Day 25 of the Grammy Chase and I can’t recall doing anything for 25 days straight outside of marriage, parenting, fasting and breathing and oh yeah, “Being dope at everything” and maybe some other things in between.  I’ve been doing a lot of reading regarding marketing and what makes artists, companies and products remarkable and its boiling down to transparency. People have grown tired from the pre-fabricated, over practiced star quality personalities and such. People are beginning to associate, relate  and bond with what is “Real,” touchable, tangible and maybe even not as pretty, but touches an emotion and offers a bridge of true connection and understanding between artist and fan.

An example of this switch is how in a market filled with Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Madonna and Shakira etc. [name any artist that has huge marketing dollars behind them] a singer like Susan Boyle can win the hearts of people around the world to the tune of 36 million views on Youtube and over 3 million albums sold on her debut album. I would embed the video HERE if i could, but see my last post as to why I can’t and won’t. embedding problem

Nearly everyone in the audience of the show Britain’s Got Talent, including Simon Cowell laughed at Susan Boyle from her looks and quirky personality for a 47 year old woman, when she said she would like to be as popular as Elaine Paige.

Susan Boyle blew everyones head off and literally wet every eye in the crowd with the beauty and power of her voice. It was her transparency and grounding that was the set up for what SHOULD have been a failure, but it was those same characteristics along with her skill that has made her as nearly as famous as Elaine.

So, in documenting my Grammy Chase, enjoy the transparency-like inspired artwork. Peace.


Artist Mark Khaisman: Born in Russia, working in Philly. All works created with the use of only Masking Tape. Masking tape tediously layered and stacked to give the depth and darkness contrasted to lighter areas with lighter layers of tape. Lastly the canvases are lit from behind.


About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

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