SINCE HE WAS A LITTLE BOY, HE WAS ALWAYS CALLED UPON TO SING SOLOS IN SCHOOL AND HIS COMMUNITY. CLEARLY BEING AN ENTERTAINER HAS ALWAYS BEEN HIS CALLING. FOLLOWING QUOTES THAT HE TRULY LIVES BY, SUCH AS “MAKE YOUR DREAMS YOUR REALITY!” “BE WILLING TO MAKE SACRIFICES!” “LIVE LIFE WITHOUT REGRETS!” AND, “REACH BACK AND INSPIRE SOMEONE ELSE!”, STEVEN R. SLATER HAS SET HIMSELF ON A JOURNEY TO CONQUER THE WORLD. NO WONDER HE IS NAMED THE CROWNED ONE.
Born and raised in southern Maryland, Steven R. Slater alias The Crowned One moved to New York City in 2009 to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming the performer he was born to be. And he never looked back. Currently residing in Miami, his pure, angelic voice, warm tone and velvet timbre, The Crowned One is sure to win over heart after heart. The Crowned One is a contemporary R&B musician who finds inspiration in great artists such as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey whom I had the privilege of performing with at her first annual “All I Want for Christmas is You” concert in NYC, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Usher to name a few. The latter is high on his list of hoping to collaborate with as Usher inspires him as an artist who has conquered both the Broadway and mainstream worlds of music, which is a goal of The Crowned One as well.
The Crowned One is an artist to be reckoned with. His recent single and accompanying video that everyone talks about – Eat It – is proof of that. Hard working, composing and writing his own music, he is determined to make it in the highly competitive world of music entertainment. And like so many others who have set their goals high and do anything to reach them, the misconception about The Crowned One is that he is rather full of himself. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, he does post pictures on his social media barely wearing any clothes if any at all, but every artist needs marketing and at least The Crowned One shows his best physical assets knowing he has a talent to carry it all. Let’s face it, there are other so-called socialites who show more and have less. Besides that, if you’ve got it, flaunt it, and The Crowned One most certainly has got it.
Photographer Jay Alexander, known as Jay Imaging, started his journey at 17 years old when he photographed kids sports and weddings. Now at 25 he has also experienced the other side of the camera, which gives him an advantage aiding his clients toward a phenomenal shot. Although Jay photographs a variety of subjects, his joy has always been for the male form. His focus and creativity thrives with men's physique, including swimwear, underwear, fitness and nude expression. His work with The Crowned One is no exception to this. According to Jay the photo shoot with The Crowned One was for his portfolio and meant to magnify all his assets. I can only conclude with The Crowned One’s own words: Eat It! –BM-
This article holds extracts of Behind The Music: The Crowned One, interview from September 20125 for Raynbow Affair Magazine.
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