02 Dec Artist Spotlight: Geri X
On Sunday, December 27th, 2015, Geri X will be performing for the three year anniversary of the Coexist through Music Series at Ruby’s Elixir to benefit Operation Coexist.
How old were you when you started playing music and how long have you been a musician?
I have been singing for as long as I can remember. I started playing piano when I was six years old and guitar when I was fourteen. I started writing music and singing around ten years old. I really used music as an escape from the world and it was honestly the reason why I made it through my teen years.
How would you describe your music? What projects are you currently working on with your music?
I have always had a difficult time describing my music. I guess it’s a whole lot of “singer-songwriter” with a bit of blues, grit and rock and roll. And we are currently focusing on working on Geri X songs for the next record as well as starting a collaboration with John Wesley for a duo project of a completely different set of tunes.
How has music changed your life?
Music is our life. I would like to think that we were all born and destined to do what we do and sometimes it just takes a while to get to where we are supposed to be. Music, in every way, is guiding us to where we are supposed to be.
Why do you believe it is important for all kids to have access to music education?
My life is a perfect example of why music is so important to humanity. I found music as a child and used it to transport myself from a tumultuous and what I thought to be an unescapable situation and life, feeling like I had no one to talk to, and I turned that into words and poetry that turned into lyrics and songs. I was a kid that was lost and hopeless and music, quite literally, saved my life.
How many Operation Coexist events have you performed in throughout the past three years? What is your favorite part about being a part of these shows?
I have performed in two Operation Coexist events over the past three years, the first at Ruby’s Elixir and the second at the Hideaway Café. Both were an honor to be a part of, but truly the biggest honor has been to be a part of the organization in the background supporting it with every asset that I have been able to contribute; whether it be performing in these showcases, or using my endorsements to set up sponsorship, to connecting people and raising awareness for the organization. I believe in this because I believe that every single child should be given the opportunity to find something to fall in love with and I hope that can be an instrument or music. Music saved my life and I think that everyone should deserve to have that same chance.