5 questions with Jeremy Crooks

By: Ilaf Esuf, Special to The Placer Herald
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Carried by the wave of support from his friends and family, Jeremy Crooks, a 2009 graduate of Rocklin High School, was able to find success in releasing his very own single entitled “Faith.” Though he said he finds it hard to balance his college life at UC Irvine with his budding career, his determination to achieve his dreams has pushed him to do well. Most know Crooks through his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the first appearance on April 26 and the second on May 4, dancing to the song “OMG” by Usher. Though he plans on using dancing while performing, Crooks focuses on his singing as a career. 1. How long have you been interested in music? “I’ve been interested in music since the age of 3. Over the years I’ve just continued to hone my craft and make it my own. My first single was recorded at my friend Smashhitta’s apartment. We had met just a couple of weeks prior through a mutual friend and Smash had sent me the instrumental to “Faith” and we both had the concept that this song needed to be inspirational. I wrote the first verse and went to his place to record it. We laid it down and then I wrote and recorded the rest of it on the spot. I really just tried to feel the message behind the song and went off on a creative tangent.” 2. How did you manage to create your fan base? “A lot of it just had to do with the massive amount of support I’ve gotten from my home town. My family and friends really spread the word quickly and sent e-mails out and networked and contacted people for me. YouTube also helped a bunch. My video for ‘OMG’ by Usher has reached almost 2 million views and it landed me a spot on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I’ve done shows and promoted myself, but it’s really been the support that I gained in high school and in my community that has helped the most.” 3. What is your favorite aspect of singing? “My favorite aspect of singing is the reaction and love that I get from the crowd. I love being able to manipulate the emotions of a crowd. I’ve always had the mentality that singing is more than just hitting the notes. An artist has to connect with the emotions and feelings behind the song.” 4. How are you able to balance your singing career with college, etc.? “It has been extremely hectic and busy. I think the only way I’ve been able to manage all of it is by staying driven. Keeping my focus on the bigger picture makes it easy to get passed all of the stress that comes with balancing it all.” 5. How do you incorporate your love for dancing in your music? “I try to use dancing as another tool in performing. It is another form of expression and I think it provides more depth to a performance. I think dancing heightens a performance and makes it that much better. I just want to be given the chance to perform and try and inspire and do something positive for society. I have huge dreams, and I’m making an effort to really fulfill them. I just hope that one day other entertainers and musicians can say that I influenced their career. Leaving a legacy would be most rewarding.”