For Blessd (real name: Stiven Mesa Londoño), a music career seemed unreachable.
A day in his life usually started at 2 a.m. where he would sell fruit at a market in his hometown Antioquia, Medellín in Colombia, and then attend school from 7 to 1 p.m. From there, he would hit a recording studio, where he would create his songs.
“I would make eight dollars to ten dollars per day at the market,” he tells Billboard. “With that money, I would record parts of a song. One day, I had enough money to record an intro, the other day, I would record a chorus, and so on.”