“I enjoy bringing positive music into people’s lives.” – William “King Whale” Rose

Gem story was written by: Marcus Mulenga

A king? That’s formidable. A whale? That’s a beast. But a King Whale? Now that’s a force to be reckoned with! Thankfully, our featured Gem this time “Around” (new single, check it out) William Rose, a.k.a. King Whale, chooses to be a force for good. As a professional artist, musician, saxophonist, rapper, and singer, he strives to bring positive music into people’s lives, especially to his wife of two years and his siblings, an older sister, and a younger brother. His desire to inspire can be attributed to the faith and values his mother and father instilled in him from infancy. So how did he turn into the performer that he is today? It all started back in second grade. The school was putting on a Winter Wonderland play, and William’s role consisted of holding a big inflatable saxophone. But far from just a prop, William could tell that this was his future passion. Later, in his middle school band, while the teacher suggested that he play the flute, William was determined to realize his childhood dream, this time opting to hold a real saxophone! He had a blast, even more so than he did way back in that school play, and he hasn’t looked back since! So, now we know how William became a saxophonist… but how did he become King Whale?

              In middle school, “Whale” became his nickname as opposed to Will. As he continued to grow in his musical skills and interests, his love of the R&B music he was raised on was coupled with a newfound respect for hip hop, which Will discovered one day while listening to music in his dad’s car. Later, in high school, he added the “King” to his name. One reason for this was that if your mind is a kingdom, you’d better be the king of it! Also, using this moniker was a way to differentiate himself from other rappers who use “big” and “lil” in their rap names. Although rap music was generally frowned upon by those close to him as a youth, Will found himself drawn to the music of Lupe Fiasco, an artist who prides himself on the storytelling aspect and meaningful messages of his verses. Using rap to promote a positive message became “the law” of King Whale’s land!

              With his passion discovered and his identity established, King Whale decided to join a jazz band while in college, and he still kicks it with them to this day. In addition to Lupe Fiasco, other musical influences for him also include Koda the Friend and Miles Davis, among others. As a band, they were gelling with each other and just looking to do some live shows when the pandemic started. All their upcoming events were canceled; in fact, the college put the band on hold for an entire year. But King Whale was not defeated. He was simply redirected into furthering his solo career. He began collaborating with other artists and featuring them in his music, and he is now working on his second EP, Breakthrough. Now that things in the world are slowly getting back to normal, the band is back together and trying to rebuild their chemistry. And as far as his own career is concerned, King Whale looks forward to doing more live shows and interviews, which are great ways for him to get his name and message out to the public. His goals for the future are not overly ambitious. He’s not focused on fame or fortune. For now, he wants to establish himself in the industry, and he’ll deal with what that comes with, well, once it comes!

              Turning music, which is a hobby that he loves, into a career is King Whale’s ultimate goal, and of course, that’s not without its challenges. Thankfully, King Whale can hang his hat on some excellent advice he was given back in his band class: “If you don’t practice for a day, you notice. If you don’t practice for two days, your teacher notices. If you don’t practice for three days, the whole band notices.” Yes, practice makes perfect! Many people find taking the time to regularly hone their skills to be daunting. Here is a tip offered by King Whale that can help any future artists to work on this: try practicing for just an hour a week! But not an hour on one set day. Instead, make your aim to practice just 15 minutes a day… and you can take the weekend off! Not only will you have spread out your sessions and consistently worked to get better, but you’ll likely want to practice for longer than the 15 minutes you allotted! This is great, because after all if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. Another good suggestion is to look for inspiration in a place that you haven’t looked at before. For example, King Whale wasn’t raised on hip-hop music, but he found it (or it found him) at a time in his life when he was ready to receive it. Likewise, if you look in unexpected places, you just might find something worth holding on to… or that something might find you! Either way, let your inspiration guide you to where you need to be, and you’ll be happy with the results!

              In his spare time, King Whale enjoys supporting and shouting out local mom-and-pop restaurants (an underrated but great way to give back to the community) as well as listening to music related to his interests, although he can’t help but do so with a critical ear! It’s yet another way for him to work on his craft and continue to improve his own music. Now, many artists have begun to do virtual concerts, and King Whale is also taking advantage of this format as a way to invite his loved ones to support his music without putting him at risk. So whether you are in Florida or anywhere else in the world, choose to bless your ears with the positive tunes of our latest Gem, King Whale, by looking him up wherever you stream music!

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4vFhKglzYKTztw9F7kEs69

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/whaleisking

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/king-whale/968875716

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