People answer puzzled when I tell them my career path. “You want to be a musician?” they say. “I already am a musician”, I respond, “I’m now looking for recognition and the thirst to keep pushing my potential”. “So what’s your plan B.? You know just in case the whole music thing doesn’t work out” they ask curiously I look straight into their eyes, capture their full attention, and flow with a grin on my face, “There is no Plan B Only Plan A. To me music ain’t just music It’s medicine for the soul.. It’s therapy; it’s about unleashing beauty in different forms and changing a person’s life with the help of your experience Music is a lifestyle, so don’t get it twisted when I say I want to be a musician.. Cause in this industry the definition of a musician is now taken lightly. And I’m here to change that.”
My name is Bina Boo. Ever since I was an infant, I’ve been banging the keys on the piano, humming random melodies, or clapping to create a nice beat. My mother is a piano teacher/organist/composer/choir director so I was always surrounded by interesting sounds and colorful rhythms that is music. I started playing the piano under the guidance of my mother when I was 3 years old.
As I blossomed from a child to an adolescent, I was well trained in classical violin, piano, and choral singing (from training at the Toronto Children’s Chorus). I would perform at music festivals, weddings, churches, and various venues with my classical background. Being primarily active in the classical aspect of music, I was yearning for more. I had a thirst for the “dark side” as some classical professors would extreme. I loved playing classical music but my heart and soul was into Contemporary Music. I listen to everything as long as it’s good. Some of my influences are Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill, Esthero, Adele, Fiona Apple, Bob Marley, Destiny’s Child, Little Dragon, Missy Elliott, Nirvana, Kanye West, and Erykah Badu.
As a teenager, I also explored the new territories of songwriting. It’s a very therapeutic and pure art form. I self taught myself basic guitar chords so I would have some form of a canvas for my songs. After a few years of experimenting I attended the highly acclaimed “Berklee College of Music” in Boston Massachusetts. It was at Berklee where I developed and mastered my crafts of songwriting and vocal/violin performances, and found my true unique style as a musician.
I aid other individuals in their musical paths teaching violin and piano. It’s a beautiful thing when you find your musical thirst. When you’re able to help others find their fountain of creativity and passion through music, it’s the most blessed feeling in the world.
I am working on my highly anticipated debut album. It’s been a long and rigourous journey with respected industry professionals trying to make me into a popstar. But I’ve had to step back and stay true to all that I’ve worked for, my musical craft, and most importantly myself. I appreciate all my fans waiting so patiently for this debut album and I promise it will be worth the wait and a direct reflection of who I am as a musician and a person. I’ve been collaborating with various producers and talent to create a truly unique piece of artwork which I can honestly say with a smile on my face I am very proud of.
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