Smooth Artist Interviews
How would you describe what inspires you to do what you do?
I love what I do and the receiving and acceptance of my music by people always inspires me.
What elements do you look for in a song that makes it especially satisfying for you to perform?
The three elements of music: Harmony, Melody and Rhythm! Lyrical content is extremely important
Of your touring and gigs so far in your career, do any stand out as being particularly memorable or defining moments?
I was on tour with Ashford & Simpson. Don’t recall the city or the venue. However, I do recall what transpired. We were playing our set and in the middle of one of the songs, someone either by accident or deliberately, (the jury’s still out), CUT THE POWER! Everything in the arena, that’s right, everything in the arena went black. Somebody quickly restored the power, the band looked at each other, didn’t say a word and picked up right where we left off. Incredible experience!
Who are some of your current favorite artists, Smooth Jazz or otherwise?
I’m a music Lover! I Love all kinds of music!
Bruno Mars, Diane Reeves, Esperanza Spaulding, Lizz Wright
Richard Bona Alfa Anderson
Kendrick Lamar Gregory Porter
Marcus Miller Kandice Springs
Jay Rowe Steven Kroon
Doc Powell Lisa Fischer
If you were to choose to learn a new instrument that you’ve never played before, what instrument might that be?
It would be one of three, or all three. The Bag Pipes, The Sitar or The Koto.
Going back in your life as far as you can remember, what song or performance is the first you recall hearing and being affected by?
Well the actual first performance I was affected by was hearing my uncles playing the blues in my living room. That being said, I was catapulted onto the next level by Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson. I saw them on a show called, Soul. Nick had on a robe and looked like Moses. Valerie was this petite, gorgeous woman standing next to him. I was blown away! They performed a song called, Steal Away. I stood up in front of the television and was transported! I’ve never been the same.