As fresh as these light, spring evenings (in February thanks to Global Warming) we’re giving you the stats on the latest, emerging artists.
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The Q & A:
When did you decide that you wanted to pursue music as a profession?
I was four when I sang at my first recital, a cover of the classic Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and I remember thinking to myself “this is what I want to do forever.” I’m fortunate to have figured that out as young as I did, with a journey that has been full of twists and turns. At least I understand that one thing deep within myself, such a pure and untouched feeling that has stuck with me through years of performance and self-discovery. I remember being 16 when I thought, “People really do this. They make a living, tour the world, and connect people with their art.” I was convinced that I would do it from that moment.
Which three words would you use to describe your sound?
Unhinged, thoughtful, visceral.
If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life what would it be?
Something classic, I think. You can never go wrong with Songs in the Key of Life or The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. I can sing those songs front to back. If I had to listen to something more modern I’d choose To Pimp a Butterfly.
What has been your proudest achievement to date?
My proudest achievement so far has been finishing my five-song EP, Weird Awakenings, which was released in October of last year. It’s the first thing I’ve finished that felt like every detail had been carefully planned and thought over. Every lyric had been thought out and pulled from a place of honesty; every visual was provoked by a mood that I wanted to represent. To share that with people and see them at live shows singing the words back to me has been endlessly inspiring.
What do you hope to have achieved by this time next year?
I hope to have released another project with the same energy and fever that I put into making my last EP. There’s so much bottled up in L’FREAQ that I feel people are ready to hear. I want to play venues where more people will come and sing the words with me, lending their energy to a show I’ve been envisioning for years.