The Vocalist Magazine SPRING 2013 ISSUE - Page 121

TVM: Do you find what you eat affects your voice? Definitely. Any kind of dairy products like milk or cheese. If I have anything like that before I sing, I am definitely going to sound a mess. TVM: Is there anything in particular that you eat before a show? I probably won’t eat, I’ll drink tea. I love to cleanse everything. And I’ll maybe have a shot before, just to clear out everything. Just a small shot. TVM: How has your vocal practices changed since you first began recording and performing? Oh totally. They have totally evolved on all levels. From having some imperfections with grading or scales not being as perfect as they should be to now it’s becoming something more comfortable. It’s not as difficult as it was before. TVM: What is a typical rehearsal like for you? Um... I wake up early in the morning and I’ll do breathing exercises, I’ll do diatonic scales, and I’ll maybe go over my motor skills a little bit. Because I sometimes have an issue pronouncing words, I’m from New Orleans so I have some pronunciation issues (haha). So I always do my motor skills to make sure I get better at doing that. Because I have that accent, sometimes I speak fast and people don’t really know what I’m saying. So I’ll do that for about an hour or two hours. And then when I’m winding down, I’ll do breathing, and just take it back down ‘cuz it’s been through so much work. TVM: Describe one challenge you constantly face in your practices? Breathing is always an issue, I’ve had asthma my whole life and I never use it as an excuse. I fought through it to not have to take medicine, so I’ve learned how to control my breathing. You know when you’re a dancer and you’re on stage, stamina is an issue. So I always try to focus on that. I try to hold my breath or hold my notes for at least thirty seconds to forty-five seconds. I’m working harder to get that longer and I love challenges, it’s something I can get better at. TVM: Do you feel a connection between physical workouts and vocal workouts? Definitely, I’m a dancer so you know I take different classes, I’ll take modern, classical and jazz classes. It depends what part of my body I want to work out, sometimes I’ll take an afro-cuban class or tap de- pending if I want to work on my legs... And that helps me with my breathing which then helps me with my vocals. Because everything I’m doing is from the diaphragm. TVM: What do you like about your voice? (Pauses)...Umm I love my tone, I love the versatility. Like I love the fact that you know it has it’s own sound and body and I think that I don’t have to put a lot on it because it’s my tone. And I’m a middle alto, I got a great range but my bottom is a really beautiful sound. TVM: I agree. And what differentiates you from other vocalists? The fact that I have those things. A lot of female solo artists are alto sopranos, you know they got very high voices. Whereas there’s only a few of us that have that inner alto range and I think that’s what makes it beautiful and special. TVM: In today’s competitive music industry what does it take to pursue singing as a career? How did you follow your dreams and make it happen? I wanted it. Hunger. You know what I mean, you say you’re gonna do it so you do it. It’s that simple and I’m not afraid to leap, I love to jump and I love to take risks. TVM: For those who want to be vocalists, what advice would you give them? Make sure you study your craft. Don’t just be a singer, be a vocalist. Like you guys represent here at the magazine. I mean really take care of your voice and understand that it’s a muscle and it can be moved, stretched and built. You know you can really make it something powerful if you take the time to really invest in it. If you do th at, there’s nothing you can’t do. The more you practice and work out you’ll be able to do things that you could never even imagine. TVM: Where would you like to be in your career five years from now? All over the world. TVM: Any places in particular? No I mean just like all over the world, like world domination. Like when people hear me on the radio they know that that’s our sound, we created that. That’s my voice.