Sean Garrett "The Pen" Talks Brandy and Monica Verzuz and Paving the Way For Songwriters to Get Paid
Before the Verzus battle with The Dream, many may have not known how many songs Sean Garrett "The Pen" was responsible for writing. From Destiny Child's Lose My Breathe to Gwen Stefani's Now That You Got It, Sean Garrett's pen game crosses over multiple genres. We had the opportunity to speak to the singer/songwriter after the infamous Brandy and Monica Verzuz battle where he discussed working with both songstresses, the industry and raising Black sons.
He says he is happy that Brandy is finally getting her flowers.
With our people, we got to show more support and keeping people uplifted. It's hard work. It's a lot of work. And if a person delivers, give them their respect. I was happy to see her. I fell like she's coming back. The respect is becoming more apparent.
Sean also says he paved the way for songwriters.
I signed my first record deal when I was 14. I've been an artist my whole life. If I was going to do this, then they were going to respect this ************* pen. I was not tolerating no disrespect because I already knew what God blessed me with in reference to writing songs. I just didn't like how they disrespected songwriters. I stood up for the songwriters. A lot of songwriters don't know that I paved the way for them to get paid because they wasn't paying them.
On the Georgia Entertainment Music Caucus:
It's a foundation where entertainment meets Congress. Basically, we help bridge the gap of the language barrier or the understanding of what we do in our world versus how the government works. We're able to get involved in a lot of different scenarios in reference to the zoning of the cities when money comes into the city where it's allotted to, who it goes to. A lot of these bills that are passed, we help fight for us in Congress to get some of these bills passed that we need that represents us.
On raising Black sons he says:
I had a real strong Black mother. Both of my parents were instrumental in my life. I respected my parents. I wasn't one of those kids that talked back to my parents or disrespected my parents. I had those rules and **** that was already set in my mind.
You have to start when they are young. You have to start when they're kids. You can't try to start raising them when they are eleven. That's why I think a lot of people go wrong. They take that **** for granted when the kids are two or three years old. That's the time to really be educating them.
Check out the full interview below.