"Music has no color and I as stated previously, music is universal."
Mr. Sipp: Living Loving Bluesman
Castro Coleman, a.k.a. Mr. Sipp “Mississippi Blues Child” was born August 25, 1976 to Johnell and the late Vera Coleman in the small town of McComb, MS. With gospel as his foundation, Sipp started playing guitar at the tender age of six with his musically inclined family. Due to hard work and perseverance Mr. Sipp has become an awesome vocalist, songwriter, musician, composer, producer and entertainer. Castro has over 130 credits and has played on over 50 national recordings. He has traveled extensively with his "Knock A Hole In It Tour" to several countries such as Brazil, Hong Kong, Russia, Germany, Scotland and other countries spreading his gift of music. His 2015 album "The Mississippi Blues Child" by legendary Malaco Records is a unique collection that is a must-have for any fan of the Blues!
He is the 2016 Best New Artist Album Blues Music Award winner. In 2015 Malaco artist, Mr. Sipp won the JMA Male Artist of the year, National Artist of the year, Blues Artist of the year. He is also the 2014 International Blues Challenge and Gibson Best Guitarist. He was cast in the recently released James Brown movie, "Get On Up" Mr. Sipp is loving to live the life he loves which is music. Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Child” with his high energy shows combining guitar excellence and vocal power, bring the Mississippi Blues to the concert stage with a soulful sound, a genuine love of playing, and a will to make every audience feel special. Coleman has traveled the globe playing his unique style of guitar but for him the most importantly, he is a God fearing, hard working family man. It has been said that Mr. Sipp will be the next “King of the Blues”. Mr. Sipp's new album, "Knock a Hole in It," released (April 7th) on Malaco Records.
What are the reasons that you started the Blues, Gospel and Soul researches and experiments?
Music was deeply rooted in my family. I was raised in a gospel home but had the blues all my life.
How has the Blues music and Gospel culture influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken?
The Blues is the Gospel and the gospel is the blues of everyday life. And as I journey throughout the world, I see that we all share the same characteristics. So that when the gospel or the blues is played, it brings about perfect peace and harmony all over the world.
How do you describe Mr. Sipp sound and songbook? What characterize your music philosophy?
My sound is a joyful happy energetic sound that can be a little rocky, soulful with a little bit of gospel. Through that I get the correct melodies to go with the stories in my life.
"The Blues is the Gospel and the gospel is the blues of everyday life. And as I journey throughout the world, I see that we all share the same characteristics. So that when the gospel or the blues is played, it brings about perfect peace and harmony all over the world."
Which acquaintances have been the most important experiences? What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Meeting B.B. King was the greatest experience for me. The best advice came from Mr. King which was play what I feel, feel what I play and love what I do and the people that I do it for and that’s my fans.
Are there any memories from gigs, jams, open acts and studio sessions which you’d like to share with us?
In 2013, my first appearance at the Chicago Blues Festival, Bobby Rush invited me up to do the jam with him. That was memorable and exciting because I had just started. Then playing with and behind B.B. King in 2014 was simply amazing for me. Not to mention all the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise jams.
How do you describe “Knock a Hole in It” sound and songbook? What characterize album’s philosophy?
The sound is what I would call the Mississippi River Blues Sound. Which consists of heavy guitar playing and soulful singing mixed in a joyful groove. The songbook is a reflection of my life. The philosophy of the album is to tell my story in such a way that it will gain the attention of all ages, race, and gender.
Are there any memories from “Knock a Hole in It” studio sessions which you’d like to share with us?
Yes while tracking the song “Sea of Love” the calmness of world peace filled the room.
Why do you think that the Malaco music and mission continues to generate such a devoted following?
It’s because Malaco specializes in putting out great music, great lyrics, and everlasting melodies. Malaco’s sound is enriched with a soulful presence.
"My sound is a joyful happy energetic sound that can be a little rocky, soulful with a little bit of gospel. Through that I get the correct melodies to go with the stories in my life."
How has the legendary label of Malaco influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken?
All of my international travels and I’m expecting to have a memorable experience in your country. Malaco has been great to me; they’ve allowed me to be a part of their legendary sound.
What do you miss most nowadays from the blues of past? What are your hopes and fears for the future of?
I am missing the sounds of B.B. King. What I hope for is the love and respect of the music to grow continuously.
If you could change one thing in the musical world and it would become a reality, what would that be?
If I could change anything, it would be how artist are paid.
What has made you laugh lately and what touched (emotionally) you from the local music circuits?
What has made me laugh is the struggle that I have to go through as a full time blues artist. (I laugh to keep from crying). Several things have touched me, such as when a person walks up to me and says, I never liked the blues until now or someone saying they’ve never felt so much joy through music. Then I am touched and move to see how music unifies us as people. It shows that music is a universal language, everyone understands it.
What has been the hardest obstacle for you to overcome as a person and as artist and has this helped you become a better blues musician?
As a person, one of the hardest obstacles is being away from my family while on tour. Then realizing where I come from which is the Gospel industry and just how different the artist are treated. It has humbled to say the least, also has given me the inspiration to make change.
What are the lines that connect the legacy of Blues from BB King and B.B. Coleman (Malaco) to Mr. Sipp?
We are both from Mississippi, we started playing in the church with a gospel background, we started at a young age, we speak through our instrument, the guitar, and most of all we tell our story through our music.
What’s been the highlights in your life and career so far? What is your BLUES DREAM? Happiness is….
The highlights of my blues career is being able to travel internationally, spreading my music all over the world and being able to see and feel the love that it brings. And being able to take my family on some journeys with me.
My BLUES DREAM is to keep spreading the love and joy around the world through my music, and that my musical works be recognized throughout the world before I’m too old to enjoy the accomplishments.
Happiness is music with no stress.
What is the impact of Blues and Soul music and culture to the racial and socio-cultural implications?
"I am missing the sounds of B.B. King. What I hope for is the love and respect of the music to grow continuously."
What do you learn about yourself from the Blues music and culture? What does the blues mean to you?
The blues is my life.
Let’s take a trip with a time machine, so where and why would you really want to go for a whole day..?
I would love to be able to just spend a day fishing with no phones, no meetings or having to deal with any issues. Just to be able to enjoy some peace and serenity of the water and my fishing pole.
In your opinion, what is the biggest revolution which can be realized today? What do you think the major changes will be in the near future of the world?
The biggest revolution is the music. The major changes that I think will be in the near future is that the world will depend on music to free their mind.
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