When did you start doing music?
I started doing music seriously when I quit my full-time job with benefits December of 2011 but I’ve been writing and in the studios consistently since 2009.
Tell us a little about your childhood.
I grew up as an only child with my mother and grandparents in West Oak Lane Philly. My mother had me in the church where I learned that I could actually sing around 10 years old. My cousins were my sisters and I would occasionally spend time with my father and brothers. I lost my oldest brother to suicide and it changed my outlook on life. Later on, my mother and I moved from my grandparents house and my mother married my step father. I developed my voice and stage presence spending years in the City of Philadelphia’s Young Performers Theater Camp where I studied Musical Theater. I was blessed to audition and take the lead roles of many plays.
Which artist do you share similar styles with?
I’d like to say I’m a blend of Mary J. Blige, Rihanna and Whitney.
Who’s your favorite singer of all time and why?
Whitney Houston. I grew up singing a lot of her songs in church and outside of church and I admire her strong, clear vocals. No one else has and can duplicate her, not even myself. I loved that her content of songs were R&B and she crossed over to the pop culture. She expressed her love, hurt, sexual desires, and positivity. So she was versatile and I love that.
How did you feel when you won your first HHS title?
I honestly couldn’t believe it. I was nervous that I would be over looked because i’m a female singer and I’m not spitting bars after bars and I was the only singer in there. I also felt blessed that I finally entered a competition that wasn’t rigged. I hate doing competitions because I’ve been apart of some that were not fair and didn’t make any sense. For the first time tho I did feel the top three finalist were on stage and they were picked correctly. I felt excited because I really needed that stack and it was right on time. I remember saying on my way up there that these tolls cost too much money but winning made that money spent well worth it lol.
Who was your toughest competitor at a Hip Hop SeaZon Showcase and why?
My toughest competition was Marv P! He’s dope! I immediately got his information when he got off stage. I would totally collab with him. I remember thinking to myself well if everyone up here brings that same energy and a dope song to the stage this competition could be tough.
Who’s your celebrity crush?
Michael B Jordan and his fine self in Creed! Other than that I don’t really have one. I go off of personality and I don’t know these celebrities well enough to have a crush. But MBJ was looking good in the movie tho.
What was your most memorable moment at a Hip Hop SeaZon Showcase?
I loved seeing the live cypher with the freestyle of the topic. That was dope. I wish I had that talent to come right off the dome and freestyle about anything. I’d have to sit and write it out lol.
Where do you see yourself 3 years from now?
I see myself where I want to be. Nationally and Internationally known. I’ll be traveling the world on tour and doing radio interviews on all the major stations. I will finally have the team I want behind me, backing me and supporting my movement of spreading truth, positivity, love and light. I’ll also have my afterschool program SCH Creative & Performing Arts www.schcapa.org with more support developing youth and their talents and teaching them how to network with other artist and creatives.
Any shoutouts you’d like to make?
Shout out to Hip Hop SeaZon for seeing my gift and acknowledging it by awarding me as the champ. Shout out to my loyal team of stylist Saniyyah Bilal (FASHION) and Aaron (HAIR), they were the ones who came up with me to the show. They support me through every endeavor big or small. S/O my mom and dad for creating me and having me in programs that developed my talents. S/O to Hyptno (Rasheed Ali Sanders) the producer of the “Where did the love go” song that I performed at the show. Also to Dunny over at Heavy Music studios for recording the record and giving me a performance track to sing to. S/O to PHILLY for holding me down and helping to realize that this is really what I want to do in life I rep the city well every time! WHO DAT? SuDAT!!!!