A man who recognizes the Creator within himself, Jrayis Deyond is a singer, author, and creator who entertains for the love of it. Learn more about Jrayis and how he plans to inspire the LGBTQ community and anyone who is willing to receive his work- all WHILE finishing his education.
Who has influenced you? Who are your favorite greats?
One of my influencers as a writer is Mrs. Maya Angelou, her book “Why The Cages Bird Sings” inspired me. I still have that today. As a singer my influencers are Stevie Wonder and The Queen Muva Beyonce. Stevie’s music is pure and it lifts you up. I love his song “I Never Dreamed You Leave In Summer”… it’s my favorite song. Beyonce, she’s my 2nd love next to Aaliyah (RIP), and watching her career has blown me away because she took her Houston sound to The Motherland Africa.
Why did you choose the path you’re currently traveling?
I chose this road out of frustration. I wasn’t able to finish my final semester of college. I’m still enrolled at Louisiana State University in Shreveport but I wasn’t able to afford tp stay. It led to me following my dreams and becoming the man and artist I needed to be to achieve my goal to finish my BA Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice.
How would you describe your brand, business or projects?
My brand has become eclectic. I’m a singer and writer who fell into acting and now producing my show “A Lil Tea Time” on Facebook and Instagram.
My books are “Coming Full Circle”, “Coming Full Circle 2”, and “Marriage, Money, and Mayhem”. My books of Poetry are “The Confessions of a Conceited Drama King” and “Catching Up With Me”.
I write from the prospect of myself -an educated, black, gay man living in the ghetto, telling fictional stories about my life and experiences.
How would you describe your fan base? Who would you like to reach?
My target fan base is the LGBTQ community with my experiences as a writer, but my fan base has been more women from every background, and artists from every background. I want to reach people who don’t understand what its like to be black, gay and a man trying to make my dreams come true while pursuing my education. I want to show that we’re more than typical queens as shown and that we can have class, strength, fire and love who we choose, with respect for God and other people.
Do you have any other projects, businesses or brands you’re currently working on? If so, feel free to explain:
I’m the host of “A Lil Tea Time” on Facebook and Instagram where I have the honor to interview and interact with business owners and artists looking to promote their brands and/or businesses. I’m also working with Cherie Grey and a host of great artists on “The Ratchet City Blues Documentary” on the history and culture of music from our hometown Shreveport, Louisiana. I’m writing two new books “Coming Full Circle 3: Somewhere or Nowhere” and “Quarantine Quest” a 3rd book of poetry. I’m also working on developing my theme music into a ringtone because I know people will love it.
What or who motivates you?
What motivates me is getting and finishing my degree. I’ve been a student at Louisiana State University in Shreveport since the fall of 2012 and I’m determined to get my degree from this PWI to show other people no matter who you are, education is the key to a better future. When you believe, you receive and achieve your goals.
Who do you plan to influence with your work?
Anyone with eyes to see, ears to hear and a open mind.
What do you think is your purpose in life?
My purpose is to shine my light from the inside and be the person that the Creator said I am and not what man said I am.
What is the title of your latest work of art, collection, or product? When did you release it, or when will you?
The title of my latest works are my books of poetry, “The Confessions of a Conceited Drama King” and “Catching Up With Me”. I released them in 2020 during the pandemic.
How often do you showcase your work? Where do you showcase? Where would you like to take your brand?
I showcase my work at pop-up shops, my photoshoots and on my show, “A Lil Tea Time”. I want to take my brand Jrayis Deyond around the world 100 times, any and everywhere it takes me.
Name people or brands in your industry you’ve had the pleasure of working with.
Cherie Grey of Lump Grits Artistry, Johnathan Jamille Morris of Morris Visuals – my phototgrapher for my photoshoots, Shreveport Writers Club, & Taylor B. of Handbasket Zine
How did you come up with your stage/business name?
The name Jrayis Deyond was a gift from the Creator God. It means Joyous rays of light shining beyond, the J D comes from my first and middle name Jerrick DeWayne.
What is your favorite part about being in your industry? Least favorite?
My favorite part about being in the industry is being my own man living and working on my own terms, making my own rules. My least favorite is not making the money I should be making for the amount of work I do, while I’m paying my dues.
What are your long-term goals?
My long-term goals are continuing to grow my brand into the success I’m dreaming and working it to be. Finishing my degree before starting a family with my future husband, son and our dog Cash. I also want to help people dealing with trauma from their past and finding their way to healing the broken pieces.
Tell us anything you’d like the world to know about you.
I love music, it saved my life after being hit by a car at the age of 9 and learning I could sing by age 10. I value education, I want to take a cruise to the Bahamas and a trip to Africa. My crush is my future husband.
Facebook @Jerrick Akingamongmen Thomas, Instagram @TheJrayisDeyond & Stronggiftedruler29, TikTok @TheJrayisdeyond, LinkedIn@JerrickThomas, Twitter @ThomasJerrick, Snapchat @Jerrickt87 and Youtube @Jerrick Akingmongmen Thomas
How do you prefer to be reached?
Email only at Jerrickthomas27@yahoo.com