While you may not know the name Cruz Rock, you definitely know Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson. The dynamic duo teamed up to host a singing competition to find the next big thing in the music industry, and that’s where the Cruz Rock name comes in. He is a reggae singer from the Virgin Islands and hopes to make a name for himself in business by winning the “American Song Contest”. The premise was simple – 56 singers from every state, every region and county come together to sing and be judged by celebrities in the music industry until only one of them remains. Spoiler alert – the one left is AleXa from Oklahoma. Cruz Rock was eliminated early in the playoffs, but he remains proud of his work. Here’s what you need to know about the carrot optimist.
1. He is from the islands
His birth island is Saint Croix, which is part of the US Virgin Islands. However, it is also from many other islands as well. He has a lot of family members from other locations, including Puerto Rico and Vieques, but also from Trinidad and Tobago. He’s all over the place, and feels like a man of the islands in his own way.
2. His ethnicity is interesting
His heritage may be from everywhere, but his ethnicity is also from everywhere. His father is from Puerto Rico. His mother is from Trinidad and Tobago. He may be from St. Croix, but he is very consistent with the way his mother and father were raised and the life they led in their home countries.
3. It is in variety
What makes his music so unique is the fact that he loves to keep things real. He does things his own way and makes sounds that suit him. He doesn’t try to keep things in one small category as much as he works hard to focus on making sure he can go beyond what he wants to say exactly the way he wants to say it.
In an interview, he explained that he is a young man blessed with many talents. When he was only five years old, he knew where he wanted to take his talents and where he wanted them to shine more – the music industry. Most children at this age have no idea what they want to do with their lives, nor are they actually aware of their many talents.
5. He is very artistic
He said that as a child, he was exceptionally talented in terms of his artwork as well. He can draw anything he puts in his mind, and he can also draw anything he puts in his mind. Whether he saw it or simply imagined it, he could bring it to life on a piece of paper.
6. He’s a pianist
His father taught him to play the piano, which is another talent he must offer. He wasn’t quite as young when he learned to play the instrument as he was when he was painting. However, his desire to learn to play is something he credits with teaching him how to produce.
7. He went to college
His mom thought college was something he needed to do for himself, so he did just that. He was able to get a scholarship to CCAD, which is Columbus College of Art and Design. If you are interested in the arts, you know that this is a private institution in Ohio that is considered one of the best art schools in the country.
8. Become a star
In his own words, he became a star in Ohio and then in other states while in college. He also said that it took him to go to college to find his courage and actually perform on stage. Then he started singing in other states, but still finds himself a star in Ohio.
9. He wants you to know where to find his music
His music has appeared in films and he has also worked with other acts like Benny Man (a Jamaican dancehall artist who made some songs people remember back in the ’90s, but is best known as a DJ). His music was also featured in “Los Domirriquenos 2,” which, according to Rotten Tomatoes, grossed only $1.2 million at the box office and had a critical review of “frustrating, unfunny, and disappointing.”
10. He considers himself an introvert
He said that if he had to label himself, he would be an introvert. He says he’s usually the quiet guy and not the talkative guy. On that note, he also enjoys quiet activities like meditation and yoga as well as basketball and kickboxing (on a less introverted scale).