Who Is Shareen Amour?
I have personally known Shareen a little over 3 years now. I decided to sit down and speak with her over the beautiful artist she is becoming. It’s nothing like watching someone develop themself and grow into their full potential. Shareen believes that she is a bosslady because she empowers all. I present to you Shareen Amour!
Pulsating synths, chest pumping bass, and a chorus full of energetic, Euro-style dance
highs gives Shareen Amour’s first single, Out of Control, its addictive, bubbly character.
With the low tones of an urban track, Out of Control is a testimony to becoming engulfed
in music. It is possessed by the beat, as the need to dance and move overpowers all
thought of social conformity. Shareen Amour sells it, as she vocally leads listeners
through the building verses to a chorus that explodes with vigor.
SuchaBossLady: When would you say you developed your love for music?
Shareen: As a child my father had a very diverse catalog , music was always in my household. My mom listened to a lot of gospel but my father listened to Bobby Womack, KC and the sunshine band. But DMX and Jay Z as well, and Barry White…James Brown was heavy in my household too.
SuchaBossLady: Who are some of your musical influences?
Shareen: ”Oh man, Celine D, Mary J Bilge, Micheal Jackson , Max Martin and Diane Warren. She’s wrote for monica, she wrote I turn to you from Christina A… I listen to so many people,im like my dad. My catalog is crazy! I love classical music too, I play the violin. I started when I was in 6th grade and played in college as well”.
SuchaBossLady: How would you describe your sound?
Shareen: My sound is fun and free. I basically want the message in my music overall to be peace. I want my audience to forget about the issues they have, I want them to have a great time, so I create happy music.
As we sat down to listen to music in her home studio I asked Shareen what inspires her to create///
“My husband and I create what people need in life. Anyway I can make someone smile I will. I love that
Shareen, says artisry is her full time job and her 9-5 is part time. I personally think that’s a great way to think. Shareen’s beautiful personality will surely take her far. She shared that she loves working with her husband as one of the producers on her project…-” the chemistry between us is interesting because we are so different, but he is the inspiration for music I write. My best stuff comes from working with him!”
With that being said watch out Alica Keys…you and SB got competition lol
SuchaBossLady Interviews the Fabulous Tami Latrell!
SuchaBossLady: How long have you been in the entertainment industry?
Tami: 10+ years
Suchabosslady:When did you get your start?
Tami: I joined a girl group at 16 called BKS with Brooke Valentine and then went solo at 17. I wrote a record called ‘Whatchulookinat’ for my album, Whitney Houston heard it and the rest is history. She released it as her first single off the Just Whitney album which went platinum.
Suchabosslady:What was it like working with the Legendary Whitney Houston?
Tami:We never worked together, but I take pride in the fact that she of all people heard something in my lyrics that she could relate too. Im honored to have that special connection to her, regardless of how it happened. She was my inspiration…I was a little girl listening to ‘The Greatest Love Of All’ in awe and thinking to myself, “I wanna sing like her!” You can hear the full story on how she ended up with my song by downloading my mixtape “The Anatomy Of A Songwriter” at Tamilatrell.com!
Suchabosslady:What can you remember most about the experience?
Tami: Writing for Whitney was definitely a learning lesson for me because it made me get on my business at a young age. I learned about publishing, copyright, royalties and the business as a whole. This industry and the people and politics that come with it can screw you over, drive you crazy and have you broke as hell if you don’t take care of your business.
Suchabosslady:What is the songwriting process like for you?
Tami: I vibe to tracks alot because im always writing for other artists and co-writing with other producers and songwriters. If the track jams, its almost like it speaks to me and I respond with melodies and then lyrics. Sometimes the lyrics and melody comes instantly, sometimes i humm the melodies first, record them, then go back and let the melodies dictate the words….it’s pretty interesting on how it all comes together….creating something out of nothing is truly a gift from God.
Suchabosslady:Do you have a book full of songs or do you write as you work with artist?
Tami: These days, I type all over the place, in my phone, my email, my songwriter apps, whatever is available to use at that time. I do however have all of my old lyric tablets boxed up under lock and key…I know they will be extremely valuable one day.
Suchabosslady:Can you explain signing a publishing deal?
Tami:Whew I’m giving yall some game honey! Basically a co-publishing deal is when a major publisher like EMI, Warner Chappell, Sony ATV signs a songwriter to help pair them with other affiliated songwriters and producers and offers them an upfront amount of money in advance in exchange for a percentage of monies back on the songwriter’s royalties from placements when their songs starts selling. So basically a songwriter pulls out a loan for some major affiliation and opportunities with a big company, the company shares their relationships and help the songwriter by shopping their songs to labels (not all pub companies do this!) and the songwriter pays that loan back out of their royalties as they come in. It’s dressed up really nice like a dinner plate, sprinkled with the fixings and gravy so it doesn’t look that way, but that’s what it really is. As a songwriter, its your responsibility to nurture your relationships with the label execs, other producers and songwriters and to stay on top of who is shopping your songs to what artists. Lots of great relationships and hard work can foster some great opportunities and placements if people know they can depend on you.
Suchabosslady:Who was influential in helping you start your career?
Tami:My mother pushed and supported me to start my career, but I gotta give it to two people who I am still great friends with to this day: my God brother and rapper Endo and producer/songriter Errol McCalla, (Beyonce, Missy Elliot, Tamia). They gave me life by inspiring me through their own creativity in writing and production. They pushed me and challenged me to step outside the box and ultimately lead me to success. I’m glad to still have their friendship after all this time!
Suchabosslady:What did you study in college?
Tami:Journalism/PR with a specialty in Advertising/Minored in Business
Suchabosslady:Do you feel that college helped you with your career or how did it influence your now career?
Tami:College definitely introduced me to a whole new world of opportunities. It taught me discipline, patience and endurance. I garnered invaluable intellect, lifelong friendships and a desire to go back and speak to Journalism students almost every year. Those were the longest 5 years of my life! But I’m so glad I finished and so appreciative of the education I received at TSU! Go Tigers!
Suchabosslady: I understand you moved to Atlanta, after graduating from the Texas Southern University, where you involved in any entertainment or media mediums during college?
Tami:I worked with an internship program called HOTLINE! and they helped promote artists who came to our campuses. The goal was to share information about the music business to the students who were interested in making a career in that field. Other than that, I barely had time as I worked on school work, worked a part time gig for the hell of it and traveled out of town alot for songwriting jobs.
Suchabosslady:In your eyes what makes you a boss! We know you are a boss because you are being featured! So don’t stray aware from the question…
Tami: What makes me a boss is that I am a visionary. You have some people who are dreamers but they don’t actually make the dream come true because they are still sleep! As a visionary, you see the vision while you are wide awake, with all senses in tact and so you are able to clearly hear from God on what steps you need to take to make things come true. I move in silence and create a powerful and talented group of people around me to help me get the job done. It would be completely unrealistic to think I could do all of this by myself. Not happening. As a leader you are successful when you get the right people in the right place, so that in God’s time, we will all be ready when an even bigger door opens! Another characteristic I say about being a boss is that I will NOT compromise the vision that I have myself as a woman, my company and my brand. You have to believe in yourself even when it doesnt look like it, even when people dont see it. Use that as fuel to push even harder and keep it moving.
Suchabosslady:Who would you like to work with who is currently out?
Tami: I wanna work with Maybach Music Group. I respect Rick Ross overall with having a vision, working hard, maintaining integrity with his artistry and music and how he branded his company so effortlessly! “MmmmmmmMaybach Music” Boss!
I also want to work with Ne-Yo. He gives me life. He is a genius in his own right, maintains classic writing and is an even more outstanding performer. He also can write the hell out of some female anthems okay!!!
The last person I would love to work with is Beyonce. She has held the game down for years now from being with DC to shifting gear into a ginormous music and entertainment career. That shows her undying work ethic to stay relevant, be dominated and keep making her dreams come true. But above all that, she sings with passion and makes every song she sings her own. Alot of artists miss that part…you have to be believable. If you don’t make me believe it in my soul that you mean what you sing, then im hitting next….I’d like to tap into her intellect and make a really big record together.
Suchabosslady: What advice can you give to aspiring songwriters?
Tami: Be creative, conceptual, and write from emotion. Don’t be afraid to re-write and re-write again! Network with producers and other songwriters. Study the business of music and learn everything you can learn about this business. Get a mentor. Someone you can learn from and get advice from. Lastly understand that you have a very special gift. Your lyrics can touch people who may never meet you in this lifetime. So guard what you write, write with integrity and know that your words can convey actions so be careful what you put out there….in the universe. That’s a huge responsibility that we have, but it comes with huge rewards in the end.
Divinity Roxx is a Bad Ass Bass Player from Atlanta,GA.
I am privileged to have dined with this fabulous woman and catch up about her musical journey!
Divinity has been officially doing music for around 10-12years. She shared that she got her start in the church as most musicians and artist do. “I have always been moved by music” stated Divinity.She told me she remembered by chosen to be apart of the Atlanta Honors Chorus. Which was a very selective choir in Atlanta. Growing up she played the clarinet and rapped . It wasn’t until college she picked up the Bass Guitar.While playing the Bass she has had the chance to work with some very notable people in entertainment. In October of 2000, Divinity attended Victor Wooten’s Bass Nature Camp at Montgomery Bell State Park, and she met Wooten, from there they fostered a relationship. Wooten asked her to play with the band and she was a featured part of the show from 2000-2005. She is recorded on Wooten’s “Live in America” (2001) and “Soul Circus” (2005) albums.
I personally, became familiar with Divinity when I went to a Beyonce concert ! Divinity told me that she has played with Beyonce for 5 years and it all started by attending a 2 Day audition! ” My sister sent me an email, which I ignored, but then I began receiving calls from a lot of friends encouraging me to audition so I did”. The auditions were held in every major city and when the Atlanta audition came Divinity nailed it.She said CNN followed the audition and all! She was flown to the second audition in New York and Beyonce was there and Jay Z and it was so official.
Currently, Divinity is working on her EP and headed overseas to tour.Hitting Belgium, Amsterdam, France, Germany , and a few other places that I can’t wait to oneday visit! Her inspiration to other artist was to practice as much as you can,listen to all different types of music and don’t give up on want you want!So when I asked Divi… as close friends call why she is SuchaBossLady, this is how she responded , I just go hard! ” I know what I want, I’ve worked hard to get where I am and I am willing to work harder. I have built a level of respect and it’s simple…Ima Boss! I am suchabosslady and I work for the Ultimate BossLady!” (hints Mrs.Knowles-Carter)
For more on Divinity check out DivinityRoxx.com
As News Circulated earlier in the year that Terrence J and Rosci were leaving 106th and Park, this created a platform young host looking to build careers in entertainment. I personally wanted to host but that was not in God’s Plan. However, there was one girl in particular that caught my attention. She is country and cute! Spunky and Sweet, and her name is Alondra Hunt! Alondra is a native of Memphis, Tennessee! This 23 year old woman is on her way to making her presence known. Not only is she gorgeous but she is educated. She attended the Middle State Tennessee University , were she also become a woman of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. ( And You know Delta’s be smart… Ebonics I know) But enjoy what Miss Alondra had to tell Aris! Aris : What inspires you?Alondra: Success inspires me. I know it may sound cliché, but the power in witnessing someone achieve something they’ve worked hard for is moving. It reminds me that nothing I do is in vain. If they put a lot of hard work and dedication into their dreams and actually made it…then who’s to say I can’t do the exact same thing?Aris: Amen to That Miss Honey! So what makes you “suchabosslady” in your own right?Alondra: *Clears throat* Haha! Well, first let me say that I’m a boss lady because God says that we all are conquerors through Christ. Through Him, I am capable of all things! Secondly, I’m always thinking proactively. I’m not the type to wait on things to happen and then react to it. I make sure I capitalize on making connections and building relationships because you never know when you may need someone. Also, I truly believe in my talent and skill. Anytime you’re trying to make something of yourself, you will run into people that try to tell you why you can’t do whatever it is you want to do. They try to stop you…but an unwavering confidence in yourself can combat all of that negativity. Also, I’m always working on my craft! I will do it for little to no money. I’ve spent my own and never got a dime in return! It was all in the name of gaining experience and becoming better, which for me, is the best reward. I don’t believe in being complacent because there is always room for improvement…always! I would say I’m a boss simply because I’ve envisioned myself in that place I want to be and I have mapped out how I want to get there. I have set up a list of things I will accept and will not accept and there are people I will allow in my circle and others that I won’t. It’s not being mean; it’s just knowing your worth and never compromising. Ultimately, bosses are on their own time…and as far as my grind goes…it’s not gonna stop until I SAY it’s gonna stop.Aris: Couldn’t have said it better myself. I need to get you and official SuchaBossLady Tee! I love your vibe Alondra. So please tell me, how did you go about auditioning for 106th and park?Alondra: I actually submitted two videos to BET. The first one was for an open casting call that a friend of mine told me about. This particular one was for “on-air opportunities”; they didn’t specify 106 & Park. Anyway, the casting director at BET sent me the info for everything that had to be included in that video. It was a 3-part video and I had to tell them about myself, discuss hip hop (in-depth) and do a video toss (as if I were on 106). To make a long story very, very short…I got it done! This was about a month or so before BET announced the search was on so I had been in contact with the casting director a little before then. So…when “106 the Search” opened up, I emailed the casting director and asked her if I should submit another video since they already had one of me. She never responded. She’s a sweet lady though, so I didn’t feel any type of way about it; I just took it upon myself to have a video made. I believe that was the best decision I had made. When I posted the video on YouTube I got some amazing responses! The people loved it! You see, my other audition video was a private one, so this gave others who didn’t know me prior to the search, a chance to see what I was twerkin wit! Haha!! Seriously though, people from all over were commenting and saying some awesome things. However, that was in July and I didn’t hear anything for a whole month or so. Sometime in August, the casting director e-mailed me and had me fill out a form. It was nothing I thought was too serious, so I didn’t get excited. At this point, BET had invited a few people from The Search on the show and I had become content with feeling like I had no chance. Fast forward to September 6, 2012 (yeah I remember the date) and I received the call of a lifetime! The casting director called and was like “Alondra I have some great news…” and when I tell you my heart dropped!! Oh my goodness, it was just crazy hearing that they wanted to have me on the show. She said they all loved my video and wanted to have me on 106 & Park on Monday, September 17th. I was like no way! I shed tears and everything. It was a moment I won’t forget.
Aris: That is absolutely beautiful! I’m curious to know what are your favorite past times?
Alondra: I love YouTube. I can sit up and watch natural hair videos all night if I didn’t need sleep to function. I also love to write; it was my first love and through it I realized I had a passion for journalism. I have a natural hair blog that I update when I have the time. Since I moved back home, I don’t go out as much as I used to when I was in undergrad, but I like to kick it with my friends and have some good drinks from time to time. Sometimes you just need to turn up! Haha…but seriously, most of the time I’m chilling if I have absolutely nothing to do.
Aris: So I know you got some hidden talents, I get this vibe like you just my distant sister and you do just about anything LOL !
Alondra: Yes ma’am I do! I can sing and I can do make up pretty well! Don’t ever ask me to sing though…lol.
Aris: What did you study in college?
Alondra: I studied Electronic Media Communications with a concentration in Journalism. It’s the long name for Broadcast Journalism…but we had to be fancy!
Aris: That’s cool. Sounds like it was really fun! So tell me , if anything, what are you most afraid about being on TV?
Alondra: My only fear is not being better than I was the last time I was on camera. I always want to be as great as I know I can be. Other than that, the camera is home! There should always be a sense of comfort and serenity in the things you love and are passionate about.
Aris: You better work Alondra! LOL How did the taping process go at 106th and park? Was it unbelievable !
Alondra: It was so much fun! I had a blast! The pressure was on because it was live and there were no re-dos, but that’s where the motivation to do well came from! The energy in the studio is absolutely amazing. During commercial breaks the DJ would crank that music up and it was seriously like a party! I was off to the side hittin a mean jig the whole time, lol. The floor producers were very nice so that made everything a lot better too. As far as everything else goes, it was nothing I hadn’t seen before. I’ve spent many hours on both sides of the studio: in front and behind the camera. The only thing new and exciting to me was the fact that it was BET!!
Aris: I like the fact you said jig LOL that’s the Lingo I am familiar with LOL ayyye ayyyye . So have you ever auditioned for anything like this before?
Alondra: Never on a national level before, but I can’t count how many times I’ve auditioned for on-air opportunities. Hosting, news anchor, news reporter, weather girl…you name it, I’ve auditioned for it!
Aris: BOOM! You belong on the screen is what you are saying! I know that’s right you better work honey! Soooo… what was your feeling when you received the email about suchabosslady.com wanting to interview you?
Alondra: I was so very honored! I was completely overwhelmed because God is just so good. The fact that I caught you all’s attention was confirmation that I’m doing something right and I have no one but my Lord and savior to thank! This website is a blessing in itself and I’m glad you Aris reached out to me! You are an inspiration as well.
Aris: Thank You so much Alondra. We have to build one another up. Describe your emotions about being on 106th and park?
Alondra: I was at a loss for words. It was like watching a movie. I didn’t feel like that was my life at the moment, but more like I was watching someone else’s. I thought about the little girl who said a long time ago, that she wanted to be on TV. The girl that said she wanted to be a video journalist. I thought about the girl who argued with her mom up and down that she knew in her heart that she wanted to be in entertainment and not regular news. I was that girl. It took me a second to realize that it was MY DREAM that came true in that moment. There is an indescribable feeling you get when dreams and reality cross paths. My whole campaign for “The Search” was about getting Memphis to New York City…and just when I thought it wasn’t going to happen…it did. However, this is nowhere near a happy ending…this is a happy beginning!Aris: Thank You so Much Alondra. I wish you all the success but you already seem to know the answer to the equation! Keeping God first in all you do, anything is possible. I am so happy to have had you on SuchaBossLady.com , this is just the beginning!God fenna get busy! Yes I said Fenna! I was going through some old things and came across this video. This was a year before I started SuchaBossLady.com! I am so grateful for the amount of things I have accomplished in the last year. You determine your success,your growth and what you take from a situation. You can do anything you put your mind to. I encourage you to Speak things into existence! I never would have guessed I could run my own website. -aris a.ka SuchaBossLady b.a.k.a DJ So Sassy SUCHABOSSLADY INTERVIEWS ONE OF THE LADIES SHE LOOKS UP TO! DEVI DEV Who is Devi Dev?A smart, passionate, innovative and vivacious woman.What would you say inspires you?People going after their dreams. No matter what field their in. Just seeing and talking with people who are actively pursuing their dreams keeps me going.Can you remember a time where you didn’t succeed and how did you deal with that?Absolutely! I’ve been told “no” a lot more times then I’ve been told “yes”. And I’ve been slept on a lot more times then I’ve felt valued. It’s hard to deal with at first but I’ve always been strangley appreciative for those moments of feeling broken because I knew it would be a great testimony to my journey later. The key is to always keep going. Not every body is gonna “get you” or like you, but when you stay true to your passion the right opportunity is always around the corner.How long have you been apart of the entertainment industry?Since I was 19 when I started in radio.Who have been some of your influences in radio?Growing up my biggest inspirations in the radio field we’re Theo from the now defunked 92.3 The Beat and Big Boy from power 106. Oprah has always been a HUGE inspiration for me and I love the transitions that Ryan Seacrest has made. He has built an incredible empire.What do you remember most about your college radio show?How much fun it was! Being able to program the music you like with no interference and have local and sometimes semi unknown artists on.Who was your favorite person you interviewed while working at 93.5 K-Day!Its a tie being Kanye West and Jamie Foxx. Kanye was a very big interview for me that gave me a lot of national attention but on a more personal level, Jamie gave me some very important advice and support behind the scenes that I’ve carried with me through today.What was it like moving from California to Texas? What were similarities and differences you saw in the radio market?At first it was like walking into another world. Major culture clash. But the more I studied Houston hip hop and got acclimated to the city the more I realized how similar our music cultures really were and just how special their market was. It turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life.What is the focus of Hip Hop POV?
The Hip Hop Point of view of industry insiders
How do you balance a busy career and a great relationship as we hear you are soon to be a wife?!
It can be pretty challenging but always workable! For a while I was traveling A LOT every week for radio and then flying to Houston to be with him for a day on the weekends and then a red eye back to new york. I was catching a cold every week! But luckily we found a pretty good routine that worked for us and when we can’t be together we Skype and will even watch our favorite shows together while were on the phone.
Where do you see your self in the next 5 years as far as career wise?
Continuing my new TV path, and hopefully have branched out to my own show and creating/producing new ones. I’ve also started breaking my way into working on a couple documentaries I’m really excited about so I plan to add a few more to my resume too!
It’s a well-known fact in the industry that Neyo makes hits. So, when the superstar songwriter-singer announced the new roster on his label Compound University/Columbia Records, people were watching. One of those artists is none other than RaVaughn, the budding wonderkind who showed her range with the Youtube hit, “Same Ol’ BS.” She chooses to sing about the value that women possess, but is not always celebrated. In an exclusive interview with Suchabosslady.com, RaVaughn shares her message, meeting with Neyo, and her dream collabos.
1. Your song, “Same Ol’ BS,” is definitely one any woman can relate to. What message do you make sure is present in your music?
Right now, my message is all about “Female Empowerment”. I want women from the time they’re girls to value who they are! I want them to know that they’re strong, they’re wise, they’re beautiful and we deserve to be treated like the queens we were created to be. Some people may listen to my music and at first they might think I’m male bashing but I’m NOT!!! I’m just trying to get women to understand that it’s wonderful to be with a man as long as he understands that we can also be fine without him. It will only make us better in our relationships!
2. What is songwriting like for you? Is there any one thing or place you have to be to get the creative juices flowing?
Songwriting for me is like an outlet. It gives me an opportunity to tell about my life experiences, or the experiences I’ve watched people go through, and sometimes it’s just the opportunity to be creative! Ummm, I don’t have to be in any particular place or anything I can just be inspired by things we see in everyday life…the sunrise, a couple walking down the street, things that happen in relationships, or something I read on the internet. It really just depends on the moment.
3. Tell me a little more about your upcoming projects.
I had the opportunity to work with some AMAZING writers and producers on my project. The collaborations were great and I think that the fans are gonna love what we’ve put together.
4. How did you meet Ne-Yo?
I had just finished doing a long session for the TV show “GLEE” and I got a call from a producer that I work with and he asked me to come in and do a demo for this writer. I was totally exhausted but, I agreed to do it. And when I got to the studio it was Neyo! Now, how CRAZY is that? Just think if I had said no. We probably wouldn’t be doing this interview right now, would we? LOL
5. Tell me about the moment you got signed to Columbia/Compound U. What was going on in your head?
The evening that I met Neyo was the beginning of it all! We exchanged info that night, I did a few more demos for him and he was like…”why aren’t you signed?” I told him I had some opportunities that didn’t work out. So, I signed with Compound U and Columbia came on board and the rest is music making history! My head was spinning because it was all happening SO FAST…even though I’ve been preparing for that moment all my life! THAT moment had finally arrived! I was in LA. Neyo had just flown in from Africa and Steve Ferrera, Ashley Newton, and Steve Barnett (my new Columbia Family Execs) had flown in from NY for the taping of the final episode of The X-Factor. They set it up for me to meet them at the studio…to sign a contract that would change my life. On the outside, I was cool, calm and collected. But on the inside, I was turning flips!!!
6. Who are some of your musical influences? Are there any other influences that people may not expect from you, since you’re an R&B singer?
Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Kim Burrell, Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, Brandy, Musiq Soul Child, Dave Hollister…there are just so many! As far as influences that people might not expect me to be influenced by uhmmm Donny Hathaway, The Bee Gees, Mary Mary, I mean the list just goes on and on!
7. There are some current R&B fans who’re concerned about the state of the genre. How do you think you can revitalize R&B?
Well, I always say that I would like to take us back to a time when music touched our hearts and moved our souls! I don’t want to focus solely on being “commercial”; I want to be “REAL”. I want people to relate to what I’m saying. Hopefully, some song I sing will make them stop and re-evaluate their life and make a change for the better. NOT the better that someone else wants them to be…but better because they want it for themselves. I think that’s what some of Motown’s Greatest Hits did for us. Songs like What’s Goin’ On, Ain’t No Mountain, Stop In The Name of Love, Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone…they make you think!
8. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
That you can NEVER give up on your dream! Don’t let other people block you from being successful. What do they call it…the crab effect? When the crab at the bottom is always pulling down the crab that’s almost climbed out of the bucket? Get those people out of your life! Try to surround yourself with people that are either going to help you reach your goal or going to be your cheerleader while you do it for yourself!
9. Do you still plan on writing for or working with other artists, even as you’re working on your own prospective album?
Well, truth is…we are almost done with my project! I did do some of the writing! And I definitely plan on writing for and working with other artist! I’ve gotta keep my creative juices flowing, ya know!
10. Who’s your favorite artist you’ve worked with so far?
Wow, that’s tough! I got a call one day from Rodney Jerkins and he asked me to do a demo for Brandy. Then I got a call from Brandy’s Musical Director and he asked me to do a mini-tour with her. C’mon, I grew up listening to Brandy. Is that destiny or what? But…then there’s Keri Hilson who was absolutely GREAT to work with! The way she treats the people she works with is refreshing! And I guess it’s pretty evident that I’ve been working with Neyo (LOL). Working with him is just EASY. Our flow is just really natural…nothing forced! But, getting to work with him on MY project has been PHENOMENAL! Man, when I stop to think about it I’m really blessed to have been given the opportunity to work with so many quality artists. But, to answer the question, Neyo took me in as his “Little Sis” so I’m gonna go with him…my “Big Bro”. (LOL)
11. Who do you wish to work with?
Man… another good question. Hmmm, I want to work with a lot of people (LOL), but for the sake of not being vague, I’m going to say Beyonce. I’ve watched her transform as an artist and absolutely LOVE the way she’s done it! She’s an amazing woman and an incredible entertainer. It would be a huge honor to be able to work with her.
12. Do you and your label mates at Columbia plan on working on a project together in the future?
I sure hope so! (LOL) There are some heavy hitters at Columbia that I would love to work with! Beyonce is there! Adele is there! J. Cole is there, who by the way I met at the Compound Mid-Night brunch and HE said that he would work with me. I think he’s a man of his word so I’m waiting! I’m just saying…J. Cole where ya at!!! (LOL)
SuchaBossLady Catches Up with the well known Tia Fuller!
You may know Tia from Touring with Beyonce. But after this interview you will know way more than that!
Audio Interview Coming Soon. But in the mean while check out the live footage from when she toured with the Fabulous Beyonce!
SuchaBossLady Interviews Camille Renee!
I personally know Camille. We were trained together & I want to say that I am proud of her for following her passion to dance! Now Living in LA, I took the time to catch up with Camille on becoming a professional dancer.
SuchaBossLady Interviews Natalie Imani , Singer/Songwriter of the New York & New Jersey Area
SuchaBossLady: How would you describe your style?
Natalie Imani: SEXY R&B/SOUL
SuchaBossLady Interviews Grammy Winning Producer Rahki. From the SouthSide of Minneapolis this Producer/Drummer has made his mark Behind the Scenes in the Entertainment Industry.
BossLady: How long have you been behind the scenes in the entertainment industry?Rahki : I was signed to DJ Khalil for a couple of years from 2009-2011. He’s a good friend and a mentor of mine. A lot of people didn’t know and still don’t know I had a deal with him. I helped with certain records over there like Eminem’s “Won’t Back Down” from the Recovery album, “Echo” from Bad Meets Evil, and Redman’s 1st single “Def Jammable” off the Reggie album. Although I was a part of the Redman album, I was not credited on it. I also played live drums on Game’s song “Ricky”, which was also produced by Khalil. I feel like 2011 was the year for me to break out on my own as a producer.BossLady: When did you get started in your career?Rahki: I would say my career started in 2005 when I signed my first contract with Troy Hudson, an NBA player from the MN Timberwolves.BossLady : When did you realized this career was for you?Rahki: I always knew music was going to be a career for me, it was just a matter of how I was going to get there. Music has been present my entire life, whether it was in church or as part of the band at school. I think it becomes a career when you start seeing checks on a consistent basis.
BossLady: What inspires you?
Rahki: Cartoons & movies inspire me the most. Of course listening to other music does as well, but visuals help me make music. I’ve made a lot of great records while watching a show or movie. I’ll even mute the music from the movie and score my own music. Sometimes that helps me when I’m in a funk and can’t make beats.
BossLady: What was considered your big break?
Rahki: I don’t feel like I’ve had a break yet. People don’t know the majority of records I’ve been involved in making. Maybe I can answer this question in a year or so.BossLady:Who do you look up to in the industry?
Rahki: DJ Khalil has taught me a lot about industry do’s and don’t’s. It’s hard to find trustworthy people in the game; he’s definitely one I look up to.BossLady: What are you currently working on?
Rahki: I’m currently working on Kendrick Lamar, School Boy Q, Smoke dZa, and Talib Kweli. Those are the ones I can talk about, I’m also in the mixing process of finishing 10 musical compositions created for commercials.
BossLady: What do you say to haters?
Rahki: I say HI… In sign language.
BossLady: What do you want people to know about you?
Rahki: I want people to know how much hard work I put into my music. Making my own samples with my group “Butcher Brown” can be difficult at times because of the process that has to happen before I even start making the beat.
BossLady: What is your favorite project that you have worked on?
Rahki: I can’t really say I have a favorite yet, I learn so much from each project. Working closely with Evidence was a good project, I learned a lot working with him. Working with Kendrick Lamar has been dope because of his ear; I’ve been able to get all the way creative with that project.
MR. JERRY WONDA
SuchaBossLady interviews Grammy Producer Jerry Wonda. His first major success was as producer for The Fugees’ 1996 album The Score! ENJOY. Check it Out on Youtube !!!!!