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New Memphis, Tennessee 23-year-old crooner and Epic Records signee, Bernard Flowers releases a new two-part documentary entitled The Escape. The singer gives a glimpse of his old neighborhood where he grew up and gives a clear description of what it was like growing up around tough surroundings.

On the music side of things, Flowers said his Mom would play Anthony Hamilton and Bobby Womack, which heavily influenced the young star. He went from playing basketball with his team right to the studio later to work on his music. But during his senior year, Bernard decided to fully pursue music.

Bernard quotes:

“In basketball, I kind of felt like there were players that were better than me. But I didn’t feel like that with music. If I go to the gym with LeBron James, he’s going to beat me. He can dunk. He can shoot. But if I go in the studio with whoever, I feel like I’m untouchable.”

“It’s only right that I bring y’all back to the city that I got all got my game from. I knew I wanted to be an entertainer from day one.”

He also talked about meeting LA Reid for the first time:

“I played him music, performed it and left,” recalls Flowers. “I really didn’t hear anything back. I was like, ‘Man, what’s going on?’ But I kept working.”

A few months had passed and Bernard was called to come back to the label for a second shot:

“I was like, ‘I’m fittin’ to get this deal. I’m not playing. I’m fittin’ to stand on the table if I have to. Whatever I’ve got to do. [L.A.] treated me like I was already on the label. Like family. It was crazy. I knew I wasn’t signing with anybody else. He gave me a hug.”

A record deal followed just after LA embraced him.

Check out more on the docu-series HERE.

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