Our US correspondent Chella Magee speaks to up and coming singer, Rhodah.
How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?
Thanks, it’s been over a decade since I’ve been writing and making my own music, I used to be that Dad’s little girl, I watched him as he played the piano during church services, then I was just 5 yrs old. If I remember correctly, I was the youngest choir member. Music was part of my upbringing, I started writing my songs at 13 years old, I recorded my first single when I was 17 years old. It was indeed a great experience since then, I knew music was my calling. I got admitted to college when I was 18 yrs old. My first year in college was remarkable with great musical events that enhanced my ability to explore, I also performed in the presence of my school Vice-Chancellor and other top academic administrators, I graduated 2010.
Who were the first influences on your music and style?
My first influence was Celine Dion, her music had a positive impact on me, back then during my high school years, I could remember my friends called me Rhodahcelindion hahaha everyone knew I love her music right from the time she released ‘If That’s What It Takes’ I learned a lot from her, she’s my role model.
My other influences include Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Evi Edna Ogholi and Brenda Fassie.
In your opinion who are the most influential and successful artists in your genre today and why?
When it comes to my genre of music, pop, the most recent influential and successful artists are Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Taylor Swift. These artists are successful and highly talented, they bring a lot of spice to pop culture.
What aspect of the music making process excites you most, and what aspect discourages you the most?
My journey so far has been incredibly beautiful and overwhelming even when things seem to be going wrong sometimes, especially in the aspect of finance which can be discouraging, I love investing in my talent. Against all odds, I have never failed to believe in myself that I deserve to be heard. I am super excited about my upcoming single ‘The Light’ that is about to be released in mid January 2019.
In your experience thus far, what is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed? And one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?
There are no rules and sometimes mystery is great, I follow my instincts and always up to do the right thing and make the right move. My advice is to believe in yourself even when no one believes in you and never allow anyone brings you down with their words.
Which ingredient do you think is most essential in making your sound and style the way it is?
We have elements of music like rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, texture etc.. The most essential ingredient in making my sound and style the way it is, I will say the key is the power of independent thought or constructive imagination in other words. Originality, the ability to create my own sounds brings the uniqueness to my music.
What single are you currently pushing and what will you be dropping next?
I’m currently getting my new song prepared for a release in January 2019 titled ‘The Light’. A song for different ages and cultures, it should stand the test of time.
What can fans expect from you in the future and where can they stay up to date on your movement?
I will never feel fulfilled as an artist if I can’t inspire the world with my music, music is a powerful medium that connects us to the universe. Many call it a universal language, so my fans all around the world should expect nothing but good quality music from me.
Follow Rhodah online on her official website.