How’s the reception been to your last album, Unleashed, which was released as a free download through Bandcamp.com been ?
Yes it has been really good. Much better than I anticipated since its my first mixtape. It was crazy because a year later I was STILL getting shoutouts and recognition on facebook and twitter. I would have people tweeting me from Africa and Germany that heard my music. It was beyond cool. That’s why I am so completely out of this world in LOVE with music. It is a universal language that affects the world. So powerful.
What exactly makes a “ Sexy, Classy lady “ ?
In my mind, a sexy, classy, lady IS who she is. She makes no apologies for who she is and ACCEPTS herself. See I am here to empower people, especially women. In this society we are made to feel weak, to doubt ourselves, to feel like we are not enough and to feel SELFISH if we ever do anything for ourselves and not for others. A sexy, classy woman is intelligent, confident, and feels absolutely no need for validation. She knows exactly who she is and what she stands for. She isn’t afraid to stand out or be who she is and do it all. Its sooo not about how you look, what you wear, or even your profession. Its truly how you carry yourself, who you are.
How would you say the Music scene on the West Coast differ from other parts of the country ?
I’m not sure. I mean in a superficial way I guess the music scene is different all over. However, at the core, every area has the same ideas with music. Music is expression and in every area there are parts of the music scene that are extremely free, open, creative, and accepting. AND there are parts where there is the opposite. It just depends on where you are. I feel that is so vague and so subjective that its so hard to answer accurately. Its always different and always changing.
Your previous songs have an overtone of female empowerment in them; Do you see yourself doing a more traditional R&B Ballad one day?
Define traditional? Does that mean a song that does not empower? I mean anything is possible, and I see my music journey going very, very, very far. So with that there will be tons of growth, transformation, and reinvention. So yeah, its possible however I will always sing and write songs I believe in. And I will always believe in empowerment. There is nothing wrong about singing the blues, however I will write from a different space, instead of a bitter tone, I feel I will write from a more authentic place. Meaning, bitterness isn’t as authentic to me. When we are upset or angry, underneath that is true hurt and sadness. There is a difference. I am more than happy to write from that place. Because its real.
Is there anything that you would like to do in addition to making music?
Yes!!! Tons of things! I am definitely a jack of all trades so its only natural I venture into different things. I see myself starting lines of clothing and accessories. I will act and be in movies. I will start organizations that help and empower girls and women. I will be apart of philanthropic organizations and help make a positive change in the world. The sky is truly the limit.
Is there a dream tour collaboration that you have?
Yes, I have always dreamed of touring with Justin Timberlake. He is one of my idols. He is so prolific and the essence of his music and brand is so magical. He is a big reason as to why I am where I am today. My love for his music inspires me like no other! (Besides Bey of course I would love to tour with her as well. She is out of this world. I am proud to watch her as a black female because she has made everything she ever wanted possible. She is truly an inspirational leader and powerful woman. I aim to have that same determination and drive.
As your Fan base continues to grow. Do you have any new projects in the works , and When can we expect new music from you ?
I have many projects in the works involving different things. I am extremely lucky, scared, and excited. This is a crazy ride and I am enjoying every second of it. I am currently in the studio for my new mix tape called Time To Shine. That phrase has been showing up a lot in my life lately and I have felt that sort of energy. I feel I have taken so much time to prepare to make it, that now is the time to do it. 2012 is my breakout year I can just feel it. I am so much stronger, faster, and wiser than I was a year ago.
In five years, where do you want to be?
I want to have several Grammys, I want to be in a place in my career where everyone knows who I am and what I stand for. I want to be able to affect a lot of young people in a positive way. I want to have everything I listed previously that i want to do in addition to making music. I want to be with a Major label that supports me, and my vision, and lets me be me and dive into my artistry. I truly believe the more we stay true to ourselves as artists and people, the more successful we are in our lives. Because people see how authentic you are and you can use your strengths and flaws to your advantage. You being YOU is why people will flock to you. So in 5 years I want to be me, I want to be happy and continuously pushing myself to be better and go outside my comfort zone. We’re either growing or were dying and I want to grow forever.
Interviewed by Prince T. Hernandez for StateLandinc.
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