1. Talk about your journey. How did you get started in the music industry and why did you want to do it.
-I started in the Gospel Music Industry at age 14. My journey has been full of ups and downs, free rewards, and public shames. But it’s my journey and beautiful nonetheless. My pursuit was because I liked singing but, I understand the call and how God uses me, and that’s why I sing now.
I began in music singing with 2x Stellar Nominated girl group Zie’ l. Long story short, a guy heard me singing by the pool at the apartment complex my family lived in and wanted me to make music with him; he was that impressed. I told him I knew four other girls and that he’d love us all together. We never worked with him, but we continued and had some fantastic successes.
2. What was it like being a part of the music group Zie’ l? What is something that you learned about yourself while performing with the group?
-It was fun! I learned so much singing with the girls. I also learned to develop my sound and gained a following away from that of the groups. That was important for me to do. Especially being that my music is different from the group’s sound.
3. You’ve shared the stage with so many artists like The Clark Sisters and Tye Tribett. What was the experience like performing with these gospel artists, and when did you decide that you wanted to go solo?
-Omg!! Meeting them and singing on stage with them was amazing!!! They were all so dope and still dope to this day when I see them. Me going solo wasn’t my idea, but it was probably one of the best ideas I never made. Lol
Sometimes, God will have to move you cause you won’t. That was me! But the move was needed for my growth.
4. You have a deal with The Kenya Doll Brand; that’s so amazing! What made you want to design dolls, and why this brand specifically?
-Well, It’s a licensing deal. The toy company is the one who tried to use my likeness for one of their dolls’ images. I felt it was important to sign the deal simply because of representation matters. Little black girls need empowering examples of themselves everywhere, and I wanted to contribute further to that. Not to mention, I used to have a Kenya doll when I was a girl. It’s kind of like a full-circle moment.
5. You also do songwriting. Can you talk about your process and how your creative juices flow while writing music?
-I write mostly from my different life experiences. I like to vibe organically in my sessions, so, more than likely, I write and come up with full songs in the studio. I want to feel the track first; then, I come up with the topic based on how it makes me think. That’s why I feel it’s essential to pay attention to what we listen to as the music changes your mood.
6. You do work for nonprofits. What made you want to be involved, and what do you do with the organizations?
I feel it’s essential not to be a singer only. It’s our duty as Christians to tend to the widow, naked, and the sick. So, to be involved is also apart of the call. My team and I came up with a campaign and joined forces with Susan G. Komen Atlanta. I wrote a song called “Beautiful” to encourage women who had endured breast cancer’s physical and mental pains. Half of the proceeds from that song were donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation.
7. What projects are you currently working on?
-I’m working on my EP, Cornerstone. The name of the EP is probably most important to me because of its strong message. When architects begin with the building process, the foundation is what matters beyond all the other constructs of the building itself. If the foundation stone, which is the cornerstone, isn’t secure or positioned strong, the build will collapse when shaken. It’s the same for our spiritual selves. If we don’t have what the Bible calls the Chief Cornerstone (Jesus), when we’re shaken by calamity, we will collapse.
8. Where can we listen to your music?
-You can find my music where ever you purchase or stream music digitally.
9. What advice would you give someone who is trying to walk in their gift?
-Practice, understand your gift, be kind more than anything. Kindness gets you in the door better than your gift.
10. Is there anything that you would like the public to know about you?
-I feel that entrepreneurship is important. If you have any business skills, I suggest you work it, develop business, and own your stuff. No matter what people tell you, holding your stuff is a superpower! Lol! My sister and I learned that from our mom. We have been working in the business for three years. We’re developing still and growing at the same time. And the journey is rewarding.
Check us out: www.joliexnoire.com
Jolie Noire, French for Pretty Black!