Published on July 28th, 2020 | by Al Geiner


HeIsTheArtist (Christian, NeoSoul, Jazz) the Q N A

Heistheartist (He Is The Artist) is an American Christian singer-songwriter from Central Islip, NY. Formerly a secular neo-soul singer signed to “Bentley Records” under his biological name “LeeMann Bassey,” Heistheartist discovered that his true calling was with the Lord after hearing an inspiring sermon by TD Jakes online one day. That day he was inspired to teach the world about the Lord like TD Jakes did with his Sermon but through music.

His single, “Boom (Remastered)” hit #1 on the Christian/Gospel charts in South Africa.  New EP, “Adam & Eve” drops on August 28th.

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What first got you into music?

When I was a kid my older brothers and sister all played an instrument and were in their school choirs. So being the youngest I followed them by playing the trumpet in my school band and singing in my school choir. 

Who inspired you to make music? 

I was actually singing on Instagram for fun and a producer from my home town heard me singing and thought I had something special. So he invited me to his studio where we recorded my first single ever called “Honey.” 

How would you describe the music that you typically create?

It’s a mixture of Smooth Jazz and R&B with an added flare of nostalgia. The lyrics I create always stem from the Gospel and love in general. 

What is your creative process like?

I always begin by sitting out in nature and being inspired by the beautiful habitats God has created and end with a prayer. 

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

Kim Burrell because she is the biggest trailblazer in the Gospel Jazz genre. Without her there would be no me. 

If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

Chaka Khan because I feel her funk musical vibes would mesh well with my sound. 

What is one message you would give to your fans?

To always stay true to who are throughout your journey through life. God is your biggest friend and cheerleader. Don’t let others lead you astray. 

Do you sing in the shower? What songs?

I love to sing in the shower! I always sing old school jazz songs like “Summertime” and “My Funny Valentine.”

What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

Probably be a Veterinarian. I love Animals! 

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

Unfortunately right before I was ready to start performing COVID hit. But after it’s over I’ll definitely be performing at a ton of Jazz Festivals.  

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

The internet has definitely made music marketing easier than ever before and made worldwide audiences more accessible. 

What is your favourite song to perform?

Had COVID not hit my favorite song to  perform would have been “Boom (Love Version).” 

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

I almost got arrested because my ex was bad news. Which is partly what my song “Boom” is actually based on. It’s definitely a toxic love story. 

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

It was the advice given by mother and that is, always trust your gut instinct because that is a sign from above on what is the right direction to go. 

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

I feel like more streaming platforms should have an option for fans to donate to charities. Spotify started the trend but more should follow suit. 

What’s next for you?

I have a new album coming out on August 28th called “Adam & Eve” which tells the story of Adam & Eve through original songs of mine and with popular secular cover songs.

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