What was it like growing up in Louisiana?
Growing up in Louisiana was fun, yet challenging. My early years were shielded with motherly love and close family. I grew up in some of the toughest neighborhoods in New Orleans, and watched my parents struggle to survive day to day. Spending my summers with my father who was an active musician around town and abroad, added a level of excitement that I grew attached to and loved. It introduced me to the lifestyle of the entertainment world. As I grew older, I met friends who shared the same interest as me, which was listening to lots of music and plenty jam sessions.
Since your father has a background in music, was he delighted to see your interest at such an early age? Absolutely! My dad was a hard working musician. What I remember most about watching him practice and perform, is that he loved being a musician. He loved performing, writing, and producing. So I guess to him, it was like seeing himself reborn again.
Since you have been around music at an early age, what kind of music were you into as a teenager? I grew up listening to jazz, funk, gospel, and r&b. So in my teen years these were my favorite types of music.
Was your music taste more widespread than the typical teens?
I thought so, because I would often listen to music of other cultures.
What instruments do you play?
My primary instrument is Piano, but I dibble and dabble with a little bass guitar and drums.
Were you in any bands early on? After high school, I was a member of a band called Silhouette, where I learned a lot about the basics of being a performing artist.
What is your song creation process?
To be honest, my process of creation varies; it depends on the song. I first have to be inspired by something and then I try to recreate that emotion. Most of the time, I would start off with laying a drum foundation that I can feel deep inside, and then I seek out various melodies and synth patterns to support that emotion.
Do you do collaboration with other musicians often?
Yes, I love to collaborate with other musicians. Music is a universal language. There is no better way to learn a language than to collaborate with others who understand the language.
Do you perform live often?
I perform as often as I can.
Tell us about your latest project.
My latest project is entitled “Integrated Compositions." It is a fusion of jazz, hip-hop, funk, r&b, and soul music all wrapped up into one package. On this project, I was blessed to work with some extraordinary artists and musicians.
What can we expect from you in the future?
In the immediate future you can expect the creation of a brand new sound that will re-energize hip-hop, r&b, and contemporary jazz. You can expect unlimited soulful production with a signature sound and collaborations with some of the top entertainers in the industry.