“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” -William W. Purkey
There are few moments in life where you meet someone and their talent resonates through every ounce of their existence. When you are in their presence you immediately feel their aura of greatness. In the words of an older Southern lady that person is “destined to be famous and is going places.” That is exactly how I felt when I met Albanus Thierry. His energy is on 10, his attitude is always positive and his innate talent when he is not showcasing his beautiful melodic voice or unprecedented dance moves, is bringing the best out of people like me. People who in their mind dance like Beyonce but in reality may or may not move like Miss Piggy from the muppet babies.
During my short stint in Music City, Albanus or Thierry as I call him, and I have worked together on numerous projects, however, one of my most memorable moments of our creative rapture was the Beyonce dance tribute he created for my wedding reception where I served it ‘yonce style to my husband and a crowd of 200 plus guests. That moment changed my life because although I was surrounded by phenomenal and amazing professional dancers, who took all of 2 days to learn a full on 18-minute routine (that they could probably still do in their sleep), I had to work harder than I ever had in my life to pull off this routine and not embarrass myself or my instructor. Thierry encouraged me the entire time and brought something out of me that I didn't know existed. For over 6 months, we practiced my Yonce steps and on Saturday, May 28, 2016– The Mrs. Sensabaugh World tour performance was flawless. For those 18 minutes, I was a performer, I was a dancer.
Now, how does one turn a modern day sexy Martha Stewart like me into a slayonce Mrs. Sensabaugh? With the assistance and creative genius of my brother, Albanus Thierry! A visual performing virtuoso, melodic soulful singer and one of the next rising stars in the performing arts...I present the genius himself.
MEET ALBANUS THIERRY
Dom: What is it like being a visual and recording artist of this generation? How does it feel to know you are motivating the masses to tap into their potential and take action towards achieving their dreams?
Albanus: Being a visual and recording artist if you can imagine is like being a caterpillar that is constantly in a state of evolution. Because I am always growing, learning and perfecting my craft, I have the ability to relate with so many. To know that I inspire the masses to chase their dreams is similar to a caterpillar breaking open its cocoon and realizing its beauty as a butterfly. This is my metamorphosis and I’m only getting started.
Dom: What was your "ah ha moment"? This moment is defined as a time when you realized your purpose or a moment where you realized that you could make a living pursuing your passion?
Albanus: My, “ ah ha moment “, is a series of different moments that have occurred sporadically during different stages of my career. Although money is a necessity and does make it easier to make moves, making a living from art is only a perk. My joy comes from sharing my life inspired art with the masses. The culmination of my journey constantly reinforces that I can thrive while pursuing my passion.
Dom: What is your advice to young people (especially young men of color) aspiring to achieve similar career and personal goals as yourself? What words of wisdom would you provide to individuals that want to break barriers and achieve greatness?
Albanus: My advice to young people is to never sleep on your ability to succeed. There are enough people in the world that doubt your talent so don’t you fall into that trap. Believe in your abilities wholeheartedly. You are a unique individual with a unique skillset so be you. My advice to young black men, in everything you do and in anything that you will to do , remember that resilience is embedded in your DNA. It may feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, back, arms, and hands, but we have this gift of melanin, of joy, of compassion, and of love to combat these weights. You are infinite.
Dom: Who is one of your favorite artist or performers? One of my favorite artist and performers?
Albanus: JAMES BROWN
Your top five favorite things to do in Nashville (Or favorite Restaurants)? Hyperlink
Taking or teaching an awesome dance class, The Pro Trac, Milele Academy, Millennium, to name a few.
Eating some good food at Prince's Hot Chicken.
Hearing live music at any and every location you can think of.
Climbing trees at Centennial Park.
Eating at Roc’s BBQ food truck.
Dom: What is your definition of what it means to leave a legacy?
My definition of legacy can be summed up in one of my favorite Beyonce songs entitled, “ I was Here.”
"I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time. Know there was something that, something that, I left behind. When I leave this world, I'll leave no regrets, Leave something to remember, So they won't forget" -Beyonce
Albanus is a remarkable person and artist who strives to transcend all barriers society and the industry places on talented performers.