"A dream doesnt become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work."
More than a decade ago, my second-born's middle school buddy - named Scotty - told her that someday he would be a famous rapper and his stage name would be Ska-T.
Now, pretty much every kid in America dreams of becoming a rock star.
Or a professional athlete.
Or an astronaut.
Or in the case of some overachievers, all three.
But here's the thing. Scotty did not just sit around dreaming.
After getting the practical aspects of his adult life together, he got to work on making his dream come true. For the past year, Ska-T has been recording music, performing at clubs around Seattle and perfecting his art.
Here are a few shots from last week's show at The Jet:
Artistically speaking, Ska-T describes his style as a high-energy and unforgettable blend of Hip-Hop and Reggae with hard hitting, faced paced flows and laid-back tropical vibes.
You can pretty much smell the Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion and feel the sand between your toes as you listen.
Ska-T boasts a commanding stage presence far beyond his experience, and uses wardrobe changes, logos,, props and giveaways to engage the crowd on multiple levels.
He also taps into some family talents: that's his dad, the legendary Conman, on drums, and his brother - aka Twisted Chich - waving the Jolly Roger for all he's worth.
A multisensory feast for any music aficionado, Ska-T entertains across a broad spectrum and is well worth a listen.
And I'm not just saying that because he's my friend and former student.
Or because his mother is my BFF.
Or even because I am a sucker for all things Jamaican. I mean come on, that bobsled team..
I support and encourage Ska-T because I believe in the power of dreams coming true. And I'm fiercely proud of Scotty - the man behind the music - for putting in the sweat, determination and hard work required to make it happen.
Photo credits to Heidi who always, always has her camera pointed in the right place at the right time. <3