The Vocalist Magazine SPRING 2013 ISSUE - Page 137

INTERVIEW stage and that adrenaline is running through you, it’s not as hard. But when I don’t it’s kinda tough and I gotta pace myself more and sometimes my vocals are not as crispy as I’d like them to be because my wind is not good. TVM: What do you like about your voice? (Pause) Umm... What I like most about my voice is what I like most about other singers voices. It’s the tone and the ability to be able to project and sing strong but also be able to sing sweet. ‘Cuz some people that have very powerful voices can’t really sing sweet and soft. And some people that have very sweet and soft voices can’t sing very powerful . I don’t have the most powerful voice but I can still push. Like I think Beyonce, she is one of those people that can give you power but still come back down to make a sweet sound with her voice and I think that’s what I like in most people’s voices : just the ability to have great tones to be able to sing soft and strong. TVM: And what differentiates you from other vocalists? Uh, my vocal styling comes from the 80’s kinda. I can sing a lot of different ways, but when I find myself most comfortable is when I’m not doing so many runs as much as just singing with a swing. Kinda like a little stocado. Sometimes it’s very punchy and I don’t find too many other current singers that have that kind of style. 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? Umm... I can’t tell you that I’m an expert in that area. I can only tell you for me, like being unique and a hard worker. Because there’s lots of talented people out here, but a lot of people don’t have an originality. There’s a lot of people that may be very original and talented but they don’t want to work as hard. I’m the kind of person that will go and sing and do whatever. I think that being unique and working hard is the most important thing for having a career in this business and willing to try whatever comes your way as long as you find it beneficial for you, knowing your craft, and being good of course is always helpful (nobody wants to hear somebody sing that can’t). TVM: Tell us about your upcoming album The Lioness. How has that experience been? And what can we expect? and it’s modern at the same time. For my first project I was nostalgic for the eighties because my mother had just passed, and I can remember when she wasn’t sick and we all lived in New Orleans, it was just a good time to revert back to. I haven’t been in love for a very long time, I’ve been focused on being a mother and a professional and a singer for years now. I think that musically I always revert back to the sound that’s most comfortable for me. My music is always really just about me. And I hate that I have to say that, but I gotta be honest I don’t really make music That experience has been long. I’ve been working on it for years. But it’s definitely gone from The Young Lioness - to The Lioness to The Lioness: Lover, Believer, Dreamer, Thinker. It is definitely a very clear representation of where I know I am and where I think a lot of other women are. It’s a place of wanting love and needing love, but not being weak , still being strong. Vocally, it’s very sweet. I’m singing from my heart and singing passionately. Lyrically it’s slick, you know because I’m a pretty witty person, I’m one of those spicy Black women (laughs). So it comes across in the record. Musically, its definitely hip hop, sexy soul driven, for other people, I make it for me. TVM: Where would you like to be in your career five years from now? Five years from now I would like to be international. I’ve been blessed to be able to go to different places with my music outside of the U.S.A. A lot of people really aspire to be really huge in America, but I more so aspire to being really huge everywhere else, because I love to travel and see different cultures. So five years from now I want my sound to be something that is definitely my own and something that has crossed over internationally. 137