Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
I’m an R&B/Pop Singer-Songwriter. I love rhythmic and anthemic melodies that tend to identify to most as “Pop”, but my background is largely in soul music or rock music that has a passionate foundation (Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, Robert Plant, etc.) I grew up latching onto anything that had that primal, passionate feeling about it. Whether angst, or pure celebration of a great spiritual journey (gospel). My biggest influences are definitely the vocal stylings of artists like Beyonce, Lauryn Hill, Jessie J, etc. and lyricism of Jeff Buckley, and a lot of indie songwriters. I’m drawn to melding my rhythmic and dynamic melodies with imagery or details. I write primarily on piano, but work in Ableton and often co-produce and record myself. So far every single released has been solely written and performed by yours truly! I am truly passionate about voice – and the intuitive experience and release that we each hold with our individual voices. So I love recording vocal s and writing for TV + Film, as well as performing live backgrounds (Chaka Khan, Bill Withers, etc.)
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
I guess it’d be classified as R&B/Pop. My vocals are definitely inspired by R&B artists. Both technically and melodically. However, my instinctive writing process is very much founded in pop/r&b melodies and lyricism. I love giant chorus’s and hooks and playing with constantly trying to find new ways to switch up rhythms and phrasings of songs.
“Bolder” was written very much in the moment. It wasn’t inspired by any specific experience. More so, it poses the question for any relationship (family, friend, lover): if we had one more night together before we inevitably had to end this – how would we spend it? So often, and in my own experiences, we dread over why or how the relationship ends rather than finding gratitude in the beauty and appreciation for such wonderful experiences.
“Bolder” is really just being honest with mistakes you’ve made, as well as forgiving and confronting those issues. It’s celebrating an incredible relationship that will inevitably end.
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
Staying true to yourself as a musician and artist is the most important thing. Even if that means you have no idea who you are haha. For me at least – it means respecting myself and allowing myself freedom to experiment and fail and trust my instinct. I think you start experiencing downs when you start looking at success as a tangible thing with a quantity of things determining whether or not you’ve “made it”.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I am incredibly grateful to be able to pursue my passion professionally. It is all thanks to the awesome listeners and supporters like yourself. I’ve been active in the industry for about 4 years now.
I hope to reach more people with my music, and continue to challenge myself to stay true to my music, my instinct, and not focusing too much on numbers, or material happiness.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
My soul would surely deflate and shrivel up if I didn’t. It sounds dramatic, but it’s so true! It’s all I’ve ever known and since I was about 5 years old I recognized this insane spiritual connection to music, and singing in particular. I am not religious, but for me music is extremely spiritual and acts as my religion in regards to trusting in a higher power. I believe music is insanely powerful and connective.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I have no clue! I think being authentic and sincere are important elements. Listeners have a strong instinct, and can easily sense when things sound contrived or calculated. I think true “hit” songs (whatever that means) are created out of true vulnerability, whether fun, angry, or sad.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
I hope that my fans are proud of themselves and love themselves. I have recognized how hard we are on ourselves in regards to failures, mistakes, success, and right now all I want to say to my fans is that they are amazing and so, so powerful. Especially when we all unite to support one another.
Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Stay true to yourself!
Name five biggest artists that you like.
Beyonce is THE queen next to Aretha who is obviously the OG queen.
James Blake is a force.
Stevie Wonder is just unreal. No words.
Lauryn Hill a true poet.
Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
I’ve collaborated with Brian Jones on “Sudden”, and a few others. I’d love to work with Kehlani, James Blake, Jack White… so many!
Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Too many options!
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
I’d donate to several charities of my choice to support Women’s Rights, Human Rights, Children, etc. and the rest would be used to fund making music and working with amazing engineers and producers!