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User profile: Frederick Castro


Growing up, Frederick Castro was always encouraged to sing anywhere he could. Singing since the age of 5, he began to fall in love with music. However, when middle school came around, he found himself losing the drive and the passion for music. This was due to his lack of interest in band class with the company of his French horn. He began to feel discouraged and felt like he could not match up to his potential. However, after picking up a guitar at the age of twelve, he discovered a new drive for music. After learning three basic chords, he fell in love with guitar, and combined that with singing, eventually writing his first song at twelve.

Frederick decided to set aside his band days and find a new musical identity. He began to become involved in his church band and continued writing. Down the road he faced a few twists and turns. He began eighth grade in a new school and a new town. Beginning to lose confidence in everything, it did not help that his father was deployed overseas later that year. Eventually, he arrived at a state of depression. However, the only healing for the pain was two things: his faith and his music. But still, he struggled to find HIS sound.

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