A Wheeling man with troubled beginnings as a child is drawing on his faith and accomplishing all of the things he dreamed of growing up.
LaRon “Stevie J” Carroll is making his dreams come true. After growing up in foster care as a child, he refuses to let his past hold him back. He said it has pushed him closer to his faith and his music.
“The lady that adopted me was very big in church and very religious and she always encouraged me not to do the whole cussing music,” he said. “And so she was like, ‘You do music, you have potential, I know you can be great, have you ever thought about doing it for God?'”
Within an eight month period of time from posting samples of his music to social media websites like Sound Cloud, a music label contracted LaRon and signed him to not just one, but two record deals.
“It just picked up from there and it was all of the songs that I thought were the dumbest and when I created my mix-tape, it would be like, okay I like this song, it’s good enough for the project, but I don’t think it’s going to be a single. So when I put the album out, the were the biggest songs on the mix-tape.”
La Ron teamed up with his close friend Chris also known as Fly Boy Banks. The two worked together to record all of the songs on the album entitled ‘Universal.’ Fly Boy Banks worked as the engineer and producer, and La Ron as the song writer and performer.
“When I sent it into the label they were like, ‘Did you record this in a million dollar studio?’ and I was like, ‘Me and my friend have a home studio.’ They’re like, ‘Oh my god, they said artists who sent in their music that’s never been in a real studio have never sounded more professional.'”
Although he loves music and performing, La Ron says his most important job is being a father to his three infant children. “Father first, I love my kids and it’s crazy, because I didn’t want kinds… But now, having them, it is the best job,” he said.
LaRon is set to go on tour next summer and his album is set to be released nationwide on September 15th.
He has also been nominated for artist of the year and a couple of other categories for the Ohio Valley Hip-Hop Awards put on by Ron Scott Jr.