THIS IS WHY I LOVE YOU
By: Cecile Anthony-Bryan
Adrian Klane (“ACAIN”) is rapidly gaining stardom from a video he recorded with his son while doing a cover of Major’s song, “This Is Why I Love You!” Not only is the video cute, but it is also full of pure love between a father and son. Never realizing something so innocent could go viral, he is proud to announce his video has over 1 million views. ACAIN stated that this is his son’s favorite song and most nights this is the song his son wants to hear before going to sleep.
ACAIN is an upcoming artist out of Jamaica, West Indies. Not only does he sing, but he also writes his songs as well. Wanting to be known as more than just a reggae artist, ACAIN spans his music covers of Reggae and R&B tunes. Young and driven, ACAIN works hard on perfecting his craft.
In his spare time, he loves to be around his son, family, and friends. Born in Jamaica, West Indies, ACAIN, at a young age, used to sing around the house and for small audiences at church and school. Wanting to share his gift with others, he decided to start uploading his videos to YouTube, and it was his best decision ever.
ACAIN spreads love through his music and songs.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”
HMM: What was life like growing up for you? What kind of family did you grow up in?
AC (ACAIN): I grew up in Jamaica where, as a child, life was carefree. I played different games with my friends…from Soccer to Cricket and even racing (track events). Almost every child in Jamaica is involved in racing in one way or another. If I were going to the store, I would always say to my sister or friends, “race me to the shop.” If that distance were too far, we would choose a nearer target.
When we got there, we would walk for a while to recover from our exhaustion. As soon as we felt strong again, we would set ourselves another target and race to it. We would try to motivate each other to run fast and win by saying things like “the last person to get to the target is Humpty Dumpty” and other names that no one would want to be called. It was fun!
Regarding my family, I grew up with my mother, stepfather, and two sisters. Our house was filled with lots of love and happiness. We felt safe and wanted. It was a pleased time in my life.
My mother has always been my strength. She made sure her kids were ok, as we were number one to her. I am the eldest of the children, but I didn’t have my biological dad around. My sisters had their dad at home, and it bothered me that I did not have mine to turn to. As I got to different stages in my personal development, I needed the characteristics of those phases of my life explained to me from a father’s perspective. Sometimes I would feel lost and left out. However, my mom, with the help of my stepfather, never failed in pulling me back up from those thoughts and debilitating emotional episodes. My stepfather taught me so much. With that, “Mom, I love you and thank you, Garfield Folkes. You both are my heroes!
HMM: How old were you when you knew this was your calling and what you wanted to do for the rest of your life?
AC (ACAIN): I was about 9 or 10 years old and timid, so I was not ready to sing publicly. In the interim, I used my stepfather’s boombox and put on live shows for my younger sisters. We would sing and dance for hours without feeling tired or getting bored.
Strangely enough, I would only do that for them, because I was just not brave enough to expose that side of me to anyone else. However, when I was around 15 years old, my confidence showed remarkable improvement. I started signing in church and at small events in my hometown and school. As more people saw my talents, they started telling me that I had an excellent singing voice. Those comments also boosted my belief in myself and my ability to sing.
From that point onward I started dreaming of becoming a singer, and music eventually began taking on new meaning and significance to me. Right now, I love music! It gives me a wonderful feeling. It takes me to places deep within my soul. Subsequently, I experimented with writing lyrics. I like to write songs because they help me to let the pain out that life sometimes caused me.
“Achievement is living fully in a way that is meaningful to you and in line with the values you feel most deeply.”
HMM: Being so young, how do you maintain your integrity in an otherwise very competitive and scrupulous industry?
AC (ACAIN): My mother and stepfather inculcated strong values in me. They taught me to love, to be kind, to share and to be conscientious.
These moral principles have stayed with me and have now become the unwritten rules that guide the way I live my life, form relationships and make decisions. Owing to these moral codes, I always endeavor just to be myself and never try to copy someone others. It is great knowing that I always strive to be true to myself. I am not saying outside influences do not impact the person I am today. But, I still filter them through the moral fabric of my being before allowing them to positively affect my character.
So, being taught how to love and share, I am in a high position now to appreciate my fans and embrace the outpouring of love they have been sending me. I seize every chance I get to thank them and return the appreciation and affection. They make me yearn to sing for them even more. Therefore, I shall keep pushing to reach my dreams of singing and entertaining people all over the world.
HMM: Who are some of your musical influences?
AC (ACAIN): I am an old soul that grew up on a diet of Gospel, Soul, Reggae, and RnB. So, it should come as no surprise that artists like the late Luther Vandross, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder (and the whole Motown family), Bob Marley and Mariah Carey among others are my heroes.
I was moved by their ability to affect me emotionally. It was like an enigma the way they were able to use just the voice to set off different emotional sparks within me. After I started toying with singing, I became determined to learn those techniques and use them to connect with different audiences.
It was just humbling to see how much I have grown as a singer, even to the extent that I could replicate some of those techniques in my online posts. It was one of those posts in which I was expressing appreciation and love by singing with my son, Kylan, that went viral and made this interview possible.
I am so happy that I can do something that I love and attract unreserved appreciation even from people that I have never met. Sometimes I get so emotional about it that I well up in the eyes and a few tears escape down my face. Finding your life’s purpose is a great blessing from God.
HMM: What advice would you offer others with the DREAM?
AC (ACAIN): Opportunities are out there in the world. I even think there is enough for everyone to be able to live their life’s purpose. But, the challenge is to keep on pushing. We have to think out of the box and sometimes do unusual things because no one knows what is going to work.
Take me as an example. I recorded Major’s song, “This is Why I Love You” with Kylan, just as a hobby. I posted it on social media, and it went viral with over a million hits and shares. When I was uploading it, I did not imagine it would become such a hit all over the world.
My message to anyone and everyone is to “follow your dreams and never give up!” If what you choose to do is something you love and are hungry for, go ahead and do it! Never accept “no” for an answer. Keep going, again and again, until you hear a great big YES.
You never know when it will be your time to shine. Right now, I endeavor to follow my dreams and see where they lead. I found my calling and singing is what I want to do.
“Achievement is expressing the unique purpose that is at the center of your being.”
HMM: What can we look for from you for 2018?
AC (ACAIN): I am envisioning a lot more. The plan is to try and attract the right people that can make the vision a reality, regarding a record deal, making new music (recording my materials), stepping out and performing on live shows. I want the chance to share my love with the world.
Thanks again to you and your team, Cecile and everyone that liked and shared my videos. I love you all. You are indeed helping to open doors. More great blessings to you all!
For more information or bookings contact: A.Klane@yahoo.com