Teenagers take ‘Limitless’ center stage

KELLY BROOKS, REPORTER @kbrooks_1

“We are the music and the music is us. If our music was a person it would look limitless.  It would talk like limitless and in fact be Limitless.” That’s how Ezra M. Pearl said he describes his passion. Pearl is part of a teenage music group called “Limitless” where he’s group’s bassist.

Limitless is a local R&B group composed of five talented teenagers from Donaldsonville and Baton Rouge, LA.  Tamiko T. Stroud, a 14-year-old freshman at Ascension Catholic High School, leads the group vocally.

“Once I’m on stage I am where I was born to be,” she said.

Pearl is the newest member and his favorite artists are his brothers who play the drums and piano. He said performing in public with Limitless gives him confidence when he plays his music in other settings. 

Va’Len M. Glasper attends McKinley Senior High School.  Also 14, he has the vision to “see music as a significant part of my future.”

Michael J. Foster is a sophomore at McKinley Senior High and started playing music at five years old.  He is the band’s drummer.

The fifth member is a tenacious teenager named Tarell Flowers.  He said he hopes others walk away from their performances with a clear mind and a surplus of energy. He is a member of McKinley High School’s Big Blue Marching Band.

The group performed yesterday at the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville.  Soon it’ll take the stage at this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

“An interactive crowd is my favorite.  I like when the audience is attentive and picks up the message that I’m putting out,” Flowers said, who has 13 years of experience playing the keyboard.

The group plays an eclectic mix of music featuring songs by artists Etta James, Ciara, Rihanna, Lorde, and several original compositions.  They have 35 plus years of combined music experience according to their biographies.

Stroud is a singer in the church choir at St. Catherine of Sienna in Donaldsonville and began singing at four years old.  After graduating high school she plans to attend Southern University Baton Rouge to major in English and teach children.  My music is lovable and speaks to the heart, she said.  She hopes her music will help, heal and educate others.

Glasper also plans to attend Southern University and join their Human Jukebox Marching Band.  He said performing gives him more confidence and makes approaching new people easier. 

Foster said performing makes him more outgoing.  He also plays in the Big Blue Marching Band and hopes to continue his success as a performer and engineer.  Foster is currently a sound engineer at Shiloh Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA.

Pearl said he loves to play football but unlike sports “retiring from music doesn’t exist.”

“You have to die for that to end,” Pearl said. “You can deal with music for your whole life ‘til you’re on your death bed and probably even then.”

Limitless will play at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Sunday April 27 in the Children’s Tent at 11:30 AM.

Like them on Facebook for more information about the band and their upcoming performances at http://www.facebook.com/LimitlessBand.  

Follow them on Instagram at http://instagram.com/limitless_band