What were some of your personal highlights when touring with Janet Jackson and Britney Spears? Working with Janet was quite surreal for me as she is iconic and helped to shape my passion for music. There was an undeniable confidence and determination that I desired to emulate. As for Britney, the best part of the tour was her generosity in sharing the stage and allowing us to shine, it was great to work with her as well!
Do you write your own music? I write the lyrics to the songs and work with the producers for the arrangements.
How did you get started in the industry? My very first background opportunity was on Heavy D’s album via my previous mgmt First Artist – I don’t think Heavy and the crew were really looking for me, but they were looking for an available vocalist at 11pm and that was me! From there, I went on to work with the Notorious B.I.G. and a multiple of other artist before touring with P. Diddy which came about from a chance meeting with Kelly Price. She had not heard me sing but there was an instant chemistry and she took a chance on me. That tour and her belief opened the door to later tours with Carl Thomas, Britney Spears and Janet Jackson.
What kind of advice would you give young women starting out? I would tell young women to be very clear of your goals and your purpose for the pursuit before you set out on this journey. I say that because if you are wavering, you will be presented with opportunities and circumstances that may initially seem appealing, but are not right for you. Surround yourself with people that are out for your best interest and keep in mind that professionalism, a great work ethic and attitude will open more doors than just having a great voice. Stay humble and remember that you must first be your own number one fan. People will subscribe to what you do when you are convicted about it. Don’t be tentative be absolute and go for it!
How would you describe your style? I would say my style is one of a soulful yet subtle urgency – I sing from a place of truth. My music contains essential R&B elements with a Motown influence, a hint of Disco and an absolute appreciation for Hip Hop.
What does the name of your album, “All Heart, No Regrets” mean? The album title was inspired by the person I am and the way I’d like to live my life. I love with everything I have and with a transparency that leaves me open and my goal is to make decisions that I can look back on without regret.
What are some things you miss about singing in the choir? I’m still singing in the choir of my church – Community Baptist in Englewood, NJ. I initially thought the idea of singing a solo at church was very daunting because I believe that it’s a privilege to minister to others and I never take that for granted.
What were some drastic beauty regimens to get you ready for the lime light? I would have to say when I highlighted my hair. It looked great but because my mom and I have fine hair, I quickly learned that I can’t do color and a perm! Every strand that had been highlighted was damaged. That was the worst so I stopped getting a perm and I can enjoy my color.
What beauty products do you use daily? I love Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector – it illuminates the skin even when rest has been deprived – it’s like drinking gallons of water. I also use Bobbi’s Brown eye cream and a moisturizer by Oil of Olay.
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