Khalilah Brooks: Canadian Small Business Woman of the month of June 2014

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Khalilah was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 10, 1977. Like most singers, Khalilah grew up in the church singing with her family. Khalilah learned through song, there was joy, tears and praise. At the tender age of 16 Khalilah really began to flourish when recognized by David Woods, the Artistic Director of the Black Artists Network of Nova Scotia.

David Woods gave Khalilah her first break to dance for his production group” Voices”. It was here where she discovered the need to perform. In 2002 Khalilah took the lead vocalist in the band “Faith in the Making” where she performed steady throughout Ontario until 2004. After the band parted Khalilah continued to preserver and joined a Hip hop group called “DaMovemeant” where she joined forces with two male artists to create a new Canadian sound.

Khalilah was recognized by American Modeling Talent Convention (AMTC) in 2005 where she traveled to Kansas City Kansas and ranked top 10 out of thousands of competitors for her unique style and vocal skill. Khalilah also did a short film where she made an appearance playing the character of “Sadie” the rebel biker in the film called “Sitting Kills”.

Her journey to Toronto since September 2009 has already been successful. She’s performed at local Toronto hotspots such as Sydney’s and Jo Mamas, Placed 2nd in the Istars Zack Warner competition for singer / song writer in April 2011, and 2nd place for her vocals in the “La Musique Circle” competition in May 2011. You might have seen her perform at Famous PEOPLE Players Theatre in Toronto as their lead female performer or News Talk 1010 jingle. Khalilah also plays an important role in the Toronto community working with Mentoring Junior Kids Organization (MJKO) through the sport of non-contact boxing.

Khalilah is now the founder of B-AM Children’s Entertainment a Musical Theater Story telling Company performing live shows where she plays the character Aunty B, teaching children how to love themselves and others and in June 2014 Khalilah published her first children’s book called “Feels Good to Be Kind.”

 

Our Q & A with Khalilah Brooks:

 

*What inspires you? 

I get inspired by the innocence and laughter of children; it triggers joy and an overwhelming feeling within my heart, it allows me to connect to a greater purpose.

 

*As a small business owner, what achievements make you most proud? 

The very thought of having an idea that turns into a  dream and then to see it manifested is my great achievement as a business owner and of course becoming an author and  writing my first children’s book.

 

*What advice would you give to other aspiring small business owners? 

If you are a small business owner and know that as long as you have a vision and you can reach each challenge one at a time and of course Stay Groovy (singing) while doing it.

 

*What new things can we look forward to from your business in the upcoming year? 

In the upcoming year our business will have more stories to share and merchandise for purchase. 

 

You can connect with Khalilah Brooks via the following:

kbrooks@b-am.ca

www.khalilahbrooks.com

www.auntyb.ca

Phone: 647.884.7546

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