Q&A: Local musician George Downing, Jr.

Milford resident George Downing, Jr. can be seen every Sunday leading music at the Philadelphia Pentecostal Holiness Church in Ellendale. His music can also be found on ITunes, Amazon and Spotify. Special to The Chronicle/BTN Photos

Milford resident George Downing, Jr. can be seen every Sunday leading music at the Philadelphia Pentecostal Holiness Church in Ellendale. His music can also be found on ITunes, Amazon and Spotify.
Special to The Chronicle/BTN Photos

Name: George Downing, Jr.
Age: 31-years-old
Hometown: Milford-area
Occupation: Works at Tractor Supply in Milford
Education: Studied theology after graduating from Milford High School in 2004

Tell us about your family
“I have two kids, a son and a daughter. His name is Jeordan, he’s seven. I have a daughter, Jaslynn and she’s two. She probably acts like she’s 15, but she really is two. I have two sisters and two brothers. People would say we’re a family full of comedy. We love to laugh and joke. We love to play. My kids are: off the wall, energetic, the good type of crazy, a fun bunch.”
Tell us a little about what you do now
“Just living life as it comes and enjoying it. I’m revamping myself, kind of rebuilding who I am and using that as a direction as far as where I want to go versus fitting in. I’m very big on identity and understanding who you are first, versus being everyone else. Finding my identity has really helped find the music in me. Along with being a parent, a faithful employee and a good employee. Staying humble, stressfree, is a big relief on me. It keeps me cool.”
How did you get into music?
“It was always in me I believe. I think my first performance was in the old Milford Middle School at a talent show. I came in third place and won a bag of candy. My first award, I guess. Everyone told me I could sing but I was very, very shy. But eventually, around 15-years-old, I came out of my shell and performed for the high school at a talent show. From then on, I came into my own and found my voice. It grew on me.”
What kind of music do you do now?
“I do Christian and inspirational. Some of it has a different sound, contemporary. But I do know a lot of old folks who get with it, too. It makes my heart smile.”
Have you had one experience that stands out?
“I think the best was when I tried out for the Sunday’s Best. It was a good experience/bad experience. I made it through the first round, but in the second, she cut me off half way through with a big “Next.” But I have something better than competition singing. It’s not about the competition to me. To look at it from the Christian stand point, God didn’t have that set up for me. I didn’t try out again, I let it go. But it let me see that it’s not about that. I’m not trying to make a quick buck, I do it because I can and I love it.”
What are your future goals?
“Just to be remembered. I feel like I’m successful already in music. I’ve sung on big stages and in front of big people, but I want to be remembered for what I do. I try to be the same person on stage as I am off stage. I love people. I’m an all around good person. When somebody mentions my name, I hope they just smile and say, “Yeah, that’s a good guy.” I want to be a great mentor to somebody, a leader and an inspiration.”
Where can someone go to hear your music?
“I’m On ITunes, Amazon, Spotify and have CDs. I’m making up more now. It’s a slow season right now. I also play every Sunday at the Philadelphia Pentecostal Holiness Church in Ellendale. Eery third, fourth and fifth Sundays I sing, the others I play piano, keyboard or drums. The service starts at 11:30 a.m., come as you are.”
If you could tell the community one thing, what would it be?
“Take care of each other, that’s important to bond as a community. When it falls apart, help rebuild it. When things go bad, try to figure out how to make it better instead of hiding in your box and letting it fall apart.”

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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