A: I think it was just in me. But however hearing
Michael Jackson as a baby inspired me greatly. I just remember hearing beat it and Thriller. I grabbed the mic and I fell in love. I just wanted to sing.
Q: Is there anything in particular that pushes you?
A: I’m inspired to live my dreams and accomplish everything I said I would. I believe in myself and because of the examples I’ve seen in my life I know it’s possible. I’m also inspired to follow through. It’s easier to quit rather than follow through on your dreams. I’ve seen it too many times. People have let their dreams go and that can’t be me!!
Q: DESCRIBE YOUR SONGWRITING PROCESS IE HOOK FIRST/VERSE?
A: Typically I write the verses and the hook is mainly the last thing I would write. I get inspired and begin to pen the song. Sometimes a hook will come to me and I’ll write around that.
Q: WHO WOULD IT BE YOUR DREAM TO WORK WITH PRODUCER WISE/ARTIST WISE
A: Omg it’s so many amazing producers and artist that are so talented out now. Producer wise I would love to work with Timbaland, Redone, Will.I.Am, Kanye West and Missy Elliott! Artist Beyonce, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Rihanna & Alicia Keys, Fantasia, Monica and Brandy.
Q: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND?
A: It’s really eclectic and universal. It’s a mixture of Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock.
Q: Do you have any other hobbies aside from music?
A: I’m passionate about writing, acting and fashion. I would say equal to my love of music. I not only write music but I love writing books. I say books because I’ve written some that have yet to come out. I also love writing motivational things. I love acting. I want to be a great actress as well. It’s my passion as well as fashion. I’ve been playing dress up since I was a baby. Everything I love to do I’ve done since I was a kid. It’s just who I am. I have to do all of these things because they are my love.
Q: What song of yours do you consider to be the most successful and why?
A: My song “The Take Ova,” “I Have a Dream” and of course my new single “Red Carpet Action!!” I released “The Take Ova” in ’09 and it instantly resonated with people because of the message. The song was about taking over and living your dreams against all odds. “I Have a Dream” was released in ’06 and people instantly related to the message, the passion and tenacity in the song. My songs are for the people. It’s my life. My songs are real. Currently my new single is blowing up because its young, hot, fresh and new. “Red Carpet Action,” just like past songs of mine, are for everyone. It’s your time to shine and people love that…
Q: What sets you apart from other artists ?
A: I’m one of those type of people where I have to be me. Nothing more nothing less. I pride myself on being an individual so it just comes natural to stand out. I believe in being original and
I feel that alone sets me apart. I’m ME!
Q: Are there any current artists you feel possess great songwriting talent?
A: Yes. Alicia Keys, Neyo, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Jayz, Taylor Swift and Drake.
Q: WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
A: At this time JayZ and Beyonce are amazing!!! I love what they both have done individually and collectively. Rihanna and Lady Gaga both are amazing. I love individuality.
Q: Where do you see your career in 10 years?
A: Wow! Well with faith, hard work, dedication and my drive, I hope to be an artist to reckon with in this business. I want to be internationally successful. I want #1 albums, platinum success and grammies. I want to build an empire around my music that consist of music, film, fashion and books. I want to be a household name and a full entertainer/business woman. I want to some day open the doors for other people. In 10 years I want to be positioned to do so. I want my clothing line to be a success as well as my movies and books. Great things are what I foresee. I believe!
Q: What was your biggest obstacle in your music career?
A: Meeting the right people that can assist me in getting to the next level. Because you can be the most talented but without any open doors it’s pointless.
Q: Where were you in your music career 2 years ago?
A: Starting to finally network and meeting the right people. Before that it was just hitting brick walls. I’ve been at this since I was a little girl. People always told me once you meet the right people its a wrap. It’s been alot of hard work and dedication. I always say Blood sweat and tears. I was on my grind then and I still I am. I still have a long way to go because I want to achieve and accomplish so much.
Q: How do you feel you have grown as an artist?
A: I think that growth is inevitable. Every song I do I’m determine to get better. I’m open to corrective criticism in order to grow. I’ve grown as a song writer because I’m always writing. My vocals and delivery are better as well. I’ve grown creatively because I’m open to grow and expand as an artist. I want to be great, so growth is mandatory.
Q: HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR CHURCH ROOTS INFLUENCES YOUR MUSIC?
A: It gives me passion. I think it also inspires me to continue to dream and believe even when it gets hard. Because indeed it gets hard so my faith keeps me going…. I know all my dreams are possible and I cant stop!!