What first got you into music?
I grew up in a very musical household. My mother sings so from a very young age I was always singing. Anything I learned growing up was almost always taught through a song.
Who inspired you to make music?
I would have to say my mother did for sure. She's always been super supportive of my dream. With the help of her and my uncle I recorded my first song at 11 years old.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I would describe my music as soulful, even the most upbeat songs I have done have a classic timeless feel.
What is your creative process like?
I have to really take time at first to listen to the instrumental. This allows me to study the song and how it makes me feel in order to decide what direction I'm going in when I write.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with Brent Faiyaz. The combination of our voices on a song together would blend beautifully.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
I would love to open for Ari Lennox without a doubt.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
No matter how hard it gets, don't give up on your dreams. Success doesn't happen overnight.
What is the most useless talent you have?
It's a little embarrassing but I can pick things up with my feet.
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
I sing in the shower pretty much everyday. The songs I sing usually depend on what I've been recently listening to, lately I've been stuck on Insecure by Jazmine Sullivan and Bryson Tiller.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
It seems impossible for me to even imagine a life where my music career doesn't exist. I'm really big on baking so I feel like I would have gone to school to be a pastry chef.
Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues?
Do you have any upcoming shows?: So far most of my shows have been in Binghamton. I have also performed at a few venues in Monticello and around the New Paltz area. My favorite show so far was at Peterson's Tavern in Binghamton. We had the venue packed and it was a great show. My least favorite venue was at a restaurant/bar in Binghamton, it wasn't well put together and I wound up performing 4 hours later than agreed upon. I don't have any upcoming shows currently but I will in the near future.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The internet has made it far easier to get into the music business compared to a few decades ago. With social media at your fingertips you can network with other artists and people in the industry from all over. All you need is the right tools to take your music far.
What is your favourite song to perform?
My all time favorite song to perform is I'd Rather Go Blind by Etta James
Which famous musicians do you admire?
Some of my favorites would have to be Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu, Ari Lennox, Summer Walker, and Jill Scott
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
I had just gotten my new car after graduation and I went to a party. I was out all night, my friends and I went to Denny's and eventually got home at 7am. I never heard the end of it.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
If it doesn't serve you, let it go.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I would make the content more original rather than sampling all the time. While there are songs that are sampled that are still nice, I think there's nothing better than a song written from the ground up.
What’s next for you?
I am excited to be working with E Music Entertainment on some new projects that are in the works. New content is on the way and moves are being made.
Where can people find you?