Winston Warrior | Lifeology 101

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Lifeology 101

by Winston Warrior

On Lifeology 101, Winston Warrior fashions a relatable story of common life lessons to song. The music harkens back to the sounds of one-named R&B legends like Luther, Teddy, Marvin, Barry, and Donny. Relax and enjoy the refreshing sound of Vintage R&B!
Genre: Urban/R&B: Rhythm & Blues
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1. Keep Movin'
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3:32 album only
2. Winner (feat. DB)
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6:17 album only
3. Walk With U
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3:19 album only
4. Elevator
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3:40 album only
5. Willin' 2 Work 4 It (One of the Best)
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4:54 album only
6. Crossroads
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4:04 album only
7. Tuck U In
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3:54 album only
8. Ready 2 Love
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3:35 album only
9. Fragile
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4:28 album only
10. Get On
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4:43 album only
11. Bad 4 U
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12. Bad 4 U - The SeizVres Palace Remix
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Well… it’s been a long time coming, and now this moment is finally here. Despite all the obstacles, highs and lows, achievements and setbacks, your boy is writing this note to you as the prelude to my 1st debut solo album! Whew… crazy, right? I am very grateful to God for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chances. I don’t know what I did to deserve them (it was probably my praying grandmother Dessie “D” Ross - rest her sweet spirit and those of all my ancestors), but I’m so appreciative to have them...No doubt - I couldn’t have gotten to this point alone.

I am overwhelmed when I think about the sacrifices my mama (Melbahu) made to get my brothers and me from boys to men. Mama… you can never be repaid for all you’ve done and continue to do. The pride on your face when you look at me is my greatest joy. Love you!

To my brothers Dwayne and Johnny (and Erskine who’s no longer with us), and my sisters Courtney, Valencia, Tamika and Lynnola... thank you for your unwavering support. You’ve been the torchbearers for my dream. I appreciate you.
To my other family members... I carry you all with me always. I feel your prayers and well wishes everyday.
To my inner circle of friends... y’all know who you are. I could not have completed this project without your love and positive vibes.

To my Phoenix team... Warrior background singers {Jamye Royster, Keli Jackson, Ann Thomas-Davis, and Mickey (Fenner) Eaddy}, Will Jones, Selima Harleston, Brian Lemmerman, Khiem Nguyen, Krystal Kinney, and Magen Hooks... thank you for bringing my dream to life and for bringing my music to the world. To my Vocal Coach and Musical Director Ann McPhail... you turned these cords into real chops. Thank you for the long hours and endless patience.

To Kwesi Smith... bruh... I wouldn’t be here (literally) if you hadn’t been the 1st person to dare me to believe in myself again. You brought me from a guy with talent to a guy with a voice. Thank you seems shallow. A special thank you to my entertainment attorney Vince Phillips for taking my intial meeting, for believing in me and my vision, and for opening doors for me.

To my super producers and co-writers: Don Vito, Sean McMillion, Trey “DjGman” Thomas, Selasi “The African Kid”, and Lenny Hamilton, Jr....You pulled the best performances out of me and helped me make HITS man! To my original Lo Profile brothers... Nealon Sears and Artis “LaDon” Wright, my 1st manager Finesse Mitchell, and original group member Mark Smith... Thanks for being a part of my life, and introducing me to this industry. Lo Pro for life!
And finally to my “Fan-mily”... those of you from the Lo Profile days to those of you new to the journey... thank you for being the flames of this Phoenix. You’ve come to shows, tweeted, clicked Like, downloaded, visited sites, voted, texted, called, followed, talked, requested, bought, suggested, and prayed all for this boy from the “A”. YOU MAKE ME WORK HARDER to make you proud. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


You know... life can be unpredictable. It’s filled with life lessons. One minute you are in a limo whizzing away from a private showcase for the president of one of the world’s largest labels. You and your boys killed it, securing the promise of a record deal. The next minute… you are worse off than where you started seven years prior, - no deal, no hope - unable to even see your dream anymore.

This isn’t a fairytale. This is my story. What took years to create, and an instant to destroy, has taken a 2nd lifetime to rebuild. Fortunately, with my renewed faith as my foundation along with the encouragement of my true friends and a supportive team, I was able to overcome my self-doubts, apathy, and insecurities to become the flint of the Phoenix.
Since being on this journey again, the Phoenix has started to rise. My anthem and the 1st song I recorded on this new path is Keep Movin’. It speaks to all of us with dreams deferred or unrealized goals, telling us “Don’t stop, what ya doin’, keep it goin’, u gotta keep movin’!” Making that first step towards my dream was such a pivotal moment in my journey. You have shared in this process and now that I’m in a space where I can talk about how I’ve cleared some hurdles, I want to tell you another story. It’s another life lesson.

Let me tell you a story about love…

When you focus on being your best, that’s when you really start living. Your path is clear and your self-confidence high. Naturally you want to find your complement, the woman who’s a Winner just like you. People are flocking to you left and right… you can barely keep up. But only one has your eye. Don’t rush. Be yourself and say, “I just want to Walk With U, hold hands and get to know you.” Your connection is undeniable and the sex is mind-blowing. Like an Elevator, you’re exploring the heights of intimacy and depths of your love.

With everything so smooth, you didn’t notice complacency squeezing in. You can’t ride the wave forever. You can avoid crashing by communicating with her. You begin to question whether you two are really in this together equally. Are you two Willing 2 Work 4 It?

You’re committed, but she hasn’t stepped up her game yet. Before long, a lady friend who is also a P.Y.T. creeps into your situation, giving you the attention you’re deprived of at home. Now you find yourself at a Crossroads, contemplating which one you should choose…

You avoid a serious mistake by talking to each other openly. You’re asking for more, but she needs a little time. Let her process while you romance her like she’s never been done before. You ask, “Can I Tuck U In? Can I make you feel safe while we sort through our growing pains?”

Turns out you needed time too. Your baggage was also weighing you down and keeping you from being 100 with her. But you’re not afraid anymore. You’re a work in progress and despite your faults, you know you’re Ready 2 Love.
You’re clear, but does she share your sentiment? You’ve been building yourselves up but what about the cracks in your foundation? You love each other, but is your relationship too Fragile to mend?

How long do you wait for her to come around? She’s still not convinced that you’ve changed, and she can’t move past the ups and downs of your relationship. However, you can’t put your life on hold forever. If she can’t be happy with you, then it’s time for her to Get On and for you to move onto the next one.
Years later you bump into each other. You reconnect as if time hasn’t passed. You’re newly single…she has a man… that sounds complicated. Nevertheless you express, “I’ve got it Bad 4 U.”

Yes... life can be unpredictable. But isn’t it the unpredictability that makes life worth living? No day is the same and we can always choose to make each day and our situation better than the day before. So is the meaning behind Lifeology 101. Let’s keep growing and living Fam.
Until the next life lesson...


In addition to my co-writers and production teams, credit also goes to Finger Roll for his engineering skills on “Bad 4 U”, “Keep Movin”, and “Tuck U In”, and Mike T at CSP Studios for his vocal production and recording of “Fragile”. The Warrior Singers {Jamye Royster, Keli Jackson, Ann Thomas Davis, and Mickey (Fenner) Eaddy} for background vocals on “Ready 2 Love”, “Walk With U” and “Elevator”; and other background vocals by Tyler Noel on “Keep Movin’”, “Tuck U In” and “Elevator”. Also, T Thomas for additional backgrounds on “Winner”, “Willin’ 2 Work 4 It”, “Crossroads”, and “Get On”; and L Hamilton Jr. on “Fragile”. Songs mastered by Glenn Schick for Glenn Schick Mastering. Additional instrumentation on “Bad 4 U” and “Keep Movin’” by Joshua Cross on keys and Bernard Harvey on bass; and on “Ready 2 Love” by Markeith Black on lead guitar and Tom Young on bass.

Public Relations by Selima Harleston for Iwilla Entertainment. Promotions by Magen Hooks for Magen It Happen, Barry Benson and Shaun Ross for Stratus Digital Music Marketing. Packaging design, website and branding by Brian Lemmerman, Khiem Nguyen, Krystal Kinney and Thomas Holloway for Threefold Studio. Cover Art by D Lammie Hanson for Figurative Thoughts Fine Art Conceptual Paintings. Creative Direction by yours truly (WW), Brian, and Khiem. Videography by Will Jones for Vision Camp Media. Photography by Kenneth Hines Jr. and MARIO. Styling by Marcus Jackson for Caliber Models.


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