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Rising Stars: Meet James Dale Jr.

Today we’d like to introduce you to James Dale Jr.

Hi James, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’m the Founder and CEO of an Independent Record Label… Stratland Entertainment. I’m also the flagship artist who goes by Strat. Although I have many years of experience in music (over 10 years)… Stratland has been building from the ground up, only the last few years.

It was established in May of 2020 after I decided it was time to get serious about my dreams. See… the main arc of my story is that my addiction cost me many years of my life and I’m lucky to be alive… many times over. I’m a recovering alcoholic going on 5 years of sobriety.

Music has always been my passion and something I’ve always been good at, however… my biggest demon was always standing in my way. I wouldn’t change anything about my life though. It’s all made me into the man I am today and I do what I do to inspire and entertain. I want to be a person who people look at and say… well if he did it, I can too.

I want to be someone that people can look up to and say… it’s never too late… to come back from anything… and thrive. To come back and have success. I’m a firm believer and can testify that with gratitude, hard work, dedication, determination, faith, and belief… whatever you want… is yours.

Stratland continues to grow with every new release and I know that only the best is yet to come.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest challenge has been running the business while still working a full-time day job.

Although I have a few people who help me with some things, many responsibilities fall on me. Which include…writing, recording, promo ads, and graphics, legal paperwork, networking, social media, booking, talent scouting, etc.

Another challenge has been building the fanbase. We are growing though, as people begin to see the quality of the art and consistency. So we are grateful for that,

All in all… the challenges come with the territory and Rome was not built in a day. We just continue to lay our bricks down and stay positive.

What’s next?
I just released my second official album titled “DVLPMNT”. It is available on all streaming platforms.

A music video for the single “Katana Mantra” was also recently released via The Strat Channel on YouTube. So right now we are promoting heavily and will have some interviews and press coming up, as well as some more things to accompany the album.

Also… I am currently working on a few more releases and am looking to drop those this year. Tons of ideas and lots of things cooking, so I’m sure excited for the future.

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