Interviews

Nadia Rae // Never give up hope, everyone has their struggles in life.

Q1: If you had the opportunity to get an inspiring message across to a lot of people, what would your message be? 

A1: Life can get complicated and everyone comes up against struggles at some point in their life. But we have to have faith in ourselves and believe that we have the power to push through. We all deserve to achieve our goals – never give up hope! This is exactly what my song ‘Warrior’ is about. Warrior is everything I stand for everything that makes me, me.

Q2: How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/musician what would you want to be doing?

A2: I sang in my church choir and loved being part of a community. My granddad was a musician and a great inspiration. I looked up to him and saw he had a gift that could be shared with people. I started singing and playing the piano at school where I realized I loved performing, sharing my love of music with others.

Q3: What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?

A3: My grandad will always be my biggest inspiration – his gift and passion is something I hope I continue with my music. Alicia Keys has also always been someone I’ve looked up to – she’s strong, knows who she is and what she stands for and a true musician.

Q4: What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learned from it?

A4: I think being on BBC1 the show frank Sinatra. Our Way. Was a huge experience and something I look back on with very fond memories.

Q5: Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why)

A5: I am a great believer that everything happens for a reason. All that has happened in my life goes into my songwriting and without those experiences, I would have less to write about!

Q6: In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done?

A6: I want to touch as many people with my music as possible. I would like to continue writing songs that people can relate to and that talks to them. I love the live nature of gigging, so would love to perform for larger crowds in iconic venues.

Q7: How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician?

A7: I was born in South Africa and I’m very proud of where I come from. My family, friends, and experiences totally informs who I am as an artist.

Q8: What lyrics mean the most to you and why (ones you have written and or ones you didn’t write) 

A8: My own lyrics in my song ‘Warrior’.

Q9: If you could collaborate with anyone who would to it be and why?

A9: A serious, collaboration I would love to work with Lauryn hill just her tone her genius would be amazing to encounter.

Also, Sean paul is a dream collab. I mean anything that guy touches is just fire!!!!!

 

Q10: What is currently on your playlist?

A10: I listen to lots of different things. A lot of old skill Alicia keys. Reggae is big on my playlist right now Damian Marley and protege.

Q11: If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why?

A11: Conqueror by Estelle

Q12: What are your biggest dreams? and what are your biggest fears

A12: My biggest dream is for my music to really connect with as many people as possible. I fear not being able to live up to my own expectations – but it is what you are scared of that helps you to take risks.

Q13: What is next for you/your plans for the next year?

A13: I am supporting Jocelyn Brown at the Jazz Cafe this month and have lots of upcoming gigs across London. I’m also working on my second EP.

Q14: What would your advice to be to those out there who want to live out their dreams?

A14: Dream big and have persistence. It is a long game, so takes work, but keeping a positive attitude and being grateful for everything on the way will put you in good stead.

Q15: Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career?

A15: I’m on all social platforms, Spotify and iTunes! Find me on me Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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