Describe your sound in 3 words
Eclectic, Spirit-filled and soulful
Tell us a few things about your album Loved.
The LOVED album was created during a time in my life, when I faced uncertainty, high anxiety, personal health challenges, questions about my mortality and in the face of a pandemic. I simply turned to what was comforting, re-assuring and soothing to my mind, spirit and soul. It is and has always been music. I began to listen intently and deeply and it eventually sparked the songwriter in me. I began to pen lyrics to the beautiful melodies I’d hear. I knew that I was on to something. I believed that God was giving me comforting messages for myself and for others as well. With this in mind, I started to reflect on my life as a Christian, on all of the experiences of life and the lessons learned, and most importantly on the fact that in the face of hundreds of thousands of people dying, God allowed me to still be here. So, I felt an urgency to live out what I believe to be my one true calling; to sing the Gospel, to be a beacon of light and hope, in the face of adversity. I suddenly begin to face the fact that every day is truly a precious gift. So, with gratitude, I allowed my experiences of God’s goodness to me, be the central theme and the driving force for the LOVED project. And LOVED was born. I guess you can say that being Loved by God is my testimony.
Which song of the album reflects you the most?
Every song on this album is a reflection of me in some way. The songs are a collaboration between my walk with God, my perceptions of humanity, life and how I see the world. Each song holds a belief and personal experiences that enables me to share a more insightful, wiser and a better me. But If I have to chose one song, it would be “HOLY ONE”. The message in this song is where it all started for me; the born again experience, the becoming, getting in touch with my higher self, getting to know God through transition and transformation.
What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?
I like them both a lot, but I must say that there is a deep satisfaction that I experience when I am able to create, write and formulate lyrics to pair with beautiful music, to ultimately form a song. I enjoy creating the rhythms, structure, chorus and bridge. I definitely love the creative process; and all aspects of production; recording. But I love the stage and the whole vibe from the live band and connecting with the energy from the fans as well.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?
I have been creating music for a long time; off and on. And the difficulty, for me, has been finding time for consistency and connecting with the right collaborators with like mind and vision; to be able to create the kind of music I hear. As well, it’s hard to be fully creative, when working and raising a family.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Never stop dreaming. Do what truly brings you joy and complete fulfillment inside, it’s your intrinsic essence; and it’s who you really are.
Right now, I am just really excited about the positive responses that the LOVED album is receiving, so we’ll see what happens. But I can definitely see myself getting back in the studio to make more great music.