"The music business is funny. Some artists go 10, 15 years of making records before they ever recoup and make any money," Mr. Howard said. "The label can be the same, because they're depending on the artist. Hopefully it won't take that long."
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"It's always been something I loved," Mr. Howard said. "I knew one day that I would transform to that."