“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
I love to meet an artist whose 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 I once knew, that person is “destined to be famous and is going places.” This 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. Individuals who in their mind dance like Beyoncé but in reality may or may not move like Miss Piggy from The Muppets.
During my short stint in Music City, Thierry and I have worked together on numerous projects. One of my most memorable was the Beyoncé dance tribute he choreographed 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 two days to learn a full on 18-minute routine that they can probably still do in their sleep; I, on the other hand, had to work harder. Harder than I ever had in my life just 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 six 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 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
DS: 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.
AT: My “ah ha moment” has never been just one moment but a series of different moments 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.
DS: 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?
AT: My advice to young people is to never sleep on your ability to succeed. There are enough people in the world that wrongfully doubt your talent and abilities. Be you, there’s only one you. My advice to young black men, in everything you do and in anything that you aspire to do is to 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.
DS: Who is one of your favorite artists or performers?
AT: JAMES BROWN
DS: What is your definition of what it means to leave a legacy?
AT: My definition of legacy can be summed up in one of my favorite Beyoncé 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
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