Coach Day: Montgomery educator, hip hop artist, DJ & party planner has a message for parents

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Coach Day: Montgomery educator, hip hop artist, DJ & party planner has a message for parents

Day will DJ Saturday at High Places Entertainment, and has new music releasing on Halloween.

2020 release My Day. Yes, she really is a Montgomery educator who knows the day to day realities of students. That includes these virtual classroom times of COVID-19. Kids are raising themselves, said Aisha Day, a PE teacher for 21 years who works for Bellingrath Middle School. Theyre left at home to be little adults, and its kind of hard in todays age when youve got a lot of different issues. Day grew up on music - especially hip hop. In addition to her education duties, shes also a recording artist, DJ, party promoter and CEO of Gayme Day Entertainment. As a DJ, shes worked in many of Montgomerys clubs. She also often breaks out the skill at school functions and games. Little did she know when she recorded her Sept. 2019 song The 504 Blueprint about the real life issues of parents and students, that the message would take on a whole new level of meaning today during the pandemic. How can parents find time to help children at home, especially with working single parents? How much should older kids be relied on to help care for little brothers and sisters? Of course, there are homes that were unstable long before the virus because of things like lack of parental attention, addiction and abuse. Day put her own story of surviving family hardships out there in her 2018 song JusCus. In it, she talks of her fathers death when she was a child. For some strange reason, my daddy thought we were better off without him. So he too his own life. Sometimes I wonder how my life would be if he was still here, she says in the song. JusCus also talks of her late mothers strength. You never know how strong you have to be, until youre put into a position where youve got to be strong, Day sang. Days the first to admit that some of her music isnt for kids. Still, she can change it up for for younger audiences. Last year, she and a group of 8th graders did a live, clean version of her song Red Plastic Cup. The kids loved it, and were obviously hyped up as they ran around singing. Up ahead, Day will be on Montgomery music producer Noah Bakers Alabama Massacre No. 14 release. Shes already sang on No. 5 and No. 11 . Day said her next release should be out around Halloween. You can bet shell be blasting it around the city. Being a DJ gives Day an advantage in promoting her original music. Who better to play your music and break your single other than yourself? Day said. I dont have to beg anyone to break my single or get my music heard. Beyond singing and recording, Day knows the business side of music. You cant just go in the studio and record, and think thats it, she said. Youve got to do the footwork. Youve got to get out and do your visuals. Its a technological society now. Technology is whats feeding the streets. Day said its about getting the audience to put an name and face with it. When they hear the songs playing in the clubs, theyve got to know what artist made it. Basically plugging yourself, she said. Shell be on a DJ gig for ages 21 and up Saturday from 7-11 p.m. at High Places Entertainment, 3847 Narrow Lane Road. Masks are required to enter. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Capacity will be limited. I try to take the gigs that are actually going by the social distancing guidelines, Day said. You can find her music on most digital platforms. Follow her on Facebook @gaymedayent Instagram @coach334day and her YouTube channel under Coach Day Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel at [email protected]

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