Few words describe the album Proximus better than “the experience”; it is nothing short of just that. What makes this project so unique is that music and lyrics were priority number two; action was priority number one. The Proximus experience began in 2006 with focused – daily service to a specific people group: the young and incarcerated. The result of this service was UNDERSTANDING. I, Proxy, began to identify with young – locked down people as a supporter, not an artist. I began to see the world through their eyes, not mine. I listened and watched. Through continued service, my perspective grew and songs began to take shape. As each song was created, solutions came to heart. Meaning I wrote songs that I planned to re-enforce with sustained action.
During the writing process, I began an intense study of the book of Acts, which details the experiences of young, and in many cases, incarcerated young people as well. Although they were confined for different reasons, this study, along with service, seamlessly resulted in Proximus (tracks 1 through 15). This is extremely important because it implies three key things. First, that each song is truly relatable and transferable, because it’s not written from a single person’s perspective. Second, this album has the potential to shine a light in a dark place for those who have never seen the world from this vantage point. It also brings a new perspective to those who live it everyday. Third, all of the creativity is supported by a real – lasting plan of service, which has and will continue to directly involve me. I am putting walk to my talk. For these reasons Proximus is not being called just an album, but an innovation. And it is the first of many from the new and surprising Group Vigilant.
I hope you take off at track number one and don’t come down until number fifteen. From So Many Reasons, to Make It Pop, I enjoyed every minute of innovation. So without further ado, welcome to the Proximus experience… buckle up!
released July 7, 2009
Production: Decap, Dirty Rice and Boogi
Featuring: Tammy Brown, Abner Ramirez, Joint Heirs, Shonlock, Curtis Scott, Mario Moore, Jason Eskridge, Pettidee, Verbs, Darlene McCoy, Sahada, DJ Promote
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