The Vocalist Magazine SPRING 2013 ISSUE - Page 124

“I don’ t talk mu ch in the mo rning.” Well...When I decided to go in Haiti it was my thirtieth birthday gift to myself to go and visit the country of my roots. I didn’t really think I was gonna shoot a video, it was to visit and meet relatives that I never met. And finally at the last minute I decided “you know I have this song called Port au Prince on my album... I’m going to Haiti.... Why not...?” (laughs). There was this camera crew following me and filming. So it was great, we met a lot of artists, Carnival’s musicians with the big horns, these guys are a really popular group in Haiti. And at the end, we were painting with a very cretive artist called Eugene. He use recycle stuff from the garbage makes art with that. He’s the one that decided what we would do with the wall and he started painting. I felt really at home. TVM: What was it like to collaborate with such a renowned vocalist like Stevie Wonder on your song “Keep on Running”? It’s like a dream come true. He is a genius, I grew up listening to his music. I started my career in a show called “Generation Motown”, and we did a lot of Stevie Wonder on that show. So I’m so grateful that I had the chance to collaborated with him on my album. TVM: Tell me about the challenges you face as a solo vocalist? There’s a lot of responsibilities, but that’s what being an indie vocalist is. You have to think of a lot of things. I don’t have a manager or an agent or a team behind me. So everything is thought of, I have to write charts, work on the arrangement of songs and determine set list for my gigs. It’s ok because at least you have control over what you are doing and you’re not leaving it to someone else to do it for you and then next thing you know you are not satisfied. TVM: Who influences you vocally? Yeah... Chaka Khan, I really enjoyed listening to En Vogue growing up. I used to try to pick out every note that they would sing, that helped me today to do my own backup vocals. Um...Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey. The best of the best. TVM: What is your overall vocal regime and when would you say that you are vocally at your best? Umm... I would say mostly at night. I’m really a night creature (smiles) My day starts with with silence. I don’t talk much in the morning. I’m not much of a morning person anyway (laughs). So I kinda stay in my bubble for a couple of hours. And then as the day goes on, I slowly start warming up my voice. I will sing while I’m cooking or cleaning, even if it’s not like a conscious vocal exercise, it’s part of my daily routine (laughs). TVM: Is there any difference for you between recording in the studio and performing live? And which one do you prefer? I’m more of a live performer. The studio is fun but you always wanna get the perfect take. When you’re live, there no turning back, the moment is done, its done. But in the studio, everybody wants it perfect, perfect, perfect. I fi nd it really sad because, when you listen to old records like The Beatles, even Stevie Wonder, it’s not perfect you know 124