Published on July 1st, 2015 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson0
Angie Fisher: Emotional Journey
Let’s get into your latest single, the uber powerful “I.R.S.” — What’s this song really about? And, how did it actually come to fruition?
My single “I.R.S.” pertains to the struggles of everyday life that we all go through. In particular, the song speaks to financial hardships, and the frustration that goes along with that. Although everyone may not have had to deal with the I.R.S., we’ve all had our personal “I.R.S.- like” experiences!
…I first heard “I.R.S.” while in a listening session with producer Ro (“Cat Daddy”) Holiday [Somethin’ for the People] and my manager Dorsey Fuller. Immediately upon hearing the track, I knew I had to record it! It grabbed my attention and stood out; the performance, emotion, subject matter, everything! The song was written by the super-talented writer/producer/performer B. Slade [formerly Tonéx].
For it, you connected with Steve McKeever, later inking with Hidden Beach Recordings — What particular string of events led to this musical union?
So many events occurred before meeting Steve McKeever and inking the deal with Hidden Beach; I would have to write a book! I’ll just say it took Steve to only hear one song, “I.R.S.,” and a couple of meetings later we had a deal.
Reflecting, how did you first discover your talent for song?
I first discovered my gift of singing at a very young age. Although my mother knew before I did; I remember singing to myself quietly at about 6 years old. I knew something serious was happening when my parents would have me sing an A & B selection in church…As they would say during that time.
Who have been your greatest inspirations musically and why?
My greatest musical influences are derived from the variety of artists I grew up listening to:
Daryl Coley, who, in my opinion, is the greatest male gospel vocalist. One word to describe him would be consistency.
Marvin Gaye for demonstrating and evoking emotion in his vocal delivery.
Janis Joplin for her heartfelt, gut wrenching vocal presentation.
Patti LaBelle, LaShun Pace and Kim McFarland, for their impeccable vocal range.
Ella Fitzgerald for her amazing ear, note selections, timing and placements.
Whitney Houston for range, tone and effectively and effortlessly singing with power.
Luther Vandross for his smooth like butter vocals…Just to name a few.
Describe and/or define the style of music that you create and perform?
My style of music is R&B “feel-good” music that is truly heartfelt. I like to describe it as an emotional journey.
What do you feel you offer the music industry that we don’t already have in other performers?
I feel that I offer the music industry vulnerability. Once I hit the stage, I give you all I have. You will definitely feel something that isn’t the norm. Once in a vulnerable state, anything can happen.
Have you encountered any problems in getting to this point in your career?
I’ve encountered many obstacles before this point, but I never stopped singing. So many people have asked me, “…why are we just seeing you now?” My answer has and will always be, “I’ve been here all along, I’ve just been in the background singing with some of your favorite artists…Literally!” *Laughs*
What do you want people to get from your music?
I want people to get that I’m human and that I go through challenges just like them. No one is exempt from this journey we call life. I want people to understand that what you see is what you get with me. When I sing, I’m putting my heart out there for you to experience.
When can we, the masses, expect some new music from you?
You can expect new music from me real soon. I anticipate my project to be released in 2015.
What has been your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement so far would be…NOT GIVING UP! There were times when things didn’t look promising, but I continued to walk it out.
If you could collaborate with any one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would’ve loved to collaborate with Whitney Houston. I know that we would’ve been an amazing fit because of our upbringing in the church. She sang from her soul and so do I. She was a strong singer and gave it all she had. That’s definitely my type of singing.
If you could play any venue in the world, which one would you choose and why?
Honestly, I’ve performed at many venues. This is a difficult question. Since I can only chose one, I would go with Madison Square Garden.
One track of yours that you think defines you and why?
One of my tracks that defines me the most would have to be a song called “Fallback.” I don’t want to give it all away, but this is truly an anthem song for the ladies dealing with an esoteric nuance of relationships. It’s a real life situation that happened to me. This is a relate-able song for men and women, and I wrote it along with my writing partner B. Slade, but it’s meant to be from a female’s perspective.
Is there anything I left out, or just plain forgot to mention?
My single “I.R.S.” is available on iTunes. I would love it if you gave me your feedback by leaving your comments in the comment section.
Any “parting” message(s) for our readers?
You can find me on Twitter and Instagram: @angiesingss; Facebook: @ Official Angie Fisher. Please reach out to me. I love to dialogue and engage.
By: Todd Davi