What made you get into music?
What made me get into music was essentially my passion to sing. I didn’t care if it meant I wouldn’t get famous, but just to get paid to do music seemed ideal. I could not imagine doing anything else. All I do is hum and think of music. I can’t ever get it off my mind.
Did you always have a team of supporters like family and friends when you decided you wanted to pursue it as a career?
My family always supported my dream. Ever since I was a kid I was told I had a good voice. I also was put in musical activities like choir and different theater shows. And I don’t gave fiends who don’t support me. You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends. If you have people pulling you down, let them go!
Who were some artists that you grew up listening to and who are artists you listen to now?
Definitely Michael and Janet Jackson. They are my main influences, especially Janet. It doesn’t matter if I am singin rock, pop, edm, or Rnb. You can see how influenced I am by them whether I want to be or not. As far as other artist growing up I loved Lauryn Hill, Sade, Erykah Badu,Whitney Houston, Usher, and Mariah Carey, and I also had a major thing for Christina Aguilera when she debuted. Among many others. I loved so many people, music was so good then.
As far as today’s current artist my likings are so varied. I like Ciara, Justin Timberlake, Coldplay, Usher, Beyonce, Britney Spears and Rihanna. Rihanna is such a beast, her production is always so seamless and superb.
How would you describe your sound?
I am a pop and RnB artist, but I’d like to say I can do almost any genre. That is something I always admired about Janet’s catalogue. She dabbled it all, Pop, Dance, Electronic, Blues, Jazz, Rock, even Country and big band. I think so many artist focus on sticking to one genre, that they don’t know there is so much more they can infuse, as long as you stay true to your own sound, you can do anything with the right production.
What is your favorite song you’ve made so far? Why?
It varies, but I think the gem is definitely joy. It is such a mellow, smooth, cool song. It just makes me think of a relaxing summer night.
What are some of the low points you’ve experienced as an artist today?
I tried for a few reality singing shows and never made it all the way. Auditioning for X-Factor I got SO close I felt, but still fell short. I know in the end though, that it just was not the path for me. So I grew from it, and learned that at least I know I DO have the talent.
Have you been working on any new material for the new year?
I am always working on new things. Melody’s and lyrics always pop into my head time to time, I think as an artist we have to feed off of it and make sure to always write stuff down as soon as possible, as soon as we come up with something, even if it sounds silly. You never know what you can create from it.
How do you want to grow as an artist?
I want to continue to grow in every area. I am never satisfied and can always improve on everything. Being a self critic can have it’s downfalls, but being content in such a changing fast past business is also just as dangerous, if not more.