Bringing Down the House: Making Dreams Come True
May 16, 2017
Raheem Maughn, known as JVOTI by his stage name recently crushed it at Houston’s Bringing Down the House at the House of Blues on April 18th. He actually did so well that he received the opportunity to open just last week (May 9, 2017) for Wale’s “The Shine” tour through an opportunity made available by a panelist who saw him at the showcase!
We are proud to say that Bringing Down the House stages are giving our youth a platform to shine. These stages are putting them in the right spaces to showcase their unique talent while empowering them to take advantage of invaluable opportunities to network with entertainment industry professionals.
Here you can get to know JVOTI, our Bringing Down the House 2017 Alumni who recently experienced this once in a lifetime opportunity. Special thanks to Devin Bettineschi for being a part of the Bringing Down the House program and believing in our young artists.
Tell us about who you are as an artist and what inspires YOU.
I’m just a kid who decided to channel my overly zealous feelings and put them in a song. I find that I resonate more with a person’s vibe and frequency through music and overall I just love to entertain people.
Inspiration for me comes in many forms; whether it’s the admiration or characteristics in someone such as their dedication…even something as simple as a question as to why something is the way it is…and then being aware of the feeling that question creates. One of my most inspiring moments is knowing that I don’t know everything and knowing that it is alright to not know, or to ever know in the first place. It is the driving source of my music, being aware but not worrying about the next day.
In the meantime I believe you should just enjoy yourself and with my music, “just vibe out to it.”
What drew you to the Bringing Down the House Program?
What was your favorite experience and/or lesson during Bringing Down the House?
Were there any key relationships or connections that you were happy to make?
I love the idea of developing partnerships over networking because in my head it is more “what can I do for you” than “what can you do for me.” I personally feel this mindset speaks a lot about your character and how you are willing to put others first and selflessness goes a long way.
How did your opportunity to open for Wale come about?
Tell us about your experience opening for Wale!
I’m a firm believer that as long as you put in the work before, you’ll be ready for any opportunity that will come your way. I was ready and prepared and received great response from the crowd especially from my song “What You Need.” [on http://soundcloud.com/jvoti/what-you-need]
I taught the crowd the hook and they sang it back the whole performance so that was an amazing experience. And it’s only the beginning!