Check out the new song from Zajé – Good Time
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I am originally from Washington DC, and moved to Chester, PA when I was 13 years old. I started singing at age 6, and wrote my first song at age 8. I really started delving into a serious music career a couple years after meeting my now-husband, which was about 2008 when we first started. He produces all of my music, and I owe a lot of credit to him – he helped me develop as an artist vocally and image-wise. Also, I started studying different types of music, as I used to be strictly R&B, but I realized how versatile I really was and stayed determined and focused. I hit a total breakthrough about a year and a half ago and it’s been uphill ever since.
What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see?
Currently, I am finishing my album, traveling & doing shows, and working on a deal with a major alcoholic beverage & popular recording artist for a several month gig covering most of the east coast.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
The way the industry is today, with the bulk of artists trying to enter the industry being watered-down and lackluster, it makes it extremely difficult for serious, talented artists to showcase themselves to the right people. You really have to have a niche, something not seen thus far, something exciting and worthwhile, or you will be seen as the countless others just trying to be “famous” with no real substance to them.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
I love them to DEATH, but being unexpectedly pregnant TWICE with my two boys were MAJOR set backs for me. I was 19 with my oldest, and 21 with my youngest. I had to stop practicing, stop writing, stop recording, stop developing to raise my sons. While I would never change how my life progressed, I do recognize the impact of having that responsibility and the toll it took on me. I was fortunate to have my husband there to ease the load so we could both jump back in ASAP, but it still took some precious time out my career.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Please be aware of who manages you, who you are paying and why you are paying them, read ALL CONTRACTS – no matter the length, and recognize who is for you as a person and an artist. Also be careful of the “Yes Men” – whomever is telling you “Yes” just to be on your team. Real always recognizes real, so listen to your instincts, mull over the situations at hand, and always pay attention.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
BE YOU. You have to always feel comfortable in your skin and on stage. Your audience will see if you are trying to imitate so NEVER give them a reason to dout you.
What are the best ways to sell your products as an artist?
Online markets are a great way, and they are progressing in huge ways for the independent artist. Local events are always great whether small neighborhoods or large cities, so never lose a chance at a possible fan. And smile Smiles always work!
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Facebook, Twitter, any social network. I can’t always talk to my fans personally, so I love to be able to tell them all at once, and they can hit me individually. I always respond to emails! I now have the website, so that should be a great way as well. And like I said before – local events! I can be face-to-face with someone who likes my music, and I can show who I am as a person then – not just in black and white.
Where can people visit you?
My website is http://www.wix.com/