Navigating the Music Industry with Shepherd plus a real talk conversation about Bipolar Disorder

On this episode of Da Fixx, we discussed a range of topics from a controversial Disney lawsuit to mental health awareness, bipolar disorder and the power of faith-infused music. We also had the pleasure of interviewing Sheperd, a talented recording artist, about his music, collaborations and navigating the music industry.

Disney Lawsuit: A Battle for Free Speech?

In this episode we delved into the news about a lawsuit involving Disney. The case revolved around a law concerning the teaching of sexual orientation and gender in schools, a case that Governor Ron DeSantis and his team won. However, Disney is now claiming that this is retaliation against their right to free speech.

We shared our thoughts on the matter, expressing our concerns about the influence Disney has over children and our disagreement with certain changes being made. We both felt that this situation could have been handled outside of the court system, avoiding what seems like a tit-for-tat situation.

Mental Health Awareness: A Crucial Conversation

We also touched on the importance of mental health awareness. It’s a topic that needs more attention, especially in today’s fast-paced, high-pressure society. We believe in the importance of having open conversations about mental health, and we’re committed to promoting positive and relevant music that centers around Jesus Christ, offering hope and solace to those who may be struggling.

Shepherd: A Rising Star in the Music Industry

Our episode also featured an interview with Shepherd, a recording artist who recently went on tour with mainstream artists to spread the gospel. Shepard shared the story behind his song “Game Time,” a collaboration with other artists that was performed at a rap fest concert in Chicago before it was even released.

Shepherd’s passion for music was evident as he discussed the quality and authenticity of the verses that the artists sent in. He emphasized the importance of bringing truth and hope into their music, a sentiment that resonated deeply with us.

The Business Side of Music: A Necessary Understanding

Shepherd also shared his insights on the business side of the music industry. He stressed the importance of registering music and understanding the business side of the industry. He shared his experience of his song blowing up and receiving sync placements, emphasizing the need to get paid for your hard work.

Shepherd also discussed the pros and cons of being an independent artist versus being signed to a major label. He highlighted the access to resources and relationships that come with being signed, but also mentioned the potential limitations and control that labels can have over an artist’s music.

Bipolar Disorder: A Call for Compassion and Understanding

Our conversation then shifted to the topic of bipolar disorder. We discussed the symptoms and behaviors associated with manic and depressive episodes, emphasizing the importance of understanding and seeking help for bipolar disorder.

We acknowledged the challenges faced by loved ones in supporting someone with bipolar disorder and the need for compassion and patience. We also discussed how grief and life events can sometimes cause similar emotional fluctuations, but the key difference is the duration and severity of the episodes.

Wrapping Up: A Call to Action

As we wrapped up this episode, we emphasized the need for believers to show compassion and love to everyone, regardless of their struggles, and to continually strive to improve themselves. We expressed our gratitude for the opportunity to interview Shepard and discuss the impact of his faith on his music career.

We also encouraged listeners to be authentic and real, stating that true recognition and connection come from shared experiences. We reminded everyone to stay focused on turning negatives into positives and to prioritize kingdom advancement.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. We look forward to bringing you more insightful conversations in the future. Be sure to leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the show. Catch this wave weekday mornings at 6 est. on Holy Culture Radio Sirius XM, Channel 154. Want to support the work? Make a onetime donation or shop our online store. Until next episode, have a great day and remember to stay focused on turning negatives into positives.

Bipolar Disorder: Understanding, Supporting, and Breaking the Stigma and Navigating the Music Industry with Shepherd.


The Disney Lawsuit [00:00:59] Discussion about a lawsuit involving Disney and the teaching of sexual orientation and gender in schools.

Ron DeSantis’ Actions [00:02:15] Opinions on Ron DeSantis’ actions against Disney and the potential retaliation involved.

Interview with Sheperd [00:09:32] Introduction to Shepherd, a recording artist, and discussion about his music, collaborations, and recent tour.

Timestamp 1 [00:10:17] Shepherd’s history with the judges at a rap fest concert in Chicago and their connection to his song “Game Time.”

Timestamp 2 [00:11:08] Focus praises the lyrical abilities and metaphors in Shepherd’s collaboration record and asks if it turned out the way he envisioned.

Timestamp 3 [00:12:15] Shepherd discusses the lack of unity in collaborations among artists and how social media has affected the music industry.

The importance of music registration and sync placements [00:20:13] Discussion on the benefits of registering music, having contracts, and the potential opportunities for sync placements.

Pros and cons of being an independent artist [00:22:11] Exploration of the advantages and disadvantages of being an independent artist compared to being signed to a major label.

The need for acceptance in Christian hip hop [00:26:29] Reflection on the pressure to be accepted by the mainstream music industry and the importance of staying true to oneself in Christian hip hop.

Shepherd’s upcoming music release [00:30:11] Shepard discusses his excitement for an upcoming single release and his plans to tap into his Latin roots.

Discussion of a potential Latin music project [00:30:41] Focus suggests a collaboration between Shepherd and Angie Rose for a Latin music project.

Choosing a supergroup with Drake and Kanye West [00:31:00] Focus asks Shepherd to choose two artists, dead or alive, from any genre to form a supergroup, and Shepard selects Drake and Kanye West.

Title: Understanding Bipolar Disorder [00:40:26] Explanation of the different types of bipolar disorder and the need for medication and therapy in managing the condition.

Title: Documenting and Approaching Bipolar Episodes [00:43:35] Advice on documenting and observing bipolar episodes to better understand and support loved ones, and the importance of approaching each episode differently.

Title: Mental Health Awareness and Statistics [00:45:10] Discussion on the prevalence of mental illness in the United States, the importance of seeking treatment, and the need to remove stigma surrounding mental health.

The importance of patience in therapy [00:50:08] Discussion on the need for patience in the therapy profession and the value of incorporating scripture in therapy sessions.

Challenges of medication in the black culture [00:51:07] Discussion about the stigma surrounding medication for mental health in the black community and the need to support and not shun individuals who require medication.

The importance of compassion and understanding [00:52:01] Discussion on the need for compassion and understanding when dealing with individuals with bipolar disorder or manic depression, and the importance of providing support and guidance.

The importance of real-life experience [00:59:51] Discussion on the frustration of listening to people who have never experienced certain things trying to teach or motivate others.

Understanding mental health issues [01:00:54] Tips on how to communicate with people who may have mental health issues.