Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you ﬁrst interested in music?
I guess my vocal stylings kinda give it away. Church church and more church. I started with Gospel, which allows vocal freedom. Then, I went into musical theater; which taught me vocal discipline and consistency. Everything else fell into place. Also to mention, I have musical family members after whom I follow.
What motivates or inﬂuences you in your quest to make great music?
My quest is to make music that expresses what’s on my mind, in my heart, and in my life. My quest is to do what I love to the best of my ability while making people feel something. After all, art is supposed to make one “feel”. Great is relative. So my quest is to do my best when doing what I love…. and hopefully, someone sees my o!ering as a great one. 🙂
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
In the coming months, I’ll be promoting my music like crazy in preparation for my upcoming Australia tour. I’ll be hitting the Aussie road in December or January. Until then, I’ll be doing spot dates here in the USA and in Europe.
Tell us a bit about your latest album and/or single
My current single, SWEET OBSESSION, is rockin’ the Traxsource charts and has been since it’s release. It’s a song I’ve done with Sydney duo, Yogi & Husky aka Random Soul. I’ve also released one of my Frankie Knuckles produced tunes with Eric Kupper & Duane Harden called, GOOD FEELIN which is also charting on traxsource since it’s release and is part of my upcoming EP. My song with Lee Dagger of Bimbo Jones is now #37 in the Billboard chart. YUP! I’m a busy girl! 🙂
Success, what is the secret to it?
Diligence, tenacity, and the love of what I do…really no secret at all; just a “formula”.
What has been your biggest career highlight?
Opening up for The Prodigy at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. I love their music and to actually open for them on that stage all by myself was awesome: absolutely AWESOME!!!
Which stars of the music industry do you ﬁnd inspiring?
Carol King, Linda Perry, & Brenda Russell. They write AND record music successfully without giving up their privacy, freedom, nor control of their music.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Olivia Newton John!!! I used to have a poster of her on my wall as a kid. Kylie Minogue, the Bee Gees and Air Supply.
The shape of the music industry has changed signiﬁcantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
Well, it’s much easier for ANYone to release music and promote it via social media; which is a blessing and a curse. Hey! I say times are-a-changin’ and we just have to ﬂow with it; adjust. If one does not change, one dies. Music ALWAYS changes BUT the comfort is that it always stays the same 😉 Everything comes from something that was already there. I love it!
Thanks for the interview! Any ﬁnal message?
Thank YOU! I hope to see you all when I’m touring Oz and check out the music from my label, Ny-O-Dae Music. Some cool stu! 😉 http://www.facebook.com/nyodaemusic