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Rising Stars: Meet Wesley Bates

Today we’d like to introduce you to Wesley Bates.

Hi Wesley, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Growing up in Waterloo, IA. was tough for me and my family. When I was three years old my mother committed suicide. My old sister and I bounced around from family member to family member for a while. Everyone happens to be in their own sense of guilt blaming themselves for my mother’s death that it brought a cloud over all of our heads. But for me, music was something I could always turn to as a getaway the more I grew up. Growing up in the church choir & drill team; singing, playing drums and piano gives me my faith in Yahweh & soulful background that people have come to know and love. My family identified my talents early in life and wants to keep me as busy as possible. So outside of sports and athletics, I always keep busy sing, dance & rapping.

Traveling for performing events and more began at a young age to keep me involved and not thinking about the trauma in my family. As I continued to grow up, I started to try to understand the death of my mother and grew more interested in trying to figure out ways to help other people from doing the same thing. I started my clothing line the summer of 2018 and it is still going strong. Within the business, I’ve managed to sell over 4,735 items of merchandise made from my own hands. I was blessed to be in partnership with TMG Music a Production company that would later help produce videos, songs and more.

During Covid of 2020, my cousin (Malcolm Smith A.K.A Male G) packed all our things and moved to Colorado to continue chasing our music dreams and more. Later I became an independent contractor, then got into personal development and worked as a behavioral counselor, motivational speaker & worked in the Juvenile Service system. I knew if I could impact the youth through music, I would then have the opportunity to enrich success & proper fundamentals for the youth to help them reach their fullest potential.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As stated prior, March 20th, 1996 my mother committed suicide. This was something that for years my family and I still have issues dealing with. No holiday is the same and no event is the same. There’s always a void that feels missing. Being three years old and not having your mother there could be difficult for anyone. I too had grew up having thoughts of suicide feeling like there was nowhere to turn to or talk to. Because of what I was feeling, my entire family was feeling so it was hard to communicate about what we were feeling. This caused me to struggle in school going up. Having lacked of focus and felt alone in a room full of people. 2009 I was asked to join the high school band. This is where I really grew a passion for playing piano and grew deeper within my music artistry.

Working within the TMG group, I spent a lot of time traveling from city to city with slim to know money eight people in one-bedroom with maybe two beds in there all for the love of the music dream. We’ve had vans break down on us in the middle of nowhere at about three in the morning. Driven halfway across the world only to show up and perform for seven people. Set up merchandise tent in the blazing hot sun waiting for a sale all for the love of the dream. There has been many time when I’ve traveled out of the state for shows and I have had to be back in time for work at 5 AM in the morning. I would jump on the highway back home from a show and pull right up to work and sleep in my car for an hour before my shift started and then head to class right after I was finished with work all for the love of the music.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Music Artist Business Owner (We Active LLC.)
Public Speaker
Behavioral Counseling
Fitness Trainer
Certified Domestic Violence Trainer
Wedding Officiant
Car Salesman
Finance Management

What does success mean to you?
To me success is measured by the amount of things you accomplish is your life span that seems meaningful and impactful. If you have goals for your life, being able to accomplish those aspirations and visions you have for your life gives a great sense of success. Being able to plan, be organized and efficient is a few key components to reaching true success.

I would also say success is defined by your perspective. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Success is something that has to be wanted & desired. Then you will need the willpower to be able to overcome all obstacles in order to foresee the type of success that one wishes for in their lives.


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All of the “We Active Photos” @jonezpix

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