Let’s be clear when you hear the name Houston, you automatically think of Whitney and Cissy Houston. It's no secret the talent these women had in the music industry, the mark they made, the history they created. However, Gary Michael Houston is not conforming to what society or the industry feels his life should look like based on his lineage.
This is a men’s centered publication, and we highlight the history, the legacy, and showcase the talent of powerful men of color. Gary Michael Houston not only creates his own lane, but he sticks true to it no matter the pressure. As an indie artist, this creative genius, who is known as the Frank Sinatra of Chic Soul, creates music that resonates with his particular audience who feels his sound because they relate to his sound, especially the sound of his latest EP Pride & Prejudice. He’s creating a path and making a mark on the industry all on his own accord.
You are deemed the Frank Sinatra of chic soul, contemporary hip hop, and R&B because of your big band/bop fare. How does it feel to be compared to one of the greatest musicians of all time?
It’s an honor, plain and simple because I’m a huge fan of that era, the style, the sound, and the personalities. It’s a huge honor for me!
Being unmotivated by fame and creating your own artistic expression, it’s no secret that you’re a part of the iconic Houston family. How do you as a musician and individual aspire to set yourself in your own lane and build your own legacy?
Honestly, I just do what feels good, and what feels right. I’m not pushing some corporate agenda, nor do I feel any pressure about my lineage or some stranger warped idea of what my life should be or look like. The music I make is the b