Jeremy Copeland: Trina Braxton, how I have waited so long for this day to interview you, How are you?
Trina Braxton: Im a little hungry , because I am on a diet but outside of that I am doing great.
Jeremy Copeland: Before we jump right into your music endeavors, lets talk about your background and family for a second. We all became familiar with you on a mainstream level as being apart of the Hit show ” Braxton Family Values “. What was it like opening your life and issues for the cameras and the world to see and judge?
Trina Braxton: It was very interesting, it is not as easy as it looks, allowing your life to become an open book for the world to see, not just because it is hard to watch yourself and re-live a moment but also because you open yourself up too so many other opinions. People are only getting a one hour glimpse into your life every week but yet they act like they know everything about your life and while we do invite them for that moment in time it can be difficult.
Jeremy Copeland: It is no secret that the break out star of the Braxton family is your sister Toni who has broken records and has sold millions upon millions, being that you are now breaking into this field do you feel like you have the obligation to live up to that?
Trina Braxton: Toni is a veteran, she has been in the recording industry for over 20 years now. But we also cannot say that I am just now breaking into this field because we were the Braxton’s as a complete group with all 5 sisters and then we were the Braxton’s with just myself, Towanda and Tamar, this is just my first time recording by myself. But to answer your question it is very nerve wrecking to be solo and try to have to live up to the status of a sibling. I believe had we not been sisters it would be a horse with different colors because people will always do the comparison thing and especially since we are cut from the same clothe people will be quick to say ” You Do not Look Like Your Sister ” or ” You Do Not Sound Like Your Sister ” and that is fine with me because we are two separate artists.
Jeremy Copeland: Describe all of your sisters in one word.
Trina Braxton: Tamar = Busy body . Towanda = Loyal . Tracy = Funny . Toni = Maternal
Jeremy Copeland: Growing up, who did you look up too the most and viewed as a role model?
Trina Braxton: My mother, she is the most virtuous woman that I know. I hope that does not sound cliche but it is true. I am not saying that she is without mistake but she has always done the best she could. She does not allow anyone to speak to her any kind of way and even though she respects us as grown woman she is still not going to allow us to disrespect her just because we feel like we are grown.
Jeremy Copeland: Was music always your passion and goal as a child or is this something that you did because it was in the family?
Trina Braxton: We were born to sing so I believe it was already in our nature as a whole. However, there were always many other things that I wanted to do. I always wanted to be an actress, which I am doing now, I used to want to be a model when I was tall and thin back in the day but I am not as thin anymore ( Laughs ), But acting and music has always been my passion.
Jeremy Copeland: What makes Trina smile?
Trina Braxton: OH Jeremy! A really great book and my children
Jeremy Copeland: Lets talk about this latest project, your recording, performing ETC. What is the sound and vision for this project that you have coming out?
Trina Braxton: My sound is very different from the rest of my sisters, I am very ” RETRO POP “. I wanted to do something that reflected myself and my personality so I decided to think outside of the box. When you think about the Braxton sisters you always thing about Rnb Soul music and while I love RNB music that is not who I am as a person and artist individually. I am a real jeans and t shirt Def Leppard kind of chick. So I wanted to do an EP that reflected that and who I am as a person.
Jeremy Copeland: What is the name of your E.P
Trina Braxton: Time of my life, it is about my life my struggle and very retro pop!
Jeremy Copeland: Why do music now?
Trina Braxton: There was always music, however, I would have love to have done a project with my sisters but we had creative differences. I told myself If I am every going to do music again now is the perfect time especially with the platform of the show, and not just that but I am getting older and music is turning to the younger generation but just because it is it does not mean that I am out for the count. So that is why I decided to do it now.
Jeremy Copeland: Will there be dancers on this project and if so what do you look for in dancers when choosing them to perform with you?
Trina Braxton: I can be very Choreographically challenged (Laughs) so I need dancers who will compliment me.
Jeremy Copeland: As far as image and your over-all look? What is that Trina Braxton Image going to be?
Trina Braxton: Comfort, relaxed, I would love to go out with a tank top and jeans, thats not what people what to see, but I do not plan on being the major glamour girl. My hair and nails will be done of course, but I will be comfortable.
Jeremy Copeland: Do you plan on having any major features on your new music projects and if so who can you exclusively tell for this interview?
Trina Braxton: Cannot say just yet but you will hear some amazing cameos.
Jeremy Copeland: Would you consider doing features with Tamar or Toni?
Trina Braxton: I would love to do a feature will all my sisters! At least one song on the EP.
Jeremy Copeland: If you could compare your sound to anyone who could you close match it too?
Trina Braxton: Neon Hitch
Jeremy Copeland: What is Trina’s biggest fear?
Trina Braxton: Failure, It is not an option. I refuse to take failure lying down, if it does not work I will go to the drawing board and figure it out.
Jeremy Copeland: Biggest let down?
Trina Braxton: Myself, getting a DUI, because I am better and knew better. I overcame it by not letting it to consume me and letting friends and family help.
Jeremy Copeland: Advice with Alcohol addiction?
Trina Braxton: ASK FOR HELP and do not be afraid to talk about it. When we keep it inside we turn to other things, so you must talk to someone.
Jeremy Copeland: Would you consider doing a reality tv show following your journey through music?
Trina Braxton: Yes, I would consider, I think people need to see the good, bad and the ugly. Growing up I always had the security of having the record company take care of everything for me but now that I am independent It EXPENSIVE (Laughs). I have to pay for the videos and shows, tours, re-establish relationships with promoters and radio stations and make sure I get single play, hiring and firing, everything falls on my lap. My heart goes out to every artist doing it independent because It is not easy at all.
Jeremy Copeland: Favorite Designers!
Trina Braxton: One of my favorite designers for jeans has to be Chip & Pepper. I also love Reco Chapple, I Love him
Jeremy Copeland: Favorite Artists!
Trina Braxton: Def Leppard, Dave Matthews, Toni Braxton, Kelly Rowland and of course myself.
Jeremy Copeland: Favorite Magazines!
Trina Braxton: IN-Touch, Us Weekly, Upscale, and Sister 2 Sister
Jeremy Copeland: Favorite book
Trina Braxton: Pride and Prejudice I read it every year
Jeremy Copeland: Favorite Beauty Products?
Trina Braxton: Carols Daughter, Light curl booster because my hair is natural underneath the extensions of course (Laughs), so whenever I take a break from my extensions and hair is natural I use the light curl booster because other wise I have a high shrinkage rate and I end up looking like Ester Rolle (Laughs)
Jeremy Copeland: What are your views on Beyonce?
Trina Braxton: Beyonce is a PHENOMENAL ENTERTAINER and anyone who says she is not is a hater. I believe there are also amazing entertainers as well but I respect her craft as a whole, she is amazing.
Jeremy Copeland: What is one thing people mis-understand about Trina that you want to clear the air about?
Trina Braxton: People seem to think that I just sit around and drink all day and that is not the case. I have been working on scholarship programs and working on the importance of education! College/Education is very important to me and I cannot stress that I will never take lightly.
Jeremy Copeland: Would you ever do Dancing with The Stars?
Trina Braxton: Absolutely, I think I might need too, to help me on my 2 and 4’s because sometimes I be on my 1 and 3’s
Jeremy Copeland: Goals for the rest of the year
Trina Braxton: Finish E.P, Thats high on my priority list, go back to school and finish my Masters and get my Music Video out there! OH, also something that I can’t either confirm or deny, Season 3 of “Braxton Family Values”! And when the video comes out lets do another interview again I would love to work with you again. This was fun!
Jeremy Copeland: The infamous Tami Roman, Thank you so much for sitting down with me for this interview. I have been trying to book you for JeremiahCopeland.Com since the last season of Basketball Wives Miami so it means a lot. How are you and how is life?
Tami Roman: Things have been going really well. The new season of Basketball Wives is in rotation right now and doing really well, I have my T-Shirt line out right now that I am promoting, I just signed on to be the face of the new Bronner Bros product called 4Natural, I am producing movies now, I just did this short film called “ The Tomb “ which will be screening in Atlanta on March 31st, So I really just have my hands in a lot of places right now.
Jeremy Copeland: Why did you decide to sign on for another season of Basketball Wives Miami?
Tami Roman: Originally I was not going to come back to the show. But when I did decided to do so, I tried to figure out ways I could add substance and value to this particular season. It is reality television, people are going to get the drama, the bullshit, watch us drink a million drinks and eat a million dinners but I actually wanted to figure out what I could talk about that actually had some value.
Jeremy Copeland: Last season the editing of the show painted a picture of you being somewhat of a loose cannon and/or bully to the other girls, being loud and quick to snap and fight and also being label un-classy. Are you happy with this new season and the way that Tami is being portrayed?
Tami Roman: I try not to put or blame anything off onto the editing/editors. My reactions are my reactions and up until this particular season I felt that they did a very decent job trying to show people the real story and what actually happens when I react. I have to say with this season I have very discontent because its like, people are seeing my react but they are not seeing the moment that lead up to that initial reaction, they are not seeing the full story of what actually happened, so this would be the first time where I will say that I do not think the editing is providing the full truth.
Jeremy Copeland: What was it like filming this new season starting off in New York City?
Tami Roman: I loved being in New York, I am from NY and I still have a residence in New Jersey, so it was like being home for me. I feel like we beat the Miami course (laughs), all of the girls are kind of tired of Miami and we are hoping that if there were a season five that we could start fresh with a new location and take on new ventures, new atmosphere and new people in a new place. But for me New York was great.
Jeremy Copeland: What is it like opening up your life for reality television cameras and for the world to see and judge?
Tami Roman: (Sigh) well, for me, I just try to use my life as an example is some way form or fashion. I am not saying that I am perfect; I am not saying that I am a role model, what I am saying is, this is my journey, I am allowing you to watch as I take it, I am not always going to make the proper decisions or hand things the way the viewers or anyone else may handle it but I am allowing people to see that I am as transparent as I can be and I just try to always be myself in those moments.
Jeremy Copeland: What is the hardest thing you had to adjust to being on reality television?
Tami Roman: Well most people know by now that I came off of MTV’s Real World and I have to say the biggest difference that and the 14 years of time of me getting back onto reality television is the social media aspect of things, that is taking a lot for me to adjust too. Because when I did the real world, if someone had something to say that had to sit down and actually write and letter and mail it in, But now its like when people are watching the show in real time they can tweet and facebook or whatever and voice their opinions right then and there, So you kind of hear what people have to say right at that moment. Its like, if I am watching the show and I Know where I am coming from during a confrontation and then a viewer is watching and they want to tweet me and call me a Bitch without knowing what is going on it can bother you but like I said I am adjusting.
Jeremy Copeland: Talk to me about your opinions of the new two additions to the Basketball Wives Miami Cast and your views of them.
Tami Roman: I’ll start with Kenya first, you know a lot of people think that Kenya is crazy and trust me I do too but I think it is a good kind of crazy. She has that aspect in her personality that if you push her far enough she is going to go off. At the same time she is kind hearted and I am not saying that I am #TEAMKENYA But out of the two!!!!! (LAUGHS), I definitely prefer her. Then with Keisha I just DON’T LIKE HER! Again I do not like her, I think she is manipulative, She came on the she by way of one of the highest executive producers over our show and I think at this particular moment they are doing a lot to make her look like a victim and make me seem like the angry black woman and I just do not think that is fair to the viewers because they are not getting the full story and this (Young Lady), because I do not want to call her anything else at the moment, is really not being truthful and not being herself, there are a lot of secrets, behind the scenes lip boxing, that she does that usually causes my reaction to get crazy with her.
Jeremy Copeland: What has made Tami that blunt, say it how you feel, I am going to speak my mind whether you like it or not woman?
Tami Roman: Just basically the things I have gone through in my life. There have been situations where I could not speak up for myself and/or didn’t speak up for myself because I did not know how people would receive the information, and with doing that I was violated a lot of times, in different situations throughout my life and I just got to the point where I had enough and decided not to be that person anymore. I am going to say what is on my mind, you either accept it or you don’t and that is that but you will always know you are getting the truth from me.
Jeremy Copeland: What was it about the movie industry and acting that gravitated you towards it and made you take it serious?
Tami Roman: Well for me when I came off of the real word reality tv was so new that people did not realize that we were just being ourselves and they thought we were actors. So after the show I started getting a lot of auditions and gigs for acting, got myself an agent and kind of fell into acting and I have been consistently doing it for about 13 years before returning back to reality television on Vh1 Basketball Wives.
Jeremy Copeland: What is your favorite monologue to do at auditions:
Tami Roman: I like to do a monologue from a play that focuses on a lady who is an alcoholic and ends up accidently killing her husband in the bathtub and while she is dealing with that she is having this conversation with God asking him why he made her that way and why she had to be an alcoholic out of all things and I think it is a very powerful monologue because a lot of people think that God is responsible for where they are in their lives without taking responsibility and realizing that it is our choice and decisions that put us where we are.
Jeremy Copeland: What made you decided to open up and speak on the abuse and rape in your life on this season of basketball wives?
Tami Roman: I felt like I was known for being very open and transparent about things in my life, I do not try to hide anything or put on a front. I wanted to use this platform and moment I had with basketball wives to speak on this and really make a difference and share that it can happen to anyone. The responses were phenomenal, a lot of woman hit me on twitter, hit me on facebook, email and let me know that I was not alone and that they either went through that or knew someone that did and I am happy I was able to take the focus just off drama and onto something serious.
Jeremy Copeland: With the situation regarding the Abuse, what was the final straw that made you decided to be strong and get out of that relationship and situation?
Tami Roman: I am raising two daughters and for me it was important that I showed them that you must be strong in any relationship and if I stayed in that abusive situation with my ex husband where then seen someone demine me and disrespect me as a person on a daily basis, be-little my character, physically abuse me then what am I teaching them? That is the reason why I chose to step outside of my marriage, for the sake of my daughters and the futures that I want them to have. People say “ You left that money and cars and etc “ and for me, all of that is materialistic and can be replaced but you can never replace your sanity, dignity and integrity. That is why I got of that situation of abuse.
Jeremy Copeland: Who would you say has changed the most from last season to now on Basketball Wives?
Tami Roman: I don’t know if I can say if they have changed the most, but I can see different elements of each person’s personality that I might not have seen from the beginning. I think as the season goes on people are going to see a very different Jennifer and even myself, when I met Jennifer I thought that she was boujie and I still say/think that too this day, but there has been some other epiphanies (laughs) over the course of the season that has not played out yet and so I cannot wait for people to see that. People will see a different semi relationship with Royce, Royce and I have always been very cool with each other but I think with the addition of the new chicks and her friendship with Keisha, it has put a thorn in our friendship and how she is handling it.
Jeremy Copeland: What have your daughters been up too since last season?
Tami Roman: They will be on the show later on in the season. One of my girls is an actress and the other is a rapper and Jazz has just been offered the opportunity to go on tour with Diggy Simmons and the OMG Gurlz as the opening act for their school tour and my other daughter is college bound in her acting classes. They both are working and following their own path.
Jeremy Copeland: What keeps a smile on your face?
Tami Roman: My Daughters, Waking up every morning, Doing what I love to do on a daily basis in this industry and my happy relationship with my significant other.
Jeremy Copeland: Do you see yourself signing up for a new season of Basketball Wives?
Tami Roman: I am not opposed to it.
Jeremy Copeland: How do you feel about the articles that are written about VH1 Basketball Wives being a mis-representation of a TRUE Basketball Wife?
Tami Roman: To a point they are right, it is actually one sided, all they choose to show is drama of certain moments, those moments happen once and they draw it our for 3-4 episodes and its like they refuse to show us doing our business ventures, they refuse footage of me with my family, the refuse to me with my charity “ Project Girls “ all of that stuff may end up online or on the cutting room floor because the drama is going to out weigh that, so it is actually a misrepresentation because we are all far more than what they choose to show.
Jeremy Copeland: What is one thing that you want your fans to really grasp about Tami Roman?
Tami Roman: The most important thing is that they cannot look at several hours of footage over the course of the season and think they know all about our personality, our character and who we are. They have to really understand that this is a T.V Show, so within that concept, they have to make it entertaining, they have to make it dramatic so that people will continue to watch, but that is not all I am. I am not going to say that what is being showed is not apart of my personality because YES, I will go off on you, you come at my improperly it is going to go down indeed, so yes that’s true but that is not all I am about I do not walk around with boxing gloves and hate everyone that I meet, I am a very nice and caring person, If I call you a friend then I will give you the shirt off my back, but those are elements of my personality that does not work for this show. People edit us to be a certain character on the show. Basketball Wives is for entertainment purposes only. It is not a show full of role models and examples for children because we are human and things are going to be said and happen.
Jeremy Copeland: How do you feel about the article written by Tionna Smalls when she called you and the other Basketball Wives “ BITCHES WHO HAVE NOTHING TO SAY “?
Tami Roman: Well for those who do not know, Miss Tionna Smalls wrote an article stating that Basketball Wives in particular dumbs down a person and lowers your I.Q. Well, I don’t know how you could make that specific to basketball wives when there is MOB Wives, Real Housewives, Jersey Shore, like there is so many shows out just like basketball wives that I think her statement was stupid and had no substance. Like lets be real we are on VH1, Not T.L.C, Discovery, CNN, History Channel like let’s be real. Then on top of that she wanted to chastise us about using the word “ Bitch “ when in the same article she called us “ Dumb Bitches who have nothing to say “ So its even a word you use, your throwing a stone when you live in a glass how. If you are allowing T.V to be the teacher in your house then you need to take a good look at yourself because all these shows are for entertainment purposes only unless you are watching educational programming. So did I give you everything you needed??? (LAUGHS).
JEREMY COPELAND: BRIAN YOU WHERE JUST FEATURED IN THE NEW TYLER PERRY FILM “ GOOD DEEDS “, WHICH DID AMAZING IN THE BOX OFFICE, HOW DID YOU GET THAT ROLE IN THE FILM?
BW: Tyler is a good friend and called me at home to discuss the project. Before we even hung up, I was onboard and excited to support his vision – especially because his message with this film is so relevant, positive & inspiring.
JEREMY COPELAND: YOUR CHARACTER WAS A VERY EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE MAN WITH A LOT OF ANGER, JEALOUSY AND BITTERNESS, HOW DID YOU TAP INTO THAT MINDSET TO PULL OFF SUCH AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE?
BW: It all starts with Tyler Perry. He provided a great script; and as a Director he is very clear about what he wants. Also, as the writer, he is readily able to answer any/all questions about the character(s) and their motivations. I just placed myself in his hands, trusted him and allowed him to direct me.
JEREMY COPELAND: WHAT IS IT LIKE WORKING WITH A PERFECTIONIST LIKE TYLER PERRY?
BW: It’s always an inspiring experience. I don’t know anybody in the industry who cares more, works harder or gives more of themselves to their work than he does – while still remaining humble and hungry to improve with each step forward. It’s always a joy to work with him.
JEREMY COPELAND: WHEN YOU READ THIS ROLE DID YOU IMMEDIATELY JUMP ON IT OR DID YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT TO CONSIDER?
BW: I told him from the 1st phone call that it would be a honor to play his brother; and that as long as he keeps putting out the positive messages to our community & world he can always and forever count on me in whatever capacity he needs.
JEREMY COPELAND: ARE YOU PLEASED WITH THE OUTCOME OF THE FILM?
BW: I actually haven’t watched the movie fully yet. I don’t like to watch myself onscreen. But I am pleased and proud that people seem to ‘get’ his intended message and that the film spoke to people so powerfully. Also, my wife & mother attended the premiere with me and both shed a few tears… so that made me feel proud.
JEREMY COPELAND: WHAT ARE YOUR METHODS TO GETTING READY FOR FILMS AND ROLES?
BW: I’m a Mesiner trained actor. But, each role is different. Some require physical transformations. Some require in depth research. Some require developing or honing special skills. So it varies project to project.
JEREMY COPELAND: YOU HAVE BEEN IN THIS INDUSTRY FOR SO LONE WHAT IS YOUR FORMULA FOR LONGEVITY?
BW: Humility; a blue-collar work ethic; remaining a perpetual student of the craft and maintaining my passion and joy for the art-form.
JEREMY COPELAND: WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU AND YOUR CAREER?
BW: ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ opens in theaters worldwide on 4/13! Details: http://discoverthecabininthewoods.com/
Jeremy Copeland: Stacy, First would like to say thank you so much for taking time out of your busy tour schedule to meet with me today on such a short notice it really means a lot to me that you did that, so thank you. I hear you are in Atlanta, why don’t you tell the readers and I what you are working on?
Stacy Barthe: Well I am on the BET Music Matters Estelle “ All Of Me” Tour. I am one of the artists on the bill opening for Estelle, so we really have just been traveling and promoting and putting on some great shows.
Jeremy Copeland: You are no rookie to the music industry, but there are a lot of people who are still not familiar with the name “ Stacy Barthe “ give our readers a little bit of your background and how you found your way into the music industry?
Stacy Barthe: I got my start in music in Atlanta through Hit Boy. Hit Boy had just linked up with Polo and he invited me to come down and work with him, I accepted and we got to business. Hit Boy and I had built a business relationship because we initially met on Myspace.com when I was interning for Jive Records. He had posted something online looking for someone to write to a beat he had created so I hit him up and told him to send it to my email and off the back he was confused because he thought I was an A&R because on my page profile under occupation I put working at Jive Records. So for like a year and a half he would send me beats and I would write to them and send them back and so once we got in the studio initially it was weird because we had only dealt with each other via phone but it was a great working partnership. Working with him is how I was introduced to the amazing Ethiopia Habtemariam Vice President of Urban Music, Universal Music Publishing Group and she ended up signing me to my first publishing deal and now I am about to do my recording situation with Motown where she is an executive there through John Legend’s label. As a songwriter I have been signed since 2007 and I have written for artists such as Britney Spears on a song called “Blur,” written a track for Katy Perry called “ Hummingbird Heart Beat ”, Kelly Rowland, Brandy and I wrote “ Cheers “ for Rihanna on the “Loud” Album with my guy LP produced by “ The Runners”. So, about august last year I decided that I wanted to become the artist in front of the scenes because I was struggling with the songwriting side with situations like not being paid, waiting on if the album was even going to come out and it really just became like “ What’s The Point” to me. So that’s when I decided that I was going to be the artist and that’s how we came up with “ Sincerely Yours “.
Jeremy Copeland: Looking back as a child was music something that you always wanted to do or was it something that you stumbled over and found you had a talent in?
Stacy Barthe: Well I have always loved music, I cannot remember now wanting to do music. I have always had a gift to write, English was my favorite subject in school and I realized I wanted to be an artist at the age of six years old when we first got cable and the first music video I seen was Whitney Houston “I’m Every Woman “ and I cannot remember thinking about anything else. I am 26 now, so it has been a long time coming.
Jeremy Copeland: When did you find out that there was an actual career in songwriting?
Stacy Barthe: Well that was the “Stumbled” part in my career. I stumbled upon songwriting because I realized I had the ability to relay a deep message through song, so that is how that came about. It was kind of like my way in, I knew nothing about all of this and all Stacy knew is that she had a love for music.
Jeremy Copeland: Who do you look up too as far as vocalists?
Stacy Barthe: Sade’, Lauren Hill, Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mariah Carey and Bob Marley. I am a fan of everything that happened in the 90’s era.
Jeremy Copeland: Knowing how un-stable the music industry is, what keeps you focused and what motivates you to be an artist.
Stacy Barthe: I tell everybody that I would rather do it for me if I were going to do it for free. This is a grind, some days I feel like giving up and some days I feel so close but I feel so far. It is very discouraging when you see the bigger picture but other people do not and then people like to keep you in this little box, or when someone tells you that you will never have a number one until you put a number one on another artist and that right there pushed the button in me to feel like I am going to do what I feel like doing. I know as an artist I can relate a bigger message because as an artist I can sing the songs that I think need to be out there rather than trying to fit into this mold of someone else’s album.
Jeremy Copeland: When you get tracks to write for different artist, how do you know what will fit that artist for that record?
Stacy Barthe: Usually I do not have a method. If an artist is in the room or if I have a pretty good idea on who the artist is, especially if I am a fan, like I recently just worked with Alicia keys in Jamaica and I am a fan and have been for a long time since I was in the 11th grade, I felt her and I knew what the vibe was going to be. I am vibe reader and I am able to feel people out easy and dictate if they are good people or not and their motives in the studio.
Jeremy Copeland: What other songwriters do you work really well with in the studio?
Stacy Barthe: I work well with Frank Ocean, John Legend, love writing with Brandy as well and what people do not know is that Brandy is starting to write now too. She is so eloquent with her speaking and so fresh lyrically.
Jeremy Copeland: What was your first placement, and largest placement as a songwriter:
Stacy Barthe: First placement was Britney Spears – Blur and my largest to date was co-writing “ Cheers” for Rihanna which peaked at #7 on the charts and everyone knows the song so that was a great accomplishment for me.
Jeremy Copeland: Stepping into Stacy the Artist, what was the method that you wanted to get across with you released the E.P “ Sincerely Yours “?
Stacy Barthe: Well I released Sincerely Yours in August and those songs where recorded when I was going through a hard time in my life, things were not going right, I had kind of given up on music and it seemed like a dead end road. For some reason I was picking the same kind of vibe music and shopping them different artist and A&R’s and I could not figure out why nobody was picking up my music and I was getting tired of it. I realized that after a while the reason why this music was not getting any placements was because it was “MY MUSIC”. Realizing that, me and Hit Boy got in the studio, recorded more and he released them on a website and it had spread like wild fire, plus I had sent pre-copies to friends of mines in the industry and it was all positive feedback, I did not expect all that, so it was a major blessing.
Jeremy Copeland: How do you separate staying true to yourself and forming to what the industry wants to be able to sell records?
Stacy Barthe: I don’t care about what the media wants. When the music is honest and true to you it proves itself every-time. The Bruno Mars, Frank Oceans and Adele’s are artists who are doing that now. I do not concern myself with what people will think, I am just being honest and telling my story.
Jeremy Copeland: Coming into the new year what were goals you wanted to accomplish?
Stacy Barthe: Signing to a label, Weight loss goals, and working on “ P.S I love you “. I have a project before “ P.S I love you” , which will be my commercially released album, coming out in June that will be the introduction if the commercial album.
Jeremy Copeland: Is it hard transitioning into a recording artist when you are already respected and known as a songwriter?
Stacy Barthe: For me it has not been a difficult transition, It really has been a natural one. Everyone that I know and everyone that I have encountered have been really receptive towards my music.
Jeremy Copeland: Do you see yourself having a lot of features on the album?
Stacy Barthe: It is going to me mostly just me, but I really would love to get Miguel on a track, of course me and frank ocean will collaborate and John Legend.
Jeremy Copeland: Are you still going to be writing songs for other artists in this transition of you becoming one?
Stacy Barthe: Of course I am, but this time I am only going to be writing for the people I believe in and not just a check. If I do anything outside if myself, I only want to do what my heart believes in.
Jeremy Copeland: Whom do you find is very under-rated in the music industry?
Stacy Barthe: I think everyone that was under-rated is getting his or her shine right now. The people that were under-rated were the people that were making their own kind of music and the industry has become more receptive to change and originality.
Jeremy Copeland: Being a vocalist and mentioning that your first music video was in fact Whitney Houston “ I’m Every Woman “ how did you take her passing away recently?
Stacy Barthe: When Whitney passed I was shocked. From a fan aspect we put these artists on pedestals and we think that they are immortal and we don’t ever think that they could pass away and leave us. They will be around forever musically but people pass everyday. In the moment that I found out she died I cried because she was one of the bricks of my foundation, and one of the voices that helped me become who I was an artist, I was shocked and heartbroken over it.
Jeremy Copeland: What advice can you give to other artist coming up in the industry about longevity?
Stacy Barthe: My advice to anyone is to do music that is true to you. What are you trying to sell and who are you trying to sell it too? I believe in accountability and I believe an artist is accountable for what they are putting out there in the industry. I am Stacy Bathe the artist today but tomorrow I could be Stacy Barthe the philanthropist and whatever tomorrow and anybody that listens to my music I want them to have a sense of security that I am truthful in who I am and not all over the place. I am never going to feed anybody the wrong thing. I am not perfect but it is all my truth. Be honest and truthful with yourself. Don’t be a song be an artist.
JCFeature: MEGA EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW ” THE KING OF NEW JACK SWING ICON-LEGEND TEDDY RILEY ” THE FIRST PRODUCER TO BRING K-POP TO THE USA”
Jeremy Copeland: Words cannot explain the excitement I have right now to be introducing the next celebrity interview with musical legend Teddy Riley. The musical composer behind Michael Jackson’s “ Dangerous “ has agreed to sit with me today and talk about his current projects and the booming topic behind the name “K-POP”. Teddy, how are you? What are you currently working on?
Teddy Riley: Man Life is great; I am now working on a BlackStreet record and moved down here to Atlanta to be close to my kids. I love being with my all my kids, they just give me a whole new light on how to be creative. I am also building a studio right now so I can focus and vibe out right. I did not like Atlanta because I feel like ATL had too much going on but I had to realize that where you live is what you make it so I was able to adjust. With all our celebrities passing and people dying in general, the people we keep in our surroundings make a huge difference and that’s why I try to keep just my family and positive individuals in my company. I just want to make sure that what ever I do, it is that right thing and pleasing unto God.
Jeremy Copeland: There has been this amazing buzz of this new sound of music coming from over seas that a lot of producers are trying to jump on. Please explain to my readers what “K-POP” Is.
Teddy Riley: K-POP is a new sound and movement that, just like New Jack Swing, came out and has people receiving it and wanting to jump on it. K-Pop is about a whole different sound to music and you really have to be a real musician to venture off into this because the Asian culture loves real music, you cannot just be a beat master and think you can just join right it, you have to come hard and really grasp and under stand the culture of K-Pop to create K-Pop music. In that culture they do not call a producer a producer, they call him the “Composer” because to them we are the composers of music. They call the Choreographers the “ Professor “, Dance to them has a whole new meaning then us in America, it means so much more to them then steps and movement. They want what we have but they want it bigger than we have musically. A lot of producers come down there to get a piece of that sound but you cannot jump in somebody else’s arena and say your going to take over. You have to come in and fit in where you fit in. That’s where I came in, I fit in where I could and also I did not try to over charge and drain the record companies as well for my music. I have recorded about 25-26 songs down there so we are working hard. It is a movement that is taking over by storm. You are talking about a sound that is packing out arenas like Madison Square Garden twice and packing out the Tokyo Bowl. This is not a game.
Jeremy Copeland: There has been speculation with who was the FIRST to introduce K-POP To the USA, Would you like to clear that up for everyone?
Teddy Riley: That credit is given to J.Y Parker; He is the guy that introduced K-POP to America. I am the first Black producer to introduce K-POP to America though, just to clear that up but as far as introduction, the credit goes to Mr. Parker. He brought the Wonder Girls out here and a couple of more groups and his sound out here. It is funny how everyone is just starting to jump on this and now random people want to start taking the credit for a sound that had already been introduced. I got love for everyone, I got love for Swiss Beats and all the producers out there, but when you come into K-POP, Don’t ever say your taking over, that is their music and you cannot take that from them. I have put records on different K-Pop groups and have made them #1’s and have sold millions off of those records and I still cannot say I am taking over; I just want to be in the mix of great creation. But once again, I will say I am the first African American Producer to introduce K-POP to America and really stand behind it.
Jeremy Copeland: I hear you are in the studio readying a new album is this true and what can we expect from this new Record?
Teddy Riley: Yes this is true we are recording. All I can say is, you can expect to hear what you always-here form BlackStreet and that is great-unexpected music. We change our sound every time we cut a record. First album had a sound, then the first album did not sound like the second and the second did not sound like the third or the fourth. We are coming with a new sound and that’s all I can say at the moment. We are coming with great music and a sound that is unexpected. Right now, I cannot come with the same thing I have to create amazing music like I have always done. Whether people like it or not I am not afraid to change and make a new sound. A lot of people get afraid and create the same thing and don’t want to try anything new, so I want to continue to be the one to try something new.
Jeremy Copeland: Looking over your resume you have worked with a lot of beyond A-List stars such as Michael Jackson and ETC. One current A-list artist that you have produced for is recording artist “ Lady GAGA” What hade you want to work with her being that she was so wet behind the ears in the industry and so different?
Teddy Riley: I heard a talent brilliant young lady who was not afraid of what she wanted. She explored her talent and re-invented herself outside of the box every time and that’s what made me want to work with her.
Jeremy Copeland: Speaking of stars and re-inventing yourself, who do you feel is really bringing that to the industry full force and that you respect so much for being a true artist?
Teddy Riley- Beyonce, she is our only star right now hands down.
Jeremy Copeland: Being in this industry so long what is one important factor that you have grown to learn?
Teddy Riley: What I learned over the years is that being humble is a good thing and also can be a bad thing because people can get over one you. I learned that you must wait your turn and do not over saturate yourself and that’s why I am still here 26 years later. Do not over expose yourself. Come out one good time and let people enjoy it. If it is a run, then have your 2year run and go away, let people miss you. That will sustain your career and that’s how you avoid getting bored with your craft because a lot of people get bored with their career and end up doing crazy stuff and messing up what they have built up. I do not drink I do not smoke I do not do anything, I love my kids to death, I love my mother, I love my life and I love God. It is about taking responsibility for the people that are behind you and love you and making sure that they are taken care of, that’s what it is about.
Jeremy Copeland: What are your plans for the rest of the remaining year of 2012?
Teddy Riley: I want to get into more charities and get into more of the media world. I want to be a role model to children who need it the most. I want to get into more after school programs and anything I can do to build the children and build them as role models and set examples. That’s why I came back to Atlanta because before you do it for other kids you must do it for your own. I have been brainstorming with my team and we have great visions for the future and I have a lot of music and recordings on the way. I am a designer of sound; I am an architect of what I do and my music. I am legend and I must continue to make legendary timeless music.
JCFeature: Exclusive Interview – Aundrea Fimbres formerly from Bad Boy #1 Platinum Selling Group Danity Kane
Jeremy Copeland: Aundrea I would like to say thank you so much for sitting down with me and interviewing with JeremiahCopeland.Com it means a lot to us. Let me start off by asking, How are you? How are things going in your life right now?
Aundrea F: It’s my pleasure, Thanks for having me! I’m good and things are going great I can’t complain
Jeremy Copeland: How has life been after being in a #1 platinum recording group? (Danity Kane)
Aundrea F: You know it was such a blessing to be a part of a platinum selling group, Life after Danity Kane has been good and tough! There are always those times where you are trying to get used to not being in a group and it definitely can be hard at times.
Jeremy Copeland: What was the transition like going from major celebrity to the regular life after being dis-banded?
Aundrea F: It was a change for me, I was used to waking up early, doing shows, working on a album, doing interviews and appearances.So, coming home and not doing that it was tough for me.
Jeremy Copeland: How is the personal life now? Are you Dating/Married? Kids? ETC.
Aundrea F: My personal life is good, I am dating, I’m not married and don’t have kids, I actually started singing with a latin band here in California in 2010 and was recently just named the executive producer of ” The Next Big Thing Talent Show “.
Jeremy Copeland: What are your career goals now?
Aundrea F: My career goals as of now are to continue to sing with “Soto” , Do appearances and to continue to work with my good friend Joey Perez in The Next Big Thing Talent Show.
Jeremy Copeland: Do you speak to any of the girls from Danity Kane?
Aundrea F: Yes I have spoken to the girls of DK, I haven’t spoken to Dawn but I do mainly keep In contact with Shannon.
Jeremy Copeland: Do you have any regrets with being in Danity Kane or leaving the group? Looking back years down the line do you wish you guys could have worked it out?
Aundrea F: I do not have any regrets with DK, We have accomplished so many things in life that a lot of people don’t even get to do , Sometimes I wish that we would have communicated more as a group than what we did but when it all came down to it we could have fought for years and Puff still would have had the last say.
Jeremy Copeland: When you were on “All About Aubrey “ on Oxygen, Why did you leave out of that rehearsal and bail on the performance with her?
Aundrea F: The reason I had decided not to do the show was because when we were rehearsing all the old memories came back, A lot of people don’t know what it feels like to be fired on national television ,My heart just wasn’t ready to be back on stage.
Jeremy Copeland: Would you every do reality TV again?
Aundrea F: It really just depends on the type of show.
Jeremy Copeland: Have you spoken with Diddy since the dis-mantle?
Aundrea F: No I haven’t!
Jeremy Copeland: What is next on your agenda for the rest of 2012 -2013?
Aundrea F: To continue to work with the Soto band, and continue to do appearances, travel the world, and continue work on The next big thing talent show
Jeremy Copeland: Lastly, if there is one thing you can tell your Danity Kane fans what would it be?
Aundrea F: Yes there is, I would just want to say thank you to my fans for the support that you all have shown since Danity Kane, If it wasn’t for you fans we would never have made it as far as we did, I’m so blessed and thankful for such amazing fans!!! I love you guys!!!!
JEREMY COPELAND: First off I want to thank you for doing this interview with me today it means a lot to our readers they really love and respect you? So, you are back with a new label, new music and on one of the top rated reality TV series this year “Love and Hip Hop” on VH1, how are you feeling?
TEAIRRA MARI: It feels amazing Jeremy. I have been working hard for years now so any bit of pay off is great for me as an artist and entertainer.
JEREMY COPELAND: In the beginning of your career you were introduced to the world with your hit banger “ Make Her Feel Good” which was the summer jam that year and was also titled “The Princess of Roc-A-Fellaz”. Coming into the industry with that title what was your mindset like?
TEAIRRA MARI: It was so crazy for me. I am from Detroit so I never thought I would see that day where I would have somebody like Jay Z co-signing me. But over-all it was amazing; I jumped into it like a deer in the headlights, I was very green and a young girl, I was a teenager so I did not really know what to be thankful for I just knew that I was happy and grateful to be in the position that I was in.
JEREMY COPELAND: You and ex label mate Rihanna was introduced to us musically at the same time? What do you think it was that hindered you from getting to the level she is now in her career when you have the better voice than she does?
TEAIRRA MARI: Um (thinks), I don’t know. I don’t want to say I am more talented than anyone. Gods plan is Gods plan. When I was younger I used to side-eye the situation but I am 24 now and I do not get mad at that stuff. I think that she deserves everything that has been given to her and that she has.
JEREMY COPELAND: No matter how long you leave us whenever you come back with new music the industry is always so open and the blogs love you and eat it up, what is it that you think you have that keeps the public wanting more from you?
TEAIRRA MARI: I hope that it’s the music that I bring to the table and my talent because that’s what I put my heart into. But I cannot really say what it is but that is what I put my heart into.
JEREMY COPELAND: Speaking of your new music lets talk about your new single with 2Chainz called “ U Did That” How did you too hook up and create this amazing collaboration?
TEAIRRA MARI: Rico Love and my manager hit that up for me. I knew 2CHainz from the group he was in. I was always a fan and I am excited for this song because we both have been working a very long time and I am excited to see his success as well.
JEREMY COPELAND: Listening to your music I notice that you like to play around with new sounds and vocal ranges what direction are you going with this new music your putting out for us?
TEAIRRA MARI: Definitely a lot more grown up than the first album. It will be a little bit more bedroom music material with an edge, very spicy, and funky.
JEREMY COPELAND: Along with putting out new music you also have new backing promotion as you have signed a deal with Division1 The Hot new label under the direction of Musical Genius Rico Love. What made you sign with him and trust him with your brand?
TEAIRRA MARI: The fact that at the end of the day I know its about the music and the drive of a person and I know that Rico and I together deliver great music, we both are driven and we both want to succeed and he gets it.
That’s why I did it with him he is like my musical husband.
JEREMY COPELAND: Besides your recent collaboration with 2Chainz who are you also going to be collaborating with in the future that you can announce exclusively for Luxe7Magazine.
TEAIRRA MARI: I mean I don’t know right now. I love a lot of artists right now so you never know.
JEREMY COPELAND: How did you end up on VH1’S Love and Hip Hop, you started off premiering in an episode with Emily visiting her and then you have consistently been on the show form that point on and even have kind of a story line now, are you officially casted?
TEAIRRA MARI: I mean there is talk, nothing official but I am praying everything works out in good favor. I cannot really say too much on that because nothing is set in stone but there are talks about next season.
JEREMY COPELAND: Being in this industry this long what is one important thing that you have learned:
TEAIRRA MARI: I learned that’s It’s a cut throat business and you have to keep people that you trust around you to support you. That’s pretty much it.