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!

Soul songs with Danny Woods on the vocals to add to your playlist

Songs that everyone should have on their playlist!

Watch as Don Cornelius announces The Chairmen of The Board on Soul Train!

The person who posted this video did not put thre image of Danny Woods on it, instead by error you’ll see General Norman Johnson’s photo from the Give Me Just A Little More Time Music Video.

Music from Danny Woods highly coveted Aries album!

 

North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Chairmen Of The Board Exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

Brendas grandson Maxton is also a fan!

 

Brenda Harrelson-Staton friend of Danny Woods, went to the North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame and spoke with the Director of the museum in memory of him for January 12th!  When I asked for the Beach Music community to assist me in getting proclamations in each city where her performed Brenda stepped up to the plate and assisted with the City of Charlotte!  Im hoping to get all four of the proclamations added into the museum one day!

 

BostonMan Magazine

Strawberry Rosé Sangria

 

It was a rainy night in Boston I hopped off of the silver line from my luxury job and strutted across the street to Kings Dining & Entertainment for an exclusive invite-only to the BostonMan Magazine launch. I was greeted by a photographer who prompted me to take a photo on the event screen and later directed me to check in.  The room was filled with movers and shakers on the Boston scene, the conversations where full of excitement, hands decorated with after work cocktails and appetizers, the ambiance was spectacular!  It felt like my nights in New York and it felt great to have people out and mingling in Boston!  Thanks for inviting me!

Celebrating The Creator of Luxshop4u

I was recently celebrated in the Boston Voyager for The Thought-Provokers: Celebrating Artists & Creatives article.  I hope that you enjoy it.

 

 

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Mason Creator of Luxshop4u.

Natalie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.

Forward by International singer and co founder Belinda Munro of Jazz Houston.

“Natalie is a highly celebrated Stylist, and Luxury Personal Shopper amongst those in the know! Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Natalie’s discerning eye and love for fashion developed at a young age, when she would outfit her friends for their local performances. After leaving Canada and heading stateside, Natalie set her sights on a career as a fashion stylist. Natalie prefers to remain behind the scenes of many of her clients past and present, however her work has since been seen on countless stages, newsstands, events and red carpets.

She is often called upon to contribute her sought-after opinion to articles and feature stories thru ghost-writing, managing social media accounts, or lending her ear to Artists for PR.
With her keen eye for detail and fresh approach to styling, Natalie’s ability to simultaneously predict trends, and transcend them, has solidified her presence in this ever-changing entertainment industry.”

 

Can you give our readers some background on your art?

I am an award winning veteran luxury stylist with years of experience trained by the best in the fashion and fragrance industry and leading luxury retailers. I share what I know to your favorite people daily. I own a company Luxshop4u where I am booked for freelance styling services. I travel often and work with notable creatives from choreographers, photographers, singers and musicians. I sometimes lend my music ear to a Grammy nominated artist, ghost write and manage social media accounts and promote independent artists on my website https://luxshop4u.com
The message of my work is to enjoy each moment of the process and love what you do. I love to collaborate with others and due to the influx of questions that I receive on my instagram page @Luxshop4u I am available to host, make personal appearances for fashion and motivational events contact me to discuss fees.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?

No, I think that the role of the artist is just as important today as it was yesterday. Artist’s always have a way of expressing the truth, they have an ability to create change, freedom and healing!
My music choices, way of styling and dressing my clients change depending on the climate.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Support my work by sharing it, reposting it and referring me! Join my mailing list on my website www.Luxshop4u.com follow Instagram and Twitter page @Luxshop4u

 

Contact Info:
Website: https://luxshop4u.com
Phone: 1 (857)-400-0343
Email: CreatorofLuxshop4u@gmail.com
Instagram: @Luxshop4u
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Luxshop4u/
Twitter: @Luxshop4u

Thank you for interviewing me and sharing my work with your audience Eddie from Boston Voyager!

Fashion International Group Boston

 

 

Hello,

here is a repost of my Interview earlier this year. The original post was shared over 70 times and then my website crashed. Let’s continue to share it with others aspiring to work in the fashion industry! Thank you to my international supporters who post my work and direct fashion and music lovers to my website!

We had a chance to chat with FGI Boston Member, Natalie Mason and here is what we learned…

What is your profession / role in the fashion industry?
I was born into a family of tailors and artists so we always worked in the industry. My dad is an upholstery king in Toronto, Canada! I worked for various leading luxury brands in the fashion and beauty world and was trained by the finest houses. My current role in the fashion industry is curating scent and clothing wardrobes for my clients. When I am not styling my clients I write about and promote my talented family and friends on my website.

What is your personal philosophy about the fashion industry?
Study your craft, be true to yourself, wear what you love and make your own rules! i.e This year Disco is trending but in my world Disco is forever.

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment professionally?
My biggest accomplishment was styling singer/song writer and music producer Vivian Sessoms for Grammys 2018. She is responsible for many hits that you have danced or sing to, you also saw her on tour with your favorite artists from Cher and Pink to name a few. http://luxshop4u.com/vivian-sessoms-grammys-2018/ . I’m also excited about when I was selected at the Boston Fashion Awards as Boston’s top Wardrobe Stylist 2017 I was happy to be in great company with other successful Boston Stylists! I dedicated my award to my sister Pauline in heaven.

What inspires you?
Music, 1970’s fashion, and My loving family inspires me each and everyday! They are the most creative and fashionable people that I know! I am gearing up for my late father-in-law Soul Music Icon Danny Woods proclamation ceremony on March, 27th! After his death I wanted to put a smile on my grieving families faces, particularly my husband so I reached out to the music community, fans and mayors to help with this project and many others! So not only do we have one but we have 4 Proclamations in Atlanta, North Myrtle Beach and Charlotte North Carolina. PBS will be there to document this historic day! This week we contacted several media and music outlets to prepare for the week ahead! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1921554397879360&id=1201501463217994

We are so happy to have you be a part of FGI Boston!

To contact Natalie:
Email: CreatorofLuxshop4u@gmail.com
Instagram: @Luxshop4u
Twitter: @Luxshop4u
Website: www.Luxshop4u.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Luxshop4u/

www.Luxshop4u.com 

The Fusion King’s Album Private Celebration

Fusion Kings Private Celebration

 

I just got back from styling an out of State photoshoot for one of my clients!  Upon my return I met with The Fusion King’s Producer Jorge Milliano before he flew back to his new home Miami!  We talked about all things fashion and my exciting moment Meeting Fashion Icon Dapper Dan!  Over our celebration he gave myself and our private party a quick rundown of The Fusion King’s and other new  album/EP concepts!  You will be surprised by the homage that he pays by recruiting Reggaeton Pioneers and adding the new school artists!  He is also fusing up and coming artists from Panama and Cuba together on a track with artists from Puerto Rico into an explosive dancehall sound!

 

The Fusion Kings Cover ARt

May 5th is the date of this highly anticipated album release!

Pre order on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music April 28th,  in stores  and online on Cinco De Mayo (May 5th).  To preview a few songs from this album click here!

The Late Great Danny Woods

*Repost from January before my website crashed!

 

 

 

On the night of January12, 2018 the Heavens opened and Danny Woods entered, with his trademark smile and a peace that most can only wish to experience. Danny began his amazing journey in Atlanta, GA on March 27, 1942, the son of Daniel Woods, Sr. and Julia Dukes Woods. During his formative years, he strengthened his amazing voice and set the foundation for his faith while singing in the church choir. Along the way, he caught the eye of Gladys Knight and developed a friendship that resulted in taking his first step onto a stage and performing during one of her shows.

 

 

Possessing a strong desire to share his talents with the world, Danny left Atlanta and headed to Detroit. In Detroit, Danny befriended David Ruffin, later of the Temptations, Clyde Wilson, and Melvin Davis. With the talent this quartet possessed, forming a group was the only logical course.  They toured throughout Michigan, earning accolades from all who saw them. It was during this time that Danny also performed with Rare Earth and Aretha Franklin.  Danny and David took the next step and moved to New York to find fame. There Danny met his hero, the great Jackie Wilson. While in New York, Danny’s talent wasn’t lost on the greats of the time. Danny performed many times at the Apollo Theater with the likes of The O’Jays, The Spinners, The Stylistics, Manhattans, Wilson Picket, Jackie Wilson, and numerous other entertainers.

 

 

As word of his talent spread, his exposure increased and the number of fans skyrocketed. In 1967, when Holland/Dozier/Holland left Motown and established Invictus/Hot Wax record labels, they needed a flagship act with talent to spare and charisma like no other. That’s when they turned to Danny, General Norman Johnson, and Harrison Kennedy to be their premier talent as Chairmen of The Board. During this time, the Chairmen of the Board not only hit the airwaves but the charts as well.  With such hits as “Pay to the Piper” and “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” the Chairmen of the Board were featured on Don Cornelius’ “Soul Train.”  Riding on the tide of stardom, the members of Chairmen of the Board went on to do solo work with great success.  It was during this time that Danny appeared on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” and “The Johnny Carson Show.”

 

In the late 1970’s General Norman Johnson and Danny Woods made the decision to bring their dynamic energy and untouchable talent back to the Chairmen of the Board, and the legions of fans, awards, hits, and successes were boundless.  As one of the top entertainers in the Beach Music genre he helped to create, Danny Woods has been inducted into the North Carolina and the South Carolina Music Halls of Fame, both as a member of Chairmen of the Board and as a solo artist.  He received awards, accolades and recognition that went far beyond the dreams of the young boy in Atlanta, singing in the church choir.

 

 

Astoundingly, through all of the successes Danny enjoyed, he remained as he was in his youth.  Above all in his life was his devotion to his Heavenly Father and his faith.  He praised his Father for all that he had received in his life and recognized that his talent was a gift from God, a gift he loved to share with others.  When not performing or visiting with others, Danny could be found wetting a hook, either on a river bank or on a pier; it never mattered to him as long as he was fishing. He never outgrew his roots.   Offstage, he enjoyed the farm life, meeting people, making them smile, and leaving them with the love he had for all, spreading his love of Christ. His stage presence was larger than life, his energy infectious, and his personality endearing.  Many called him friend and reached to share a bit of his light.

 

 

When Danny went to his Heavenly home, he left behind his devoted wife, Elaine Woods, and his cherished children Cheryl Woods-Weaver, Bryan Mason, Kimberly Pleasant, Micah Woods, Shena Kiper, and Corey Gates. He is also survived by a sister, Patricia Dixon, a brother, Harvey Woods, ten grandchildren, a son in-law and a daughter-in-law and a precious little girl he held close to his heart, Julia. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his sons Danny and Aaron, and two loving and supportive wives, Alma and Sharon. Danny also left behind many fans and friends, as well as memories, music, and magic that only Danny could produce and that will live on in his many recordings and the hearts of all who knew him.

 

 

Luxshop4u Satisfied Clients

Luxshop4u Satisfied Customers Testimonials

“Natalie and I met at Fashion Group International in Boston and then for a styling tour to an upscale retailer. We talked about guess what? Fashion, color combinations, food and wine pairing, jazz and happy emotions – and how it all can be happily married in a harmonious composition.  Being an intuitive and meditative person myself, I was stunned by Natalie’s natural gift to create a beautiful harmonious composition out of so many elements, including outfits and shoes, music and perfume, food and drinks, all to create a cheerful experience.  The process itself was so uplifting, that I felt like celebration had started already!  Consciously or subconsciously,  Natalie picks elements that make you look and feel vibrant, elegant and happy.  And she has a great taste!  Good job! Thank you for all your help!”

Irina Gorbman
Artist and Lifestyle Designer

“Nat, you have an ear for music an eye of fashion and your food and cocktail pairings are always great! Nat, your double trouble!”

Jorge Milliano
Music Producer

“I wish that I could write the way you wrote! It takes a certain insight to write that way!”

Eban Brown
Former Lead Singer of The Stylistics

RSXGLD

 

 

 

 

Open letter to  BenjiRich Here is why Creatives like us need to own this album!

Saturday, November 11th,  after a long few weeks of meetings and ups and downs, my husband who was born and raised in the “D” switched our Sirius radio from talk radio to music per my request!   I hated much of what I heard so he continued to skim until we landed on Shade 45. That moment while I was venting about a situation something magical happened!  A song called True came on and I freaked out because I saw the name DJ ASSAULT (Huge fan of his music) then I read the other names Royce Da 5’9” (Detroit rap legend), RSXGLD, and JMSN.  Hubby and I immediately stopped talking and focused more on the Detroit catch phrases in the song.  Royce Da 5’9”  comes on and we both were geeked (Excited) because we do not hear many Detroit artist on the airwaves, or in the clubs aside from  Big Sean and Dej Loaf we immediately  wondered who was RSXGLD, when did this song come out and why are we just hearing their song TRUE!

 

 

True Featuring Royce Da 5’9″, JMSN, DJ Assault

 

 

 

Just as the song was coming to an end my husband said, “Nat,”  I wish they would have added some Jit to this song, as soon as my husband said, “Jit” the rhythm switched to 808’s and Detroit techno/Jit, we both were shouting as if our favorite athlete made a score!  The moment that rhythm changed it reminded me of when I lived in Toronto and had a girls weekend July 1st Canada Day and July 4th Independence Day with Ernestine to visit Nicole (Carlos Rogers cousin In-Law). That was the weekend Destiny’s Child had a concert and the Club was packed to see Beyoncé, Kelly, Latavia Roberson and Letoya Luckett.

It also brought me back to the days when I worked in Fairlane Mall at Coach with Tanya, Nakisha, Adriana, Deon, Kimica and Cyntara.  I enjoyed my days  living in Detroit and Farmington Hills driving Downtown Detroit on the Jefferson Freeway in the tunnel during 4th of July Weekend with my best friend Nicole.   After hours on the East Side where you can only get in with secret knocks on the door!  8 mile,  7 mile and SouthField Freeway,  Lodge 10 Freeway, Northland Mall, Wing Dings at Crystals, Fish Fry’s with our family, 2 for $60.00 Moët and Chandon, Better Made hot chips, and getting my hair done by Otha White.  While the visuals rapidly went through my mind of my time living in Detroit I quickly searched for the song on iTunes and tweeted about it before I started my shift at work!  Thank you Ro Spit and 14KT for painting beautiful memories with your words and for sharing your art with the world!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here I am today Sunday, November 12th

Listening to the entire album for the first time this morning and I realize why I am so drawn to it!  This album is the soundtrack to my current mood! It’s  a reminder to creatives like us to focus on what’s  important, do not get distracted by negativity and that steadfastness is key!  Spectators watch what you are doing, get inspired by it and create it for themselves without acknowledgment.   The spectators  don’t realize that when you finally reach your peak it’s because of all of the sweat, tears and endurance that it took. BenjiRich  the formula that we create remains silent, many won’t celebrate you when you get there and get uptight while  they watch you accomplish your dreams.  Check these songs out and let me know what you think!

My favorite songs were selected based on how it related to me and what I am going through on my path to greatness and dodging B.S

 

RSXGLD album are:

True 

“I laced them boot straps and got my ass up! I ain’t never going back”
Days and Nights of hard work and sacrifice!

“You reminisce I remember”
“N a product of Reganomics slaving for dollars”
The mentality that was forced on many and they were lost and turnt out!  In my current situation when people try to keep up with the Jones’s and do wicked things to take money away from some of us honest hard workers to pay the bills of what they tried to keep up with!

 

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Quotes that sound like Benji Rich and my conversation

“Like,  (blank) think,  (Blank) think we doing ish just to be doing it, like we ain’t got a method to it you feel?”  I will explain this to you via phone but I think that you already know how we get down like Voltron Phase 2 almost complete!

“For real this ain’t got nothing to do with us!  This coming from a higher place, that means there’s more at stake, so it’s more to hate! This ‘ish more than great!”  God bless us

I Believe

Belief in our visions and crushing our goals!

What’s Happenin’  Brutha
Anyone who lost a loved one will relate to this!  I remember calling insurance companies, the government and lawyers December 2007 when the tragedy in our family happened.

Thought Bubble

“We live next to the demons and heathens”

“The thoughts in my mind flying like a car with a drift”

Buy RSXGLD album now on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rsxgld/1274207602

Follow them on Instagram and Twitter  @RSXGLD

@Ro_Spit

@14KT

@Iamjmsn

@DJAssault

@RoyceDa59

@Rbenbanks on twitter and @BenjiRichDesigns on Instagram

@DetroitRap