More than a decade ago I was fresh out of college and moonlighting as a stringer reporter for the local black newspaper. My editor called with an assignment to interview two little boys – brothers – from Rock Hill, South Carolina. Rudy and Patrick Currence were making music together and we wanted to share their cute story. We wanted to give them an opportunity to share their dream of becoming stars in the music industry. At the time I was writing the story I honestly didn’t think this was more than a nice local story about two kids with a dream (sorry Rudy).
I was so wrong.
Rudy and Patrick, who now goes by the name Mykal Star, have toured the world and worked with some of the industries biggest names.
Rudy has credits as writer and producer for R&B/Pop singers Mya; Ray J; “The Bourne Identity” starring Matt Damon; Hip Hop Producer David Banner; and multi-platinum Grammy and Emmy award-winning producer, Quincy Jones. He won 2013 Grammy and Dove Awards for his production on Lecrae’s “Gravity” album. He was also nominated for a Grammy for writing “Sunday AM” (pronounced Sunday Morning) for four-time Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and national recording artist Karen Clark Sheard.
As I speak to him years later, he is still the same modest, soft-spoken, but talkative, young man I met. He’s clearly focused and passionate about his craft. He’s found his voice as an artist and is excited about being able to use it to change the world through music. He’s a classically trained musician (he graduated from Furman with a degree in music) with a positive message to share with the community, particularly the black community.
It’s a message that he is starting to share on his forthcoming album, “The Coronation,” which features his current single “Royal Blue.”
“‘Royal Blue’ is about love. It describes love in a regal way. This is the feel of the entire project. I want to share a positive message for our [black] community. A message that says we are regal and royal. We are great. I want the music to help them identify with their higher self. I want women to know that instead of being called at THOT, you can be called a queen. Why not try to be a queen?”
Currence says this album is just the beginning of the musical legacy he will leave.
“I grew up playing and singing in church. I always want to bring a positive message. I want to be one of the greatest of all time,” he says. “ I want to have a school and encourage local talent. I want to be on the level of Michael Jackson and Prince.”