Antoine Edmonson – B.O.A.T.S. – Feature
If you don’t love it, it’s not going to work
Educated, talented, and God-fearing are just a few of the words commonly used to describe up-and coming recording artist, Antoine Edmonson, formerly known as Wally Vega. Antoine, who currently resides in L.A., was born and raised in Dayton, OH. Graduate of Northmont High School and attended the University of Cincinnati. He released his debut album ‘Based On A True Story’ (B.O.A.T.S.) on December 20, 2011. While discussing the album, he stated that his goal is to create a foundation album to develop his presence in what he calls the pop/soul genre.
Antoine started writing as a teenager, mostly poems and over time it grew into more. While at the University of Cincinnati there were two friends in particular; a local DJ, DJ Bandcamp and another friend that he collaborated with as he dove more into his craft. During this time he began to write more, at times a song a day. Antoine also had the opportunity to open for then new artists J.Cole, LMFAO and Chip the Ripper. Paralleling this time of exploration of his artistry, he was also seeking a higher relationship spiritually with God. The desire to strengthen his spiritual relationship was the springboard to his move to California. He was journal-ling about his pastor’s anniversary, when God spoke to him and told him that he needed to move to California by July 31st at 8, when it was already July 13th. Trusting in his faith he prepared himself and followed directions, bringing us here today.
Antoine said while completing album that some of the struggles were money and dates. Financing the album was difficult, in terms of producing physical copies, and studio time and then meeting deadlines. The album that debuted in December was actually supposed to come out in September and even the December date was a struggle. That just shows that with determination and faith anything is possible. Since speaking to Antoine in late January he has been diligently at work, actually putting out new music and free music in what he has titled Care Package. Antoine is truly a talented individual to watch out for, that has the ambition of the world to carry him.