What inspires you the most when you create?When I create I always draw on how I’m feeling and what I want to talk about. I pull on my personal experiences and put myself mentally back into that time. I remind myself of those emotions I had or the emotions of people around me whether good or bad and utilize that to write my story. A story that is relatable. From there I rely on what I like to call my “musical intelligence” or taste. I have an immense love and respect for all genres of music from jazz, hip-hop, R&B to rock. I listen to how those artist told her stories and such were always in that inspires me to do the same.
Top 5 Influences? There are so many orders that inspire me it’s hard to narrow it down to only five in no particular order I’ll start with the late great, Aaliyah. As a little girl, some of my earliest memories of music was listening to her music on the radio in the car singing along to her music and seeing her on TV. I along with many kids during that time we’re number and with how cool and talented she was she was not only talented but a genuinely sweet person. I along with many kids during that time were enamored with how cool and talented she was. Aaliyah inspired me to become an artist. There were times I would watch her or performances on YouTube and act like I was performing along with her. She push the boundaries with her music and stay true to herself. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t listen to one of her songs.
Mary J Blige is another inspiration of mine my mom introduced me to her when I was young she would play her music nonstop being from New York I naturally gravitated to marry I loved how she blended old school soul music with the new R&B sound of the time. My fondest memory of Mary is when I went to see her and Jay Z live at Madison Square Garden. My mom and I have third row seats and of course the show was incredible. She literally poured her heart out on stage there’s no denying she is the queen of hip-hop soul.
Missy Elliot is a multi-faceted artist. Not only can she sing a rap but she is a producer writer and all around business woman. I love the way she uniquely expresses her experiences through music and I’ve always admired how she’s managed to keep her music sounding timeless over the years. I’ve kept this dream of mine to one day meet her maybe even work with her. On a personal note I relate to her in a lot of ways from working through shyness and overcoming that, along with some family circumstances I truly connect with. Billie holiday is what it is that people would not expect me to be aware of. I come from a jazz background. my grandparents live through the 1930s so I was surrounded by jazz music. my grandfather was at one point a manager for the jazz legend, Billy Eckstein.
Stevie wonder. he is a treasure to music. I remember in elementary school for showing tell and learn how to play an entire song by him on the piano. I can’t remember for the life of me what the name of the song was but I can remember how happy I was to play that song. Stevie’s music is just so beautiful.
When are your new projects coming out? As for new projects I am working on new music as we speak. however I do have a debut EP titled, “Before the Music” which is currently out right now on all music platforms. It was written by me and produced by Donnie Klang former Bad Boy records recording artist. if you are familiar with MTV’s Making the Band, he was on that show. I got into music at the age of three. That was when I first began learning to play the piano. My family noticed how quickly I fell in love with music and got me into piano lessons. From that moment on, music has been a part of every aspect of my life. As I got older I discovered that I had a knack for singing and I researched vocal instructors in my area. It wasn’t until two years ago I met with Donnie Klang and began pursuing music professionally.
Anything to tell your fans? I would tell my fans thank you so much for the support they have given me so far as a new artist that can be difficult getting traction in this business and support is needed and very much appreciated I would also say to go after your dreams and never stop working towards them I reached out to someone who I knew could help me get to where I needed to be and has been the best decision of my life I did not let anyone try to tell me I was not ready when I knew I was. Always believe in yourself.
My biggest goal for 2018? My biggest goal for 2018 is to sellout a show and have more people get to know me Bria Cheri, and my music.