What inspired you to begin a career in music?
It sounds cliché, but I have wanted to do music for as long as I can remember. It’s in my bones, but I think my biggest barrier as a teen was shyness.
I don’t ever remember not being interested in music, but I would say that my earliest inspiration was Christina Milian and her song ‘Am to Pm’. What a throwback! I would sing that song over and over with my sister on our pop idol microphone and CD player that we got for Christmas.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
My dad, every old school RnB singer back in the day, Mali music, Alicia Keys, Chloe x Halle, Eryn Allen Kane, JP Cooper, Alessia Cara, plus random songs and unknown artists that I find frequently on Apple Music. The list is endless, but I am most inspired by artists that are different, that bring something unique musically, vocally and/or lyrically to the table. I am influenced by artists that are here to make a unique mark in history.
Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as a musician, when you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?
Mainly my relationship with Jesus, my family and my friends. I’m quite good at being self-aware, so I try not to allow myself to stay in a funk for too long. But if it does happen, I have a self-care check list hanging on my wall that I go through one by one. For example- have I prayed today? When was the last time I spoke to people that truly care about me, about what I’m going through? Have I been outside? Have I exercised? Am I on social media too much? Am I overthinking?
Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?
Yes. But I’ve got to say that the most recent wow moment was when I finally saw my debut single Woman uploaded onto all music platforms for the first time. I literally said ‘wow’ out loud, because it has been a long time coming. Other than that, it has got to be the amazing reception that I’ve been receiving from the song so far! It’s been crazy! People all around the world from England to America to Nigeria to New Zealand have listened to it and have told me how much they love it. It’s just very humbling that something that I wrote in the comfort of my own home has now reached so many homes far and wide.
We are loving your debut release ‘Woman’. What inspired you to write the song? Tell us about the creative process.
Why thank you! I’m glad to hear that.
I wrote Woman mainly because I wanted people, especially women, to know that they are strong, powerful and that they can do anything. As women, we tend to apologise for being who we are but this song does the exact opposite. It says, ‘hey, look at me! I am a woman, I am unapologetic about it and I am ready to conquer the world!
Writing this song actually flowed quite naturally. I think I was tired of frequently being asked to get my eyebrows threaded… and then Woman happened.
What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
- If you believe in your talent and gifts, and if you believe in your purpose, go for it.
- Work hard and do your research so that your career is sustainable.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- There is no shame in having a side job until things balance out.
What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?
Haha! No clue! But there will definitely be more songs. Potentially a tour…?
Anything else you would like to add?
Your questions have been fun to answer. Thanks!
‘Woman’ is available now from Apple Music and all major digital platforms.
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