What inspired the lyrics of your last single “Hurricane”?
I had dated around a lot in LA but could never keep a long relationship. Eventually, I met someone who knocked me off my feet, and a great song came from it.
The song also talks about being misguided and making mistakes along the way. Eventually getting back on the right path.
Tell us more about your album “Inner Warrior”….
Inner Warrior is my inner cry, my long awaited musical anthem. I had always wanted to put out a body of work that truly represented me as an artist. I wanted to co-produce and write on every song, which I did. That way it would feel more authentic and relatable.
What is the best verse you ever wrote?
“Was on a fast train to nowhere land, head above sinking sand, chasing highs and ignoring signs stuck with no direction” is one of my favorites.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Forever”?
To be honest, I wish I could take credit for writing that song, but it’s the only song on the album I didn’t write.
My good friend and Grammy Award winner, Sam Hook, wrote it. He’s a very talented lyricist.
I love that song and connected with every lyric it in the studio. It’s the only song that I took from my last project and put on my current release.
Music is a universal language that can speak to any age, any ethnicity, and background.
Music can unite and bring a mass amount of people together for a brief moment.
Music tells a story, can take you on a journey, heal past wounds, bring you back to the past, and dream of a future.
What was the happiest moment in your career?
I think the early days of performing on Broadway at such a young age with no responsibilities but showing up to sing and act every night is the root of my success and happiness.
The ultimate freedom to create, play and work hard. It grounded me and prepared me for the future.
I would like to always think of myself full of joy and happiness, which is the meaning of my name. Every day gets better and better.
…and the most difficult one?
The most difficult time in my career was my early 20’s.
I had so much success and fame thrown at me when I hadn’t really matured properly.
I made some mistakes, continued to find myself and eventually got back on track. I worked hard no matter what I did but got a little lost in direction from being pulled by so many different people and things.
It’s a blessing and a curse to be good at a lot of things. Some days wanting to act, others wanting to sing with managers and agents telling me how to act and sound.
At one point you ask yourself…what do I want? Who do I want to become? Eventually if you keep asking yourself…you will find the answer.
Just never give up, always believe in yourself, and work, work, work. Nothing comes easy; nothing comes for free, and if it does, watch out! lol
What inspired “Goodbye”?
“Goodbye” is a beautiful love song of going down a path and realizing you might be going without the one you love.
Realizing that she is the only one for you and that living life without that person you love and care for would be a meaningless and empty.
Putting the pieces back together and mending a broken heart.
What is your favorite song? Why?
“A Song for You” by Donny Hathaway is probably my all-time favorite song.
It speaks right to the core. It touches my heart, makes me want to cry, and gives me chills every time I listen to it. It’s a combination of the lyrics, melody arrangement and delivery of Donny.
Any tour planned soon?
I’m looking for a booking agent, but right now I have been doing spot dates.
Hopefully within the next month I could land a partnership with a CAA, ICM, UTA type of agent. Fingers crossed.
photo credit: Steven Gomillion