Grammy Award Winner Shaggy Shares Why Mentoring Matters
With a commanding presence, a distinctive voice that is recognizable throughout the world Grammy Award winner, Shaggy is a force to be reckoned with. After rocking out with us on the Big Night 2015 stage, he took a moment to talk about the importance of mentoring and why more people should step up and make a difference in their communities.
Did you have a mentor growing up? Who was it and how did they impact your life?
My mentor growing up was Maxi Priest. Being a performer in the Music business before me, he showed me the ropes of how to be an artist and what it entails.
How have you found ways to be a mentor in your life?
Coming from a tight-knit community in Jamaica so many look at me and what I do as an inspiration. It’s so important for me to not only give back but also help in making dreams come true. My music company is on the forefront of helping artists and musicians develop in a functional entity.
Why do you think adding a little is so important to our communities?
We all have to pitch in. I don’t want to wait, but rather just react to the need and hopefully we all can make a difference.
Why did you choose to perform at Big Night for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay?
The greatest influence is young people. I am involved with the children’s Hospital in Jamaica, and Big Brothers Big Sisters is the next step up. So often I see kids get better but don’t get to see beyond, but Big Brothers Big Sisters is the beyond.
If you could share one piece of advice with a child that would help them for the rest of their lives, what would it be?
Follow your dream, work hard, and be all you can be.
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