- How long have you been in the music industry and how did you get started?
Ive been singing before I could talk or walk. I started off singing in church choir and school chorus. I was discovered singing the national anthem for the Brooklyn Cyclones at MCU Park when I was 8 years old. Shortly after I was in contract with the NYC Metropolitan Opera House where I stood and studied until I was 15. Growing up in the opera world definitely cultured me and shaped me into the refined person I am today. After I left the MET I started writing and performing my own songs. I loved doing this for I was able to take people that didn’t know each other and connect them through my music. I would be taking my thoughts and feelings and connecting it to their stories. I feel so many people feared exposing themselves to the world and so I choose to help them out. Instead of hiding how they feel I allow people to express how they feel through my music.
- Clearly, visual media is an important component of your marketing plan. Your new video, “Imagine” is a unique way to release your cover of the original. Tell us how you developed the storyboard for your video.
Imagine started off as just a cover I was going to upload to my YouTube page. I was singing this cover because of all the negativity that was going on the world. I felt it was a good way to restore peace and bring on a movement of happiness. As I was recording at the studio, I envisioned groups of people standing together and I said I want to make that happen. I started contacting all my friends and family and when that wasn’t enough I started messaging pages from countries and states all over the world on all social media asking people if they would want to be a part of this movement of happiness.
- Out of these three scenarios, which do you ultimately prefer? Entertaining a live audience, creating songs in a studio setting or shooting a music video?
I cant choose..choosing between all of those choices is like a mother choosing a favorite child. I love each of these things individually because these ideas are what make me up as an artist. When I create songs in the studio, I am creating stories and ideas that I need to express and that I know millions of people if not more could relate to. When I perform in front of a live audience I am singing these stories to the people I am standing for….my fans. Now, shooting a music video brings a reality to those stories and gives a vivid description of what Im trying to express.
- Do you at any time, consciously try and incorporate influences from your favorite artists into your music?
No, I don’t consciously do that. I write from my experiences and I hear these melodies in my head. Sometimes they will even come to me in my dreams. I could be sleeping and then BOOM at 1 AM I wake up with this catchy tune attached to words and have to immediately record them onto my voice memos on my iPhone before I forget them.
- Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music business process excites you the most? Which aspect discourages you the most?
Being an independent artist means the sky is the limit. The only limits I have are the ones I set. I also love that I get to be a role model for people everywhere that listen to my music. Well with ups there are downs and with being an independent artist its me, myself, and I. I have to do everything on my own. I get help but not as much as people that are signed.
- What is the best piece of advice in this business that you have followed so far?
Treat every performance big or small as if it was the largest event of your career. You prepare the same, rehearse the same, and always give it your 100% best. Every person you are singing or performing for deserves that from you as an artist.
- If someone has never heard your music before, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall style and sound?
I would say Im a dance pop with a twist of a RnB and EDM blend.
- As you work your way through your career, which more than any fires up your imagination? A Grammy award? Platinum music sales, or some other tangible milestone?
The idea of standing on stages all over the world as I sing to live audiences watching their dreams and stories come alive through me. I want to continue my life traveling the world living this dream.