Janelle July 21, 2016 24 / Birthplace - Bronx, New York / Multi-Platform Creator One of the biggest things that has always mattered to me, and this is from a spiritual background, is that I see my life as having a purpose and a calling on it. I like making art but I want to make art with purpose. That’s not to say that things just can’t be fun or entertaining, because there’s definitely a place for that. My personal convictions need to be reflected in the art I make, and that goes for the acapella music I make, I want to tell great stories and put out high-product work. The quality of my work is because I think that there’s a purpose on my life, but I also want to find ways that the songwriting that I do speaks to people or the theatre writing that I do speaks to people. You know I’ working on a number of different musicals, and I’ve always been writing a lot of my own music - when I was in Australia I recored some other stuff - but what is timely? That’s the work that I did for myself in 2012, but what’s the work that I want to produce in 2016? What’s the art that I want to put out? A lot of my best work is done in collaboration, so my goal and aspiration is to collaborate with wonderful people. I think it’s also to elevate the stories of women and people of color and black people and queer folks. Just getting stories that people have seen as less valuable as just as important. I think especially as a writer you have some power to do that.”“I AM… an artist in multiple forms. I am a friend. I am ready to do cool things with cool people.