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Titus Makin’s “Good Love” is inspired by his parents

When I heard Titus Makin’s music, I heard investment, support, and precious time spent.

The pure love that his parents have for each other was the fuel for him and Aaron Kellim to write the song.

 

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ondrous talent is rare. I would know. There was a time where I would travel across oceans to discover new music. I would search online for hours, finding the most enthralling musicians on this planet. All of them were not meant to be pop stars (as we know them in North America), but the creative leaps they’d take (visually, sonically, and otherwise) were admirable.


Specifically, the following artists piqued my interests: Gravy Train, Antony and the Johnsons (led by Anohni), Peaches, Mindless Self Indulgence, and ADULT. There are many more, but we haven’t got the time.


When you’re like me, you want to look for the acts who plan for longevity. You want to back someone, or group of individuals, that take what you do seriously, vice versa. When I heard Titus Makin’s music, I heard investment, support, and precious time spent. Whether you know it or not (as a consumer or a fellow creative person), when a group of the right people (behind-the-scenes or in the forefront of an industry) believes in you and gives you a hand, the output of your work changes drastically. Usually, it is for the best.

Of course, the artist holds a chief part of the product and its vocal or production base, but what happens when it is out of the artist’s hands is just as essential. Ask any successful artist, inside and outside of the music business. I wouldn’t say that “Good Love” featuring Megan Tibbits is the best record I’ve listened to this week, but I enjoy the sentiment its production stimulates. We are far away from summery weather right now in New York City. Nonetheless, it is possible to have a heated, sensual admiration/crush-like emotions toward another human being in single-digit weather. Ask the people living in the northern circumpolar regions of the country.

He explains, “I wrote ‘Good Love’ with my co-writer Aaron Kellim about the pure love I had for watching my parent’s relationship grow deeper and deeper throughout my life. I’d wake up in the morning to the smell of breakfast. Seeing them dancing around in the kitchen, exchanging the most joyful moments while listening to the old-time hits. That visual memory [literally] drove the lyrics of the entire song. Expressing how I am so excited and can’t wait to share that ‘good love’ with my ‘someone special’.”

When he is not promoting his music, he is acting. Some accomplishments in his portfolio include his work with “Glee,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Path,” and more. At the moment, Titus Makin is working on his next EP titled, “Lean.”

Makin is from Sierra Vista, Arizona. A city that has less than 45,000 people, according to a census taken in 2010.

Titus Makin's cover art for Good Love


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Written by Richardine Bartee

Her unprejudiced love for people, the arts, and business have taken her this far. Join Richardine on her journey as she writes history into existence, one article at a time. Richardine is a member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs, and a GRAMMY U Mentor. She is part of the Complex Day Ones, an exclusive community to help make the Complex experiences even better.