Monday, 16 July 2018

A #SpecyalOpinion - Fisher Price Promises: Current Climate of the Music Industry!


There's a growing epidemic going on in the music industry, that's seeing various "promoters", "bookers", "managers", "label execs" etc. brainwashing artists and musicians alike into believing that their "services" are the "industry standard" and have been for decades. In reality, these people have typically been defrauded themselves in whatever area they were working in within music, and sadly they continue to add to these disgusting practises. They're choosing to go down this slimy road, instead of moving forward positively, working to help diminish those wrong-doers, they turn into one themselves convincing others this is the only way in this music society.

As the story goes, their shiny websites tell a compelling story of their colourful music background and the many household names they've had the pleasure to work with and/or help shape into the artists and musicians we've all come to love...and more importantly who you, the hopeful artist reading this, will natural become if you are fortunate enough to get chosen by them. Legendary venues who's stages are layered with years of the sweat and success of iconic artists, and you too could be part of these amazing legacies. Oh, but there's some fine print there...look a little closer. What? A (supposed) small fee? Oh don't worry that's just an "investment" into your career. During a very not-so-informative call, they try and assure you that working with them will transform your career and definitely take it to the next level. Don't focus on the payments, focus on the bulls*it advice that is being so generously shared with you. After asking a few poignant questions regarding their "services" and how they will actually help to move your career forward, they reply with "what's your draw?" "Are your social media numbers high enough?" Because an artist's actual talents as a vocalist, musician, performer etc. are basically of non-importance in today's current climate. When you reply with, "look at my live videos, those numbers equal my draw", they now feel backed into a corner and their promoter side comes out with "How many actual people can you bring out to fill my venue?" Because having a full house buying your food and drink is obviously way more important then the musical entertainment. I'm "hiring" you to do a service for me, but unlike the bouncers, bartenders, cooks, servers etc. you won't be paid your deserved fee...well maybe we can split the door with the split favouring the house although we both know the clientele are there to hear the live music you're providing...with most being friends and family of yours. So what's the point? "It's for exposure!" They say semi-confidently but you quickly take the wind out of their sails by stating "that's what social media is for though, I get global exposure daily!" Suddenly they've run out of tricks in their bag-o-bogus and now annoyingly state "That's how I get paid!" Without realizing it, they've just exposed their own fraud, plus so many others! The true purpose behind all of this, is for them to make money. This doesn't have anything to do with the love of music, as they all always claim. Being there for you the artist, because just like you, they are or were one too. It's solely about them alone. It has now even spread to once legit artists as well. Some of them are acting so desperate, that they're taking on any roles that are the flavour of that week or month, and claim they are this to get funds for themselves. Music education is getting hit hard currently with non credentialed "teachers" taking parents money and only teaching their children very bad habits...that will only have to be un-taught and re-taught properly later on. By that point everyone is over it, and they give up on it altogether. #SuchAShame

These fraud baths are beyond dirty and need to be stopped once and for all! Yes these deplorable practices have been going on for way too long, but that doesn't make them legit! The truth will always come to light. Let's finally all work together and take back the industry. Legit artists getting legit pay for their music services. How about going back to auditioning and letting them earn their spot instead of "gifting" it to them based on social media algorithms Their gifts and talents will fill the seats naturally. Don't let this eyeless tunnel vision keep going on, stop turning a blind eye.
That's just my #SpecyalOpinion 😎





Tuesday, 15 May 2018

This Is Not Morning Sickness, This Is Beyond! HG Awareness Day!




It’s been just a little over a year since T’s baby girl Tionne past away in part due to the disease known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As more awareness is gained, it’s important to also realize that it’s more than just the woman / mother who’s affected; it’s the whole family. You rarely hear from the man / dad’s perspective as the focus is naturally on the woman and the baby she’s carrying. With men feeling helpless and potentially being told their feelings and what they’re going thru while watching their partner suffer don’t matter, it can make most not want to be vocal in any way. Today Mr Specyal is candid with his experiences thru both of T’s pregnancies of their two daughters. To all the HG Moms and families around the world, please know you’re all in our thoughts and prayers. Happy HG Awareness Day! #BlessUp #TionneTuesday #RestInPowerTionne

Monday, 19 March 2018

Side Effects (Official Music Video)





Side Effects is a true story discussing the daily struggle of what a pregnant mom goes through when suffering from the debilitating effects of the potentially life threatening disease known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). HG is characterized by severe nausea and vomiting, dehydration and extreme weight loss. "Side Effects" is the lead single off my latest EP "Tionne" which is a tribute to my baby girl who passed away last year in part due to this. #RestInPowerTionne

Help support the movement and spread more awareness by sharing this with everyone in your life as it effects 1 in 4 females regardless if they've given birth before or not. 1 in 3 babies sadly don't make it home. Also please visit The HER Foundation site http://www.hyperemesis.org for more information and to also donate to help further education and research. Currently there is no test to detect this and there is no cure. #HGTruth Thank you in advance! 

Video Director: Manee Osman of Misplacd Frams
Cinematographer: Aubrey Reid
Shot At: Digital Canaries Studios
Music Production By: Eamonn Foley
Written By: Trish Hylton
Make Up By: Valentina Razumovskaya

Tionne EP available now on iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/tionne-ep/1296415024











Saturday, 3 February 2018

These Side Effects Are Blurring Me...



I recently shot my 8th music video for my new single "Side Effects" off my latest EP "Tionne" This song and album mean a great deal to me as this whole body of work is a tribute to my late daughter Tionne and our HG (hyperemesis gravidarum) journey. On set was a mix of emotions with the performance part being the hardest. The video will be done in a couple weeks. I also recently did a PSA on HG awareness. 1 in 4 women will be affected, and 1 in 3 babies born to women who've had HG sadly won't make it home. Check it out HERE and please share! Thanks In Advance :) 

Monday, 24 April 2017

A Specyal Due Date / Tionne EP #MusicMonday



Today was my original due date and it's crazy to think that my baby girl arrived over a month ago now! Although I'm basically healed from the after birth portion, I'm still recovering from the HG side of things; as some foods and smells I'm getting re-accustomed to and some I won't ever be able to tolerate again! The multiple scars on my body, some I may have for life and the severity of my weight loss. It'll take three years, a far cry from the 6 weeks doctors usually give for a non-cesarean birth *sigh* This is my second time around and although I've experienced some things with this disease previously, this pregnancy was a lot harder even the last weeks and the delivery were very traumatic!

As most of you know after Tionne was born she immediately was rushed to the NICU at Sick Kids due to her being a preemie but she also had a condition that made it very difficult for her to breath. She not only made it through the night, which most of the medical staff weren't sure if she would make it that first night, she fought for 17 days total. Due to a complication with her lungs (which surgery could not fix) we sadly had to say goodbye. She is now at peace but naturally life will never be the same and our family would love nothing more than to have her here in the physical!

Most look at us and say how sad you only had your youngest daughter for just a little over two weeks and never got to bring her home. The truth is she was home for a whole 8 months prior to that. We spent Xmas together last year, Mr Specyal's cake day before that, my cake day and even my oldest daughter's as we were all in Jamaica then - although no one believed I was in fact pregnant yet lol. The point I'm making here is she was very much alive, yes unborn but alive none-the- less. We all developed personal relationships with her. Watching her older sis interact with her and how she would always respond to her, they actually would dance together a memory I will cherish for always!

Unfortunately there are still a lot of questions surrounding Tionne's condition and why exactly all this happened. My other half and I have continually done research and signs are fully pointing towards there being a direct link to HG. We have become strong advocates to help raise awareness because currently there still is not a test to detect it and there is no cure! Most people really don't understand that if you're planning on starting or expanding your family, whether this will be your first child or not, HG does not discriminate. It truly does not care what you have already gone through, no one is immune! Only about 2% of women in Canada will experience this and I, the Specyal one that I am, hit the HG lottery twice! Doctor's have told me there are contributing factors that could help in being a non-official way to see if you could be at risk. It's hereditary your mother also suffered from it, or your own health isn't very good and could be a factor. Both of these categories I did not fall under and still had back to back times with it. *Insert shock face here!*

With going through this experience again and after seeing not only family and friends and friends of friends still being so unaware and naive to this condition but also medical professionals not even really listening most of the time. Throwing some drugs at it like a quick fix, I decided I need to speak up in a more profound way. My next release (which I'm working on currently) is going to be an EP entitled "Tionne" and I actually started writing it when I was 7 + months along. I was having extreme pain in my uterus which was not normal by any means and it was becoming increasingly hard to breath. This lasted up to and through delivery (two liters of fluid came out of me before the pressure came down and she came out; again not normal) I figured it would be cool to have most of the album written during the experience and then with the final song coming after her birth. As fate would have it I ended up only getting two written as she came very early. Not only is this an EP telling the story of my 2nd pregnancy specifically and what my family has gone through but also the life of an HG mom and family in general. Not enough of us fully speak up about it and if so maybe only to close friends / family or other HG families as it's more comfortable with no judgement passed.

With only 17 days on the earth, Tionne has touched so many lives, she's brought us into contact with people that we'll love, respect and cherish for life! Although so young, she showed such a maturity in her strength and perseverance. She definitely was an angel on earth and I'm so very thankful and blessed to have been chosen to be her mom! Tionne I Love You For Always 

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

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Friday, 5 February 2016

Birthday C.A.K.E. / Happy New Year!


Happy New Year #Specyalites :) I hope y'all are having a great 2016 so far! Wow already one month down! 








On January 10th I was Live @ The Tennessee with my band Chasing Sunday. I met a new fan (Lubo) and even posed for a photo in the middle of my set. #CusIAmSpecyal :)



I celebrated my CAKE DAY on the 21st! I definitely had a great day and I'm so very blessed to see a next year! I enjoyed my cake naturally in all its forms :) Thank you all for the many wishes, it means a lot!






Recently I signed a new management deal. This new collaboration will hopefully lead to many great opportunities for my career advancement over the coming year. Stay tuned!