Heistheartist (He Is The Artist) is an American Christian singer-songwriter from Central Islip, NY. Formerly a secular neo-soul singer signed to “Bentley Records” under his biological name “LeeMann Bassey,” Heistheartist discovered that his true calling was with the Lord after hearing an inspiring sermon by TD Jakes online one day. That day he was inspired to teach the world about the Lord, like TD Jakes did with his Sermon, but through music.
His single, “Boom (Remastered)” hit #1 on the Christian/Gospel charts in South Africa. New EP, “Roots” drops on November 27th.
Tell me a little bit about your background and how you ended up choosing your field.
I was actually discovered on Instagram singing covers one day by a producer in my hometown. He loved what he heard and invited me to come down and record my first single named “Honey”.
What made you take the leap into music?
I prayed about it and God gave me the gut feeling that music was the right way to go.
What were the biggest initial hurdles to and how did you overcome them?
Knowing how to market my music definitely was a challenge. The learning curve is steep, but watching YouTube videos on the topic really helped put me on the right track for success as a singer.
What are 3 tips you can share with our readers as it relates to your industry?
0. Be persistent
0. Always follow your gut instinct
0. Know your biggest critic is yourself
How do you differentiate yourself from others in your field?
Being myself is how I differentiate myself. God created us all uniquely, and I let God’s greatness shine.
What was the biggest business mistake you made and what did you do to learn from it?
I signed a bad music licensing contract that I was only able to get out of by a technicality. I learned that those type of opportunities will come when I’m ready for it and to not rush the process.
How did you deal with push back from family or friends concerning your music pursuits?
I simply distanced myself from all family and friends and focused on myself and my goals.
What advice would you give to someone asking for advice about becoming a success like you?
To not try to be like me. Be like yourself and let your uniqueness shine through.
What would you say was the single most influential factor in success?
Believing in yourself, because if you don’t then no one else will.
Name 3 people in the world who inspire you the most?
0. Serena Williams
0. Lebron James
0. Michael Phelps
What 3 books would you recommend every entrepreneur read?
0. The Bible
0. The Secret
0. The Art Of Happiness
What do you do to recharge when you are feeling drained?
I sit outside in nature and meditate. Nature is truly healing.
If you had to pick a charity to give to, who would it be and why?
“One Tree Planted” because planting more trees is crucial. The world’s ecosystem is a due to centuries of deforestation and it’s crucial that we do our share in reviving it.
How do you think technology will affect the way we do business 10 years from now?
More web based businesses im sure will arise. This CoronaVirus pandemic definitely spearhead the virtual extinction of the brick and mortar business.
What is the one mantra that you live your life by?
Trust in God and he will show you the way to success.
How can you be reached if someone is interested in your products or services?
On my Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/SignedLoveTheArtist