTunes!

Karl Lagerfeld

I wore my Milky Way Runway Boots when I received my Boston Fashion Award!

 

My memories of Karl Lagerfeld date all the way back to my early childhood growing up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada watching Fashion Television!  My first fragrance that my mother purchased for my birthday was Chloe Fleur De Narcisse! I thank him for breaking all of the rules and creating a standard to which we all swear by!  My Chanel collection has become even more special!

Louis Vuitton presents Virgil Abloh 2019

Virgil Abloh Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandouliere 50 if you would like to order one of these I have colleagues in various Louis Vuitton boutiques that I will refer you to!  

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton Ceramic Necklace

Virgil Abloh the creator of Off White is now the Artistic Director of menswear for Louis Vuitton.  His fashion influence on luxury street wear culture rewarded him greatly in this highly coveted position.   I look forward to seeing what 2019 will bring for the rest of us who work in luxury fashion.  Here are my must have looks from Virgil’s Louis Vuitton  Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence Collection.

Photos are from the Louis Vuitton website

 

 

Aaliyah 40th Birthday

My favorite Aaliyah album cover

 

Wardrobe for her “Try Again” video

On what would have been Aaliyahs 40th birthday I wanted to post my favorite Aaliyah photos and songs in no particular order!  Her street but chic style is still unmatched and her presence and talent is missed!  She continues to inspire many of us and this post is my thank to her for her contribution to fashion, music and movies!

 

Luxshop4u featured Stylist at Liberty Hotel

Chainmail look photo captured by Ryan Lewis.

 

Photo captured by Ryan Lewis.

 

Bold Gold photo captured by Ryan Lewis.

 

Emerald City Gold inspired by the Wiz October 24th 1978 photo captured by Ryan Lewis. 

 

Catherine from Dynasty Models, photo captured by Ryan Lewis.

 

Photo captured by Wasyl Durand.

 

 

Photo captured  by Wasyl Durand

 

 

 

1970s inspired jumpsuit

 

Emerald fringe dress

 

 

 

 

Photo captured by Wasyl Durand

 

 

Click this Youtube Link About Me!

I love the 1970s and I styled my Grand Finale look to represent my love for it.  I was asked to style Fashionably Late at Liberty Hotel Boston, my inspiration for this show was Emerald City Sequence from the movie The Wiz!  The Emerald City Sequence relates to me and the ever changing rules and world of fashion!  During the musical the Wiz commands fashion trends and colors that the civilians need to wear, here is my homage to the film and fashion of the cult classic that debuted on October 24th, 1978.  My day consisted of text and calls from my clients who are performers, they were anxious for my show and also wanted me to walk to get ready for their upcoming performances.  5 models from Dynasty Models and 15 looks styled by me, Natalie Mason, for my company Luxshop4u. Photographers were  Ryan Lewis and Wasyl Durand

If your brand or store would like me to feature their products on my clients who perform, attend awards or fashion shows submit your looks to me here! 

Thank you to my friends, colleagues and clients from Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Neiman Marcus, Kava, and Jimmy Choo. My friends that helped me behind the scenes I thank you with all my heart!  The celebrities who lent their support I thank you!

Looks for my Grand finale were from Christian Louboutin, Saint Laurent, Beauty Line Boston and my hair was styled  Shellee Mendes for hair Salon Monet.  Jewelry and other looks were sourced from various retailers.

Liberty Hotel Fashionably Late Styled by Luxshop4u

My client International Singer Vivian Sessoms photographed by celebrity photographer Keith Major, styled by Natalie (Luxshop4u) makeup by Feliciagtheartist.

 

I am happy to be in Boston and available to style Fashionably Late this Thursday, December 6th at the Luxurious Liberty Hotel.  Admission to the fashion show is free and the show begins at 10 pm!  I hope to see my Boston community out this Thursday, take some great photos of the show of you and your friends and email me!  I would love to repost them Natalie@Luxshop4u.com 

Liberty Hotel is located at 215 Charles St, Beacon Hill, Boston, Ma, 02114 617-224-4000 www.Libertyhotel.com

Fashionably Early Pre-Fix Dinner at Clink $55.00 per person for reservations Email: Fashion@libertyhotel.com

Thank you to everyone helping me out that night, Hair by Shellee Mendes and Shay for Salon Monet. Some wardrobe pieces provided by Beautyline Boston.  Dressing the models with me behind the scenes Frances, Trianna, Kellee, Naj.

About Me:http://luxshop4u.com/celebrating-the-creator-of-luxshop4u/

MCM Wizpak

 

 

Before this product was made available on November 8th it was in my hands and available for my clients to purchase! Reference my instagram page

 

My best practice is to take photos and email my clients as soon as a new product is available.

 

Side view of the WizPak

 

 

 

Earlier in the year I was one of the first experts in the world to learn about the MCM’s celebration of Hip Hops 45th anniversary from a corporate MCM rep.  I was also told to expect to see more product from Celebrity Stylist Misa Hylton and a major celebration with women in Hip Hop.

The MCM X Wizpak backpack has a charger included, and guarantees 14 hours of playback.  The products in this photo is  $1,850.  If you like to purchase the best before anyone else I recommend that you shop with a luxury professional like myself to ensure that you will be ahead of the trend.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Natalie

To book Personal Shopping and Styling Services email me:

Natalie@Luxshop4u.com

Nominated for a second Boston Fashion Award

 

 

Location 5001 Flavors for Belinda’s Bridal Dress Fitting

 

Leopard Dolce and Gabbana Bustier

I would like to thank GOD, my family and the Boston Fashion community for recognizing my contribution in the fashion industry!   Thank you to my international clients for taking my companies name worldwide!  I received my first Wardrobe Stylist Award last year and I am proud to announce that I am nominated again for the Boston Fashion Awards!  You can vote for me, Natalie Mason (Natalie Lux)  by clicking HERE!  

Styled by Natalie

 

Sonic Soul Reviews

 

 

Photoshoot with famed photographer Keith Major

 

Client singer, song writer and music producer Vivian Sessoms voice can be heard with the greats Cher, P!nk, Michael Jackson, Patti Austin, Donna Summer, Sinead  O’Connor, Stevie Wonder, P.Diddy, Lalah Hathaway and many more.

Stone Designer Dawn Carroll for Chronicle on WCVB

Dawn Carroll is a stone designer and fabrication consultant to New England’s most prestigious builders, interior designers and architects.

*On this night her photo was also featured on Getty Images.

Belinda Munro-Gardner is an international singer performed for Presidents, Prime Ministers, her voice was supported on many tours including Wynton Marsalis Jazz at Lincoln Centre Abyssinian Mass Choir tour and is the  Co-founder of Jazz Houston.

Vincent Gardner is a 2 time Grammy nominated artist, musician and lead trombonist with the Jazz At Lincoln Center.  He has composed many bodies of work for Jazz at Lincoln Center and currently is the Director of the Jazz At Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra.  When he is not on tour with JALC, the Co-founder of Jazz Houston curates and performs with the Jazz Houston Orchestra!

I accepted an opportunity to co style over 10 choreographers for their tour campaign.

 

Choreographers who are on stage with the biggest talent in the music industry! I accepted the opportunity to co style this photoshoot.

I have many more photos and several other clients, many of which I signed a non disclosure for and cannot post!   Grateful to see my work Internationally!

Email me to book my styling or promotion services Natalie@Luxshop4u.com

Photoshoot

Photoshoot in Nahita restaurant

 

It is always great to be on set with wonderful, energetic people! Thank you to Janelle Woods-Mcnish for choosing my styling service for your photoshoot with Boston Common Magazine.  While I cannot show you what she wore just yet, I’ll show you the shoes that I pulled for today by Tori Soudan.