We had the good fortune of connecting with Steff Reed and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Steff, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The thought process was wanting to create and build an institution. Something that will create sustainable impact at scale and outlive me.

We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about her work.
Steff Reed is a Musician, Educator, and Activist. By sharing his story, Reed shows others that they are not alone. He is a Black Man that loves and gives greatly, modeling that emotional sensitivity and compassion can make us stronger as a community.

As a singer, songwriter, producer and multi instrumentalist, Steff Reed is known to affect audiences with his spiritual, uplifting energy and song. He is unafraid to be vulnerable and open in his own story, sharing lessons of resilience, healing, self-betterment. Reed blends genres of folk rock, alternative rock, pop rock to culminate in inspirational, humanitarian messages.

Over the years, Reed has gained national acclaim as a producer and song-writer having worked with the likes of Trey Songz, Jhene Aiko, Eric Roberson, Swizz Beatz, Kenny Lattimore and Gordon Chambers on songs that made it to the Billboard Charts.

As an Educator, Reed has taught thousands of youth between the ages 4-24 over the last 15 years. In 2013, he was nominated for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award and taught a “Power of Love” workshop at NYU/Ed Sullivan Fellows.

Reed is currently building a Brooklyn-based non-profit, Power of Love, in partnership with Judson Memorial Church. His latest music project is of the same name. By using his social capital and influence, Reed is scaling his impact to empower wider audiences and impact real political change.

Steff is inspired by socially-conscious artists like John Lennon, Prince, Tracy Chapman, U2, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Jimi Hendrix

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to go hiking at Inwood Hill Park, visit the MET museum, and Visit L-Train Vintage thrift store.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am dedicating my shoutout to my best friend and brother Unlearn The World. I wouldn’t be here without him.

Thanking my parents Camille DeJorna & Steven Reed.

My children Eliana Autumn & Oliver Reed

Website: www.IAmSteffReed.com

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Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/IAmSteffReed1

Image Credits
Photos By Stewy Christopher, Lorenzo Holder, Simone Williams, Ray Arias, Angie LMV,

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