On the north side of Charlotte, North Carolina is where musical artist Modest Jon began his journey. Being raised in the church, his talent dates back to his early years of singing on the church choir as a young boy. Modest listened to Oldies in the car with his father as he was introduced to legends such as The Temptations, Teddy Pendergrass, Al Green, and The Isley Brothers. However, it didn’t stop there! He enjoyed the sounds of Bob Marley, Scarface, Geto Boys, Tupac, Outkast, The Dungeon Family and many more. Today, Modest Jon is a rapper, poet, songwriter, and motivational speaker. Writing his first rap song in the fifth grade with a classmate and presenting it school-wide via music video, Modest Jon expressed the importance of recycling during Earth Week. While he always had a love for music, Modest opted to pursue his love for sports. Although he was into sports, his musical talents were never extinguished thus, his return to where it all started…his first love “Music!” Actively involved in the community, Modest serves as a Hope Coach (Head Mentors) for a local artistic, non-profit organization in Charlotte, North Carolina and surrounding areas. The program is called Inspire the Fire and its mission is to inspire positive change in adolescents through Faith, Fun, and the Arts. Modest has a passion for working with the younger generation. His belief is that change on earth begins with the next generation. It is because of this that his passion for motivational speaking to the youth embeds the power of them being themselves and becoming leaders. With a genre of Alternative Hip Hop, Modest’s music displays Hope, Love, and Faith. He raps and sings on racism, social and economic views, poverty, religion, and will sometimes go off on a tangent to make music about sports and other personal interest. While other’s may focus on the fame, fortune, and bright lights of the industry, Modest is creating music to make a change in the world and to impact as many people with his music as he possibly can before God calls it quits and tells him to move on.