Genre: Hip-Pop- It's a fusion of Old-School Hip-Hop flow and cadence but with Pop and Rock influences as well.
Q: How did you get started in the music industry?
A: I always loved to sing. Since before I could talk I was singing. I wrote my first song at 13 and when I moved to Florida in 2006, I started recording music at home. In 2009, I met my engineer, Frank Starchak, and we have recorded over 5 albums and 4 singles professionally.
Q: How long have you been doing music?
A: Oh man, we are going on 9 years now! Time flies when you're having fun!!
Q: Who are some of your role models in your own family or in the music industry?
A: I would definitely say my immediate family has encouraged me greatly, TNT Tha Nasty Tone, who is my partner in rhyme, and Taylor Dayne and Missy Elliot.
Q: During your teen years, who were some of the artists you listened to?
A: I love so much music and it really spanned across all genres. I love Classic Rock, I love the 70's and most definitely 80's music. As a teen, I listened to Michael Jackson of course, Taylor Dayne, The Eagles, all kinds of Old School Hip Hop from Slick Rick to EPMD, Rakim, and Black Sheep. Teena Marie, Pat Benatar, man! I really could go on and on. I loved music that moved my soul and I found a lot of that growing up and was heavily influenced, in a good way. I also lovvvvveeee Broadway!
Q: How did you come up with your own brand and your own style?
A: Ha! That's actually a funny question. My style is not like anybody else's. I feel like I took rock and roll and mixed it with Dance Pop and Hip-Hop and it's reflective of my true musical soul which is all mixed up and chaotic but entertaining and engaging!
Q: As a young artist and getting into a competitive market, how do you feel about today's music?
A: Well, music sure doesn't sound like it used to when I was growing up. I feel like music today has lost it's authenticity, it's "feelings". I believe there are too many attachments to the "beat" and not the lyrics and for me as a songwriter, the lyrics are so important. I always want my words to resonate with people who listen to the music.
Q: What was your first song you ever put out, how did you come up with the name for it, and how can we find it?
A: Well, the first song I ever recorded professionally was "Pushed Up Against The Wall", a soulful R&B song that came out on my album, "Not Your Average Girl" in 2009.
Q: How do you feel about hip-hop and politics in the same arena?
A: Ummmm, next question!
Q: What is your latest project you have coming out?
A: Well, I just released my fifth album this year, "Let's Rock and Rap", and just re-released my single "Bounce" through AMG via Sony-Orchard. I am currently working on marketing for the album and the single and still penning songs for a future album release. I also do music with my partner, TNT Tha Nasty Tone, and we have a YouTube channel where we do Freestyle Fridays to Classic Hip-Hop instrumentals. We have a lot of fun and have met a lot of Old School Hip-Hop artists because of it. We have some great plans in the future with that channel.
Q: If you could change anything concerning the direction your path has taken what would it be and why?
A: I think I would take more time to do more research about marketing and to also find different avenues to promote my music and to get it heard.
Q: What are some of your future plans when it comes to your music?
A: I would love to have my music licensed for TV/Film/Commercials and also to be a songwriter for established artists.
Q: What advice can you give new artists coming up in the music industry?
A: You must have a thick skin! Let the insults and negative vibes roll off your shoulders, accept the constructive criticism, and always work on improving your craft.
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