Listen to the new song from No Angel – Touch
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I am originally from Southern California but now based in Florida. As a young child, I have always dreamed of being in the spotlight. I used to subject my family to hours of “pretend” concerts where I would entertain them with songs of the 80′s. Throughout high school and college I was a competitive gymnast and cheerleader and never really gave my singing ability a thought until moving to Florida and hanging out with Hollywood actress/singer Kaye Stevens and Connie Francis.
Kaye Stevens took me under her wing and taught me the art of singing. She encouraged me to record a demo CD and send it to Grammy Award Winning producer Arty Shweky of Skyelab Music in New York. Within days, I was called to his recording studio in Times Square. Joining the likes of Pink, Mya, Sisters With Voices, and Madonna I have recorded three original dance tunes with Arty that continue to climb the indie dance charts on a national and global level.
What do you have coming up? What are some of the new projects we can expect to see?
I currently have two new songs that I will be recording in May. It is my goal to complete my first EP by the end of this year. I continue to perform nationally and just completed a summer promotional tour throughout the Western United States.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
I have three original songs that I am currently promoting. One in particular, Touch, was voted as the #1 song on an Atlanta based LGBT radio station sponsored by Meak Productions. This song tends to be the leading favorite among many of my fans.
How does your music separate yourself from other artists and bands out there?
Well, if you ask my mother, she will tell you that my music is “naughty” (lol). I guess you could call it that. I like to think of my music as sensual, almost climatic. I write songs about touchy subjects such as alternative lifestyles, fantasies, and erotica.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
I believe one of my hardest challenges in this industry has been getting exposure. There are millions of musicians trying anything and everything to promote themselves. It’s all about being creative, different, and separating yourself from the norm.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
A few years ago, I got out of a really abusive relationship just as my music career was beginning to excel. I dealt with a lot drama and retaliation from people who I thought were my friends. As a result, I found myself withdrawing and nearly eliminating my social circle to avoid the emotional pain.
I made a choice to turn my experience into something positive and began mentoring and teaching classes on domestic violence at local group homes and shelters. As a result, I began to heal by helping others and made a choice to stand up for myself and follow my dreams. I have now bounced back bigger than ever and I am determined to prove everyone wrong. After all, the biggest form of revenge is success!
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Money, money, money! Everybody wants your money! In this industry, it’s almost like you have to have money to make money! Artists need to be careful because suddenly the phone starts ringing and Mr. Big Wig is on the other line telling you how great you are and that he is going to make you a star for a fee.
Everything has a fee. There is a fee for promotion, a fee for radio airplay, a fee for obtaining fans, YouTube views, etc. The hardest part is trying to determine who’s pulling your leg and who isn’t. I’ve learned from experience and I guess that’s where networking comes in. We all need to blog about it and post the various scams that we come across to help each other out.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
The best advice I have ever received is to stay driven. Everyday market yourself, update your social pages, make new music, and imagine success happening right before your eyes. I was once given a book called Ask and it is given which is based on the belief that whatever you wish for, you can achieve under the law of attraction.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
I am a Facebook-aholic! I also love Reverbnation, SoundCloud, and Radio Airplay. I’m not great at tweeting, but occasionally you might get a little chirp out of me.