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DULUTH - Born and raised in the Twin Ports, Halo Smith knew from an
early age that music was going to play a huge role in his life.
"It was something I was addicted to. I did it all the
time at home and then I started actually getting asked to sing at other
churches in the area on the spot, prepared sometimes," said Jesse “Halo”
Smith, a musician from Duluth.
But it was dance, not vocals where his talent first caught
the eye of professionals, making a move to California soon after college.
"At first I never really thought of it that way. I know
I loved doing it but after a few times of people coming up to me and asking me
would this be something you'd like to do. I just said you know what I think I’m
going to try," said Smith.
Halo worked with talented artists while in Los Angeles,
making contacts along the way, but decided coming home and back to his roots
was his true calling.
"I wanted to reach some people and inspire some people
to not give up on themselves through my music and that has actually been my
fuel ever since I came home. It's honestly, as cliché as it sounds is the
reason I do what I do," he said.
Halo is working on recording his debut album, "One of One",
but has found it difficult to finance the project. But, with the help of Kickstarter
, an online funding platform for creative projects, that's where he says you
He said, "Kickstarter requires you to clearly lay out
what your money's being used for and if you don't hit your goal, those that
have pledged money don't have to pay anything."
Donors are given incentives like signed CDs to private
concerts. By doing it the hard way, Halo says he isn't bound to the demands of
big record labels.
"I don't want anybody to have control of quote on quote
my image or what I stand for or what I sing about. I do music because I want to
reach people not because I want to sing about the money I don't have,"
Halo hopes by reaching his goal of making an album a
reality, he can help build a culture of free thinking musicians in the Northland.
"Duluth, Superior, Cloquet, Virginia, Hibbing, I mean
there's a lot of talented people in this area. They're just looking for an
opportunity and I really want this Kickstarter program more than anything, to
give them an opportunity more than myself," he said.
To date, Halo has raised $3,316. He needs $10,000 by 1:03
p.m. on Monday Nov.12 in order to make the album. To donate to the cause, check out this link on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1067676584/halo-muzics-debut-album-one-of-one