Published on February 16th, 2020 | by MuzikScribe0
An Exclusive Tête-à-tête w/Brave Williams
When I was younger, I was highly influenced by rap artists; Tupac, Biggie, (A) Tribe Called Quest…early Mary J. Blige, just to name a few. I always loved the feeling I got from listening to Hip Hop driven music. It influenced my style. I was (a) rapper and spoken word artist years before I began singing.
With that being said, how do you classify your overall sound and/or style?
This new album is a perfect marriage of Hip Hop and R’n’b. It’s a vibe! I’m taking you through the emotions of a relationship; the beginning, middle and end.
Your initial stint in the business came courtesy of P. Diddy’s “Making The Band” — Although short lived, it was still your first big break, correct? So talk to me about this particular time at the very beginning of your career…
I was just learning my gift of singing. I was in the early development stages, and sang the (The) Star-Spangled Banner as my audition. They thought I was good enough to become a contestant, and I proceeded. I didn’t continue the journey as I was advised by my lawyer not to. I listened. But, it was because of that environment that inspired my dream of starting a girl group. I wanted to always be surrounded around vocalists so that I could grow as a singer, and that’s how RichGirl was conceived.
You later landed another major label contract as 1/4 of RichGirl, a singing quartet that also included fellow crooners, Sevyn Streeter and Kristal from June’s Diary…Although you all scored a couple of charting singles, an album never followed and the group eventually parted ways — What exactly do you feel it was that caused the break-up? And, any chance of a future reunion; either on stage and / or wax?
It’s very expensive to keep a girl group together. Despite how much fun we had, the amazing experiences we shared on and off stage, it cost more to travel, style and book four girls as opposed to one. I believe towards the end of the relationship we needed more support than what we were receiving, and that lack of support eventually caused us to grow apart. It was an amazing experience…and who knows what the future could hold in terms of a reunion. Right now, my main focus is to create great music and complete an amazing project.
TV One’s R&B Divas: Los Angeles followed — How did this gig even come about? What was this entire experience like for you? And, what all – both the good and / or bad – did you take from your stint on reality television?
R&B Divas was an amazing experience! My focus was to simply share my music, and that was an amazing platform to do it. I learned that if you stay true to yourself, you can get through anything in life.
“Options” is a song of liberation; it’s a very real declaration of independence. It’s about remembering your power in your relationship. You always have a choice on how you want to be treated. It was inspired when I chose to love myself more thus remembering I always (have) an “option.” Myself and the super talented singer / songwriter, Brittany B., helped pen the concept, along with the brilliant singer / songwriter Tytewriter, both Grammy nominated. It was brilliantly produced by Ghost. I remember the first time I heard the track I loved the vibe it put me in. I was inspired to begin writing immediately.
“Options” come courtesy of your highly anticipated – still untitled – official debut solo LP — What all specific details; i.e. title, favorite selection(s), producer credit(s), cameo appearance(s), etcetera, can you reveal and / or divulge about upcoming premiere set at this point in time?
I’m looking to release this project top of spring / summer. I’ve been blessed to work with some amazing talented women when it came to writing out my song ideas; writers Brittany B., Kristal ‘Tytewriter,’ Candy Shields, just to name a few. Truly brought my ideas to life. The production – at this point -has come from talented producers like Ivan Barias [Dox], Ghost, produced “Options,” STLNDRMS , Critacal [Calvin Price], just to name a few…although I’m still currently recording, so the list can increase.
What exactly do you want people to get from your music?
I want them to be inspired. I want it to help remind the person who may feel stuck in an unhealthy relationship that they do have “options” – which is the latest single off my album – as well as speak to the person who wants to go out and forget about the stresses of the day. It’s something on there for everybody.
If you could collaborate with any one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Tupac! He was where it all started for me.
In terms of longevity, what do you feel it is that will continue to sustain you in this grueling industry?
Always remain a student, and never feel like you’ve learned enough, rehearsed enough, studied enough…there’s always room for growth and evolution.
Do you have any other outside / additional future aspirations, maybe even completely away from entertainment?
Writing, producing, and starring in my own romantic comedy.
As for the immediate, what’s next for you, Brave?
February 14th (my) new single “Options” (came out). It is available on all streaming platforms. I truly loved filming the video, and incorporated acting as four different characters in the video. It’s definitely one of my favorite videos I’ve ever shot.
Is there anything I left out or just plain forgot to mention?
The album will be out spring / summer 2020. Please follow on Instagram…
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