For those who don't know me yet I am Shavon Bonnie Legion. I am a California Singer Songwriter, multi genre recording artist and collaborative artist. I run my own multi genre collaborative music house (Sound Legion), sharing and promoting original music I have created, and collaborated on with artists and producers from all over the globe. I also showcase other independent artists like myself and some of there collection works.
I joined steemit in November of 2016, off a friends invite @apolymask who thought it might be a great place to start earning rewards for all the music I was making and sharing. Steemit has undoubtedly changed my life in terms of finances, and because of the rewards system I am now more easily able to pay my way through life so I can keep creating on the level I want to. There is still so much to be done and I have so many plans in the works that will take some time to see through now that so many new doors have opened. I have 8 years under my belt in online multi genre collaborations and original solo music releases before Steemit. I was both collaborating over the wires and also international and nationwide travel here in the US, working with artists, bands and producers.
I had a fire spark at the end of 2008 that completely transformed my life. I started to pursuit my questions for the first time, cause unlike what everything around me was saying, I had this strong feeling that I could and that I needed to. I was in a very confusing and hard spot in my life and went from christian house wife and mother of two, to a spiritually explorative, freedom seeking, globe trotting musical chameleon looking to find the meaning of life. The details of the journey up to this point are pretty enthralling and I am sure over the years I will get into more and more. If you have been a long time follower and fan you have seen these pieces of the journey being thrown out all over the place in every direction through music.
I don't limit my sound or my taste in sound to one genre or a handful of genres, I like the whole spectrum. I am a lover of sound. I love the emotions that can be risen up inside when hearing a song or even one note. One mighty blow from a trumpet can shake the hearts of man. The calming dance of wind chimes can sooth the mind to peace. A songbirds voice, can bring heavy contemplation into the heart. Every instrument has its own personality, brought to life even more by the unique personality of the player. Fusion and experimentation are always high on my list when creating original pieces, and I also like to take on certain molds. I started out playing only acoustic (I am not the best of players, I mostly construct with my guitar) and traveling around to places in the US and also Scotland, meeting with other musicians and songwriters. I then moved into the genre of pop and hip hop, starting to work closely with producers and artists in New York. During this time I made a collaborative connection with a hip hop group in UK and we formed a fusion band together and started releasing tracks and albums. I was also traveling around the states, Colorado, Arizona, Alabama and Georgia, meeting with artists and working on new pieces acoustically. I started traveling back and forth from the states to the United Kingdom to work on new songs, new ideas, videos and promotions. It was through these travels I met the Clyde to my Bonnie, UK rapper "Majik" and completely changed from recording under the name Shavon or Sounds Like Shavon to my alter multi genre ego Bonnie Legion. [ Bonnie & Clyde Legion ] I was getting into a whole new sound of UK hip hop with everything I was learning from Majik and ideas were just spilling. We started doing a lot of global fusion sound releases with many different producers from around the globe. I then started working in Electronic Dance Music, making tracks in Hardstyle, Progressive House, Deep House, Trance, Glitch, Grime and more. I began collaborating with my head producer today @qrittix Netherlands Sven Qrittix Driesen as well in this time and it was through out collaborative work that Sound Legion was officially born. We live to express life through music and every joyous, incredible, shocking, angry, happy, lusty, wild moment emotion that comes with it. For me life is a Journey through sound.
To give you an example of the variations of music I work in and tracks I have created, collaborated on and released, here are a few selections to entertain you in various sounds.
*This is my Chameleon Collection of past releases in various genres of music. I start it out on a slower more chill side of things and expand it out to many different sound places, with some incredibly talented producers.
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Rock HeavyRock Grime Acoustic AnthemPop ElectronicRock Hardstyle DeepHouse ProgressiveHouse HipHop Rap Pop Dance Downtempo SwingPop Electro
I discovered Musicoin shortly after joined Steemit. I was looking for alt coins related to music release and found that Musicoin allows artists to earn per play. I thought in my head of all the times I said If I just had a penny for every play I had, I could have something to stand on so I was eager to sign up. Btw you make more than a penny each time someone plays your song. I believe its been as high as .10 cents. seriously artists Sign up for Musicoin.
Please come listen to some of my latest releases and tracks on musicoin. You will also find a lot of my songs on dtube and dsound. Although I have releases spread out to lord knows where across the internet I am currently focused on promoting anything to do with Blockchain.
Weekly Steemit OpenMic Competition
I discovered openmic shortly after joining Steemit when invited by @luzcypher to the weekly contest. I did quite well a few weeks in the contest and as the music community really started growing and we all started to get to know each other a little better, I was approached by @krystle asking if I wanted to jump in as a judge for the contest as the entries were starting to flood in. I accepted this challenge with great excitement. I love listening to other peoples music, I get a lot of inspiration from it and getting to help showcase others talents is something I am absolutely driven to do. I find it quite hard to promote my own music, its easy for me to put out how I feel in a song, but online text, type talk, is hard when it comes to getting people to listen to your work, I always feel uncomfortable with it. One of the biggest tips I can give to other artists out there is to discover and share talented musicians you find with your peoples, collaborate with these artists and involve yourselves with them. Collaboration and genuine praise and excitement for someone else music can reward back to you in so many ways as you progress in your career. Music is not a selfish thing, this is something your putting out to the world as an audible gift in conjunction with many other artists. Music is about expression and coming together for me, there is a lot to be said on all the different part of a song, and all the different parts of a person. If its all about you in your own head, your gonna find yourself on a mountain of your own shit, with no one around to help you down and away from the stench of your own ego.
What I look for in an Entry
What I look for in an Entry when judging the Steemit OpenMic Contest put by on @luzcypher and Sponsored by Steemit Witness @pfunk with other judges @verbal-d @passion-ground and @krystle, is for you to turn my feelers on. I want my skin to react to your song or performance, my body can tell me a lot with a tune in just about any genre. Does this song provoke a physical reaction. There are a lot of things that can do that, from instrumentation, vocals, lyrics, visuals, but its mostly all in the attitude. You might not be able to carry a tune bucket as they say, but if you got some great lyrics and a serious passion for the message, your gonna turn some heads.
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If I enjoyed your performance its very likely your gonna get a comment from me and of course an upvote. My upvote percentage on openmic entries on judging days are generally low as I have to many entries to upvote. I do upvote more for entries I enjoy more. I score each entries over all feel on a scale of 1-10 and I break this down to the decimal point if need be. I write down everyones name who scores above a 7 and I create a top picks list from entries that scored either 8 or higher or 8.5 or higher, depending on the level of entries that week and the time I have. I then break down my top picks into my official top 5 and my honorable mentions. I used to limit my honorable mentions to 5, but I have been doing as much as 12 cause I just cant bloody well decide.
OpenMic has been a huge success here on steemit. The entries are gonna be reaching close to 1000 a week here really soon and there are $thousands of dollars in steem prizes being given out. With potential for earnings just by entering and engaging in the contest.
If you are interested in joining openmic check out this last weeks winners and join us with an entry for week 69
Steemit Artist Music Compilation
Another musical Steemit venture I took on shortly after joining steemit is the Steemit Artist Music Compilation. This compilation is comprised of multi genre original songs recorded and performed by artists currently on the steemit platform. Its been a learning and growing process as each volume has come together but we already have 3 successful volumes of talented artists sharing there music with us.
I collect entries for each volume and showcase and albums worth of material in the form of a fully packaged digital album free to download, a stock footage clip video just for fun with 20-30 clips of each track. I do artists spotlights awarding my favorite tracks on the Volume album and I also award the artist with 100% of the post payout off the 4 official posts created for each volume. If you guys wanna check this out and havent yet take a click on the post below. Volume 4 Submissions are coming in Feb. I am expecting a good turn out of entries. I will be calling some of you openmic contestants out directly to remind you.
Currently I am focusing a lot of my time in with Steemit Music Community projects and Outside Steemit Sound Legion projects. I have quite a collaborations request list that has had to be completely set aside in this time. Unless I contact you directly for a project idea I am not accepting anymore collaboration work. I have over booked myself out that end and I have been letting many people down on my ability to get back to them with the project. I apologize to artists and producers at this time who have been waiting to hear back from me. If you have not this is just cause shit has hit the fan this side of the room. I am not even able to get to all my messages on across all the sites im attached to, some I have had to ignore completely as to the stress and discord has been a nightmare for me so I really try to avoid it untill I absolutely have to get on there. I really apologize for this guys, as my year settles in, I am gonna have a bit more freedom coming and a change of scenery.
I am always gonna be making music. This is my Journey as a Songwriter, you are all apart of that journey and I thank you for listening, taking the time to read this. I thank all the artists who are joining openmic for putting there sound art out there for us, I understand everything that goes into doing something like that and highly appreciate what your all doing. I want to thank all my steemit artist music compilation folks, those on the albums and those who support them, you guys rock, you are inspiring the music community and myself on big levels. Massive love goes to @luzcypher this is one seriously awesome dude right here. Big shouts and love to the talented @verbal-d and the fire passion of @passion-ground and the absolute shining cherry on the top of the music community @krystle who pulls shit together like she made of glue, this girl is a top organizer, motivator and communative expert. Nothing but love for you @krystle and all the energy and vision you bring to everyone here in the music community on steemit. Everyone follow @krystle and go upvote everything she has, this is a girl who takes her earnings and pours them back into the community. Go vote @pfunk for witness here on steemit he's really supporting these huge payout on openmic and making possible for everyone to see such great rewards. I also want to do another shout in this post to @meno for his songwriters challenge that has gone off brilliantly showcasing some of the top talented songwriters here on steemit.
Big shouts to one of the coolest contest creators on Steemit.com @papa-pepper! This guy brings wild wholesome fun to the steemit community with full time engagement on some pretty awesome levels including sending out these really cool shirts. Its been a while since I got mine and finally getting to show it off in post form as things just been so busy. @papa-pepper you rock and tell your @little-peppers I love the steemit bracelet it hangs on my travel bag. ;)
Shavon Bonnie Legion