Here’s to 2018!

Here’s to 2018…

Aloha Friends and Family!

I hope that this finds you well as we wrap up the year and 2017 comes to a close. Can’t believe how quickly another year has flown by!

First off, I want to extend my sincere gratitude to you, from the bottom of my heart, for all the love and support you have shown throughout this journey. Choosing to do music full-time as a self-managed, independent music artist has been a dream come true for me, yet along with it comes a very demanding lifestyle, and it often feels like there are a million moving parts that I’m always trying to keep up with. The struggle has been real…balancing family time, juggling schedules, being the best husband, father, son, and friend as possible; all while keeping up with the music career’s travels, business, and finances. There have been numerous times throughout the year where I’ve felt burnt out and questioned myself if this musical journey is the path that I should be taking, and if it’s the best choice for my family. However, through prayer, and with the support and encouragement of each of you, along with my family, I focused on the bigger picture and pushed through.

As an artist, I have always valued the importance of holding myself accountable by envisioning and setting “realistic” goals. Hard work, determination, motivation, consistency, and persistence were never compromised. It was instilled in me from a young age that, “Nothing is impossible…If you believe deep down inside, you can do anything, if you make up your mind.” I can humbly say that I have been blessed to accomplish many amazing goals that I’ve envisioned for myself, and its been an exciting ride.
For the past months, I’ve been in an uncomfortable space…nothing negative, just a feeling or calling “to do something different.” I actually had to stop and give my soul some breathing space. I allowed myself time to reflect on life, and to be more conscious of living in the moment. The difference that this outlook has made on my daily life has been truly amazing. All of my accomplishments as an international artist are great, but I have come to realize that it’s not everything that I imagined, or as fulfilling as I thought it would be.
I am in a season of my life journey right now where I realize that it doesn’t matter how many shows I’ve played, where in the world I’ve toured, what stages I’ve performed on, my accolades, recognition, the established people I know, hung out with, or performed with…As awesome and fun of a ride as it’s been, all of that is just temporary. What truly matters is really simple…for each of us to use our God-given gifts to love, inspire, encourage, empower and help each other in this walk of life. People don’t really remember your accomplishments, but they do remember how you make them feel…this is permanent.
WIth this, I am excited to share with you this new direction I will be taking in my musical journey. In 2018, I’ve decided to focus more on songwriting and music composition, and truly emote the message behind my music, with the goal of connecting and licensing my projects with Film, Television, Advertisements, Commercials, Trailers, Production, etc. This will allow me to be closer to home with my family…and I believe this is the next step in continuing my vision to inspire the world through my gift.
Even more exciting…I want you to be involved in this new journey and let’s make it happen together! I would love to connect with your ideas and feedback to write new songs and create engaging projects. My ultimate dream is to make it OUR dream…and this journey will no longer be my journey, but OUR journey.
I know that this new road I’m about to walk will not be easy, but with faith, hard work, and your continued love and support, I believe that THE BEST IS YET TO COME!
From the bottom of my heart…Thank You so much again for your time and sharing a part of your life with me. It truly means the world. Happy New Year to you and yours…Be well, be safe, and be loved…let’s make this year to come a Happy and Prosperous 2018!
Aloha and God Bless!
DS