EXCLUSIVE Interview: Co-Signed by Akon - Matisse
Your song "Better Than Her" has received international recognition pretty fast! Has the co-sign from Akon helped you promote this record? How would do you feel in the response so far?
Having Akon involved has definitely helped me cross from the dance charts to the pop charts. We haven’t gone out on the road together just yet, but I imagine that when we do the response to having him there will be great!
Take us through the process of how you were signed to Jive Records which eventually got noticed by Akon. (did it take years? was it introduction after introduction? what was your mentality/plan on how you were going to break through?)
Well, I was actually signed to Interscope first with my twin sister. After being signed there for under a year she decided that she wanted to get out of the business and go back to school. From there, my friend/producer Tricky Stewart introduced me to Larry Jackson, an A&R at Sony who he thought would be on the same page with me musically. We hit it off right away and put together about 4 songs over the next few months and then I did a showcase for the heads of Sony and got signed pretty much right after that.
You've been singing for a good set of years now. You've been in a girl group, and now you're a single artist. Not too many artists have the chance to have that double-sided life. How has this influenced you? Do you take bits and pieces from what you have learned while in a group, and use it for your single career now?
Getting into the business with my sister was definitely the best way to start. We were both young and I think it wouldn’t have been nearly as fun for me without her, It would have been lonely traveling around and finding my footing all by myself. Now, however, I am really enjoying being on my own. You know we are twins and have been literally doing the same things 24/7 with each other our whole lives and I think it was definitely time for us to come into our own separately!
Recently you have been appointed to be the new face for "myface.cosmetics". Has this marked a new chapter in your career? When can we expect to see your face on a billboard one day?
I am really excited to be the face of Myface. They have really amazing products….and I’m not just saying that. Haha. The ads are only in the UK at the moment, but I believe you can buy the product online so maybe I will be on a billboard someday soon! ;)
Your upcoming album is dropping in the first quarter of 2011. What were some of the biggest obstacles that you overcame to produce this body of work?
Well it’s always a fight for attention amongst the other great artists that are out there, I’ve definitely had to kick down some doors! Haha. But being at Jive has been a really good experience and I have been blessed to have people there that have been supportive.
What will be your next single to follow your current smash hit?
Well I am not sure yet, but I am hoping that it will be a song called “Before It Explodes” which Bruno Mars wrote for me. It’s an incredible song and I think it would be the perfect follow up to “Better Than Her”.