HCM. When did you start making music and taking it serious?
Tina – I have been singing my whole life but decided to experiment in 2013. I decided to just sit there, write and try not to judge what I was coming up with. At that point I realized I was on to something. It was after that experience when I started getting better and better. I wrote songs constantly and would sing it to my sisters for approval and they loved it. I began hearing songs in my dreams and started writing to re-capture what I heard. That led me to become a recording artist today.
HCM. Who was your inspiration and why?
Tina – My sisters and friends are my inspiration. When I was in high-school, my friends would always listen to me sing after school in the staircase. As I would sing, more and more people would come by and watch me (students, security guards and after school teachers). By the end I would have a big crowd clapping for me. It used to surprise me how much it affected people. My sister Melissa was who I looked up to and I used to really want to sing like her. We used to practice singing together all the time. As far as other artist, I love the classic, old school voices and fusion styles. Patti Labelle, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Stevie wonder, Anita Baker, 702, Jennifer Hudson, SZA, Odesza, Dawn Richards and SIA.
HCM. Would you prefer to be independent or signed to a major?
Tina – I would prefer being signed to an independent label. I would take quality over quantity any day. With an indie label, I would know that the attention of higher ups would not be that hard to get and the chances of you getting drowned out by other artists is very low compared to a major label. Indie labels are just able to give more time and dedication to their artist, where as in a major label you would be fighting for that spot. When it comes to me trusting someone with my career, I would rather work with someone who is going to be dedicated and always right there. It all comes down to that security blanket.
HCM. What is your ultimate goal at the end of your career?
Tina – I want to be a huge Indie artist like “Chance the Rapper”. I just want my music to be listened to and liked all over the world. I want to be what I call a “musical leader”.
HCM. What are you currently working on and how can the people find you?
Tina – I am currently making videos for all of the songs on my EP “Mazyck”. Shortly after that, I will start working on my first full length album that will definitely be good. I am going to be experimenting a bit more with dance/ pop/ r&b fusion and really hanging myself out there.