Hometown: Los Angeles, California
“As far as I can remember, there was always Janet Jackson!” Damein exclaims as he recalls his start in music and performance. “ Pleasure principal and Rhythm Nation are my earliest memories of influence, my mother said I was obsessed with Jackson since the age of 2. I was always trying to learn the choreography and sing along while ruining the house furniture in my stunts.” Damein believes it was the love of dance and freedom he felt while performing that stayed in his mind and soul since the early discovery of those music videos.
Since the tender age of 4, Damein knew that life for him would involve music. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood’s backyard, he was surrounded by inspiration and ambition. Aware of his passion, Damein’s mother enrolled him in whichever music lessons his school would offer, hoping to shape his interests. With lessons in piano and violin, participation in school plays, and parts in both jazz and classical vocal ensembles, Damein eventually felt ready for a life and a career in music and began auditioning for major productions. Damein has appeared on Fox Network’s Big Bad BeetleBorgs and MTV’s Becoming (Usher and P. Diddy I Need a Girl) along with singing in stage and various independent productions. Since, Damein has studied music, vocal performance and media arts at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus in New York. There, he got his feet wet in video and music production, began taking dance classes and continued his studies in music. Now Damein continues to employ all the skills and talents he has acquired daily by seeking to perform in productions that align with the energy of his heart.
Damein dedicates his performances to:
My Mother, who taught me to be self sufficient, never settle and always go after what I want. For teaching me to learn and create my own way. For never judging me and allowing me to be me.
My Dad, R.I.P. for sitting me down at 8 years old and asking me to sing to him, he was my first real audience. He never knew how much that meant to me.
Janet Jackson, Rene Elizondo, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, for creating Rhythm Nation, such an influential and incredible body of work. Brian Mcknight, Brandy Norwood, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Mariah Carey and the many other artist who have provided such an outstanding foundation of work to pave the way for us as musicians and music lovers. I thank you, for without you, I’d be bored and/or studying law.