ThinkGhMusic-Who is Penny J and how did you get your beginning in the music industry?
Penny J-My beginning came about 10 years ago while I was in Junior High School, I quit for a time so that I could concentrate more on my education since that I was about to enter my Senior High School. Little did I know that I would eventually be forced by the seniors on campus to take up music again seriously as well as my education. I was given the opportunity to perform some of my demos on stage during the school’s entertainment times and for different anniversaries of the school. After I finished school in 2009 I met my producer SamSniCh who is currently producing all my beats, recording, mixing and mastering my songs including the one I am promoting on this interview called “Your Thing.” Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with some of the mainstream artistes in Ghana and I am still working hard to make sure that I get there and take Ghana and African music to the world as I have always dreamt of doing.
ThinkGhMusic-Where do you come from?
Penny J-I am from the Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa.
ThinkGhMusic-Tell me a little about you and your family?
Penny J-My name is John Renel Kutorwu and I go by the stage name of Penny J, I am the second son of 4 sons born to my parents. We hail from the Volta Region of Ghana but we are currently staying in Kasoa a town in the Central Region of Ghana a few miles away from Accra, Ghana.
ThinkGhMusic-Who is your inspiration and how do they inspire you?
Penny J-I am inspired by many things and many people in my life but there are 5 people that inspire me the most and they are Obrafour, Sarkodie, Edem, Daddy Lunber and Wizkid. The life stories of some of these artistes, how consistent they are in the music industry and watching them on television talk about the struggles they have been through going from underground to mainstream inspire me a lot.
ThinkGhMusic-Any tips for future musicians trying to make it in today’s music industry?
Penny J-The greatest tip that I have for future musicians is to keep the word “impossibility” out of their minds and focus on their dream of making it in the music industry. It will not be easy but with passion and determination for their music their breakthrough will surely come.
ThinkGhMusic-What genre of music do you consider your music to be?
Penny J-As a musician I do different genres of music including HipHop, HipLife, HighLife, Dancehall, Reggae, Afropop and others. This song “Your Thing” is Afropop.
ThinkGhMusic-What does this song “Your Thing” mean to you and why did you write it?
Penny J-“Your Thing” to me is about that one thing that will keep your partner always close to you, no matter the situation I wrote this song to throw light on the fact that people need to understand the reasons why some people can’t break up with their partners in marriages and relationships due to those things that will always keep them together. The song also talks about some of the things that women need to do to keep their men to themselves only.
ThinkGhMusic-What can we look forward to in the near future from you?
Penny J-Nobody knows the future but we all dream of a great future. With hard work, determination and focus I would like to say that everyone should look forward to nothing but the best from me in terms of good music, music videos and more shows.
ThinkGhMusic-As a musician, how do you feel giving back to your community who supports you is important?
Penny J-As a musician it’s a good thing to give back to the community that supports you and more over it’s a great feeling to touch the lives and change the stories of the less privileged, orphans, one’s that are destitute and the more vulnerable one’s in the community.
ThinkGhMusic-Where do you see yourself in the industry in 5 years?
Penny J-God willing in the next 5 years I see myself taking Ghanaian and African music to the world as I have always dreamt of doing, also going on world tours to places like the UK, USA, and other continents of the world.
ThinkGhMusic-Thank you for your time Penny J and I wish you all the best in your quest for success…God bless you always!~!Penny_JYour-ThingPro-by-SamSniCh-1-1.mp3 (6 downloads)