Tonight, I prepped for an upcoming show at Steamer 10 called For the Love. I was hanging out with my fellow features Daniel Summerhill and Amani and happened to share this story behind me singing.
I've always been insecure about singing. It's a little weird. I've been in choirs and I've directed a choir and yet singing outside of church walls by myself gives me anxiety. When I was in middle school, I was given Lauryn Hill's part from Sister Act 2. The solo part in 'Joyful Joyful' was a highly coveted part by one of my friends from class or at least at the time I thought everyone wanted her to have the part. This was around the time that I was heavily unsure about so much...my hair, my skin tone, my singing. My peers talked about how I couldn't sing and how they didn't understand how I got the part.
So why am I talking about this now? Well, because I think it's important to stretch myself as an artist. Now I'm not saying I'm Whitney Houston or Aretha Franklin but I think that the music I make with my voice is the music I make with my voice. It's interesting how a memory from my childhood can restrict how far I let myself go as an artist.
Stretching requires a few things. It entails that I care less about the haters, that I actually try and that I fear less. I can do that. It will be a process but I think that in itself, is the point. The journey is everything.