For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been doubted. I’ve been frowned upon, I’ve been forgotten and I’ve been the outcast. Through it all, I think what motivates me is having the chance to not only represent myself and show the world my talents but to represent the forgotten. Essentially, I want to be known as a voice for the voiceless. I don’t like to be boxed into a certain genre or have a certain label. I didn’t expect my life to go the way it’s been, but I know it’s all God’s plan. He has a plan for all of us and I feel like it’s imperative for us to explore the life God has in store for us. I believe we should discover our ministry. Music is a ministry for me, it’s therapeutic, and I don’t know what I would do without it. Beyond my ambitions of becoming a legend and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I think it's more important for me to connect with everyone around me. Ultimately, if I died tomorrow, I’d want people to know that I was a good person, a creator, and if I don’t change the world I want to influence the ones who will.
Yanni Michael Outerbridge is junior studying communication