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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.
JEREMY COPELAND: KIMBELLA, KIMBELLA, KIMBELLA!!!! How are you Love, I am super excited about interviewing you today!!! Thank you so much for sitting down with me means a lot. How are you how has life been for you with the show airing and your name being all over the media, jus how has life been treating you?
KIMBELLA: It’s been good you know what I mean, like regardless of how I had to come from one thing to achieve what I have achieved so far, its been really well. I have a really positive out-take on life in general and you know you have to stay positive in order for the good things to come, so you know, its good, I am happy.
JEREMY COPELAND: Tell me how you got onto VH1’S Love and Hip Hop, was reality television something that you saw in your future a few years back?
KIMBELLA: Well TV, Acting, Movies, Commercials was always my first priority, the first thing that I wanted to do in life. Modeling came about for me so I Felt like that would be a stepping stone into getting into Hollywood and what I wanted to achieve over-all. So Yes, definitely.
JEREMY COPELAND: When you got called to do the show Love and hip-hop where you hesitant about it or did you just jump on board, like what where your thoughts going into it?
KIMBELLA: I mean I cannot say I was hesitant about it, I was kind of clueless to what the outcome would be, I will say that much. I also was clueless about what I would be exposed too doing the show but it was good for me. It really took me a couple episodes to really realize what it was and what I needed to do to turn it around to work for me. So…… Yea (Laughs)
JEREMY COPELAND: So being in the entertainment industry you have to deal with a lot of negativity, rude comments, people judging you twenty four-seven. How do you deal with that and stay focused on your goal?
KIMBELLA: Well first off I do not read the blogs and that type of stuff. I always want everything to be positive in my life and I know that’s damn impossible so I try to just avoid it as much as possible. If it comes my way I just smile and laugh it off. Like what else am I supposed to do I am not going to kill myself because so hoe feels some type of way about me and especially if they do not know who I am and they are just pre-judging me like everybody else, so what am I supposed to do. I am only love myself for who I am and that’s what I am all about, that’s it and that’s all that matters.
JEREMY COPELAND: So lets go back in time to 2003 when you first started modeling in Miami Florida, how can you say life has changed for you from then until now.
KIMBELLA: Oh God ok, well my first son was born in 2002 and I had a really low self-esteem at that time in my life. I was in a relationship with my son’s father and I really just did now know who I was. So once I had my son I was like I have to get out of all of them mess in my life and I have to do something for myself. I decided to do something I wanted to do that will bring me up and make my life better for me and my son so I started modeling, which by the way was not easy at all. I had to meet the right people and I had to show them like, listen, I am not into the bullshit, I am very intelligent, this is what I am trying to achieve, If you can help me without the bullshit then great we are going to rock out together, if not, I am just telling you to save you, DON’T DO IT… And fall the fuck back because I am about my money. So after that I got my portfolio together, and, you know I did take a break though, I had got into another relationship that lasted 4 years and in that relationship the person I was involved with did not want me modeling, he felt as if I did not need to do that because he supported me, so at that time I just kept myself highly educated in school and working an executive job and just being a mother. After that relationship ended I pretty much got back into modeling because that was something that I really wanted to do. Then in 2009 things popped off and that’s when people really started to take notice, I had met Juelz that year and that’s when everything began to change for me.
JEREMY COPELAND: So Kim, Tell me what the deal is with you and Erica like what is the issue with you too and where did this beef come from?
KIMBELLA: This is so funny to me like I am laughing so hard, I am not even going to outburst because its so fucking stupid. Listen, EXACTLY what you guys saw on the show is all that I know as well. I never met this bitch in my life. We have never worked together, I have never heard her damn name, I don’t know who her baby daddy is, I know nothing about this girl, up until the show aired then I got people calling my phone like, this is who she is and this is what she is about. I don’t know her, she came at me like we been best friends and knows my whole life story, the minute she got on the show she had a problem off rip with me like we have history and we don’t, and that’s really what it is, that’s what the fuck it is with that bitch Erica.
JEREMY COPELAND: So where do you and Erica stand now?
KIMBELLA: No we were never around each other at all. The first time I saw her was that first scene that we were together in and we got into that altercation, and the second time was in Miami, The third time was here in NYC When I confronted her lying ass and that was it. We do not share each other company, SHE KNOW WHAT IT IS.! Listen, I am a mother of 2 and supposedly she is a mother as well and she supposedly saying that we are mothers and shouldn’t be getting into all the this and I am like, BITCH You have a problem with me I don’t have a problem with you hoe, I never had a problem with you, I never would have had one with you regardless because I don’t do that, I am mature, I am a grown ass woman, I am about making my money, building my brand and taking care of my kids, Like what the fuck is you about??? So you know I don’t go around her, I don’t see her, but then again I don’t back down for nothing and no-one, If your going to come at me crazy I am going to do the same and I’m going to hold my own.
JEREMY COPELAND: Who do you actually hang out with on the cast when your not filming?
KIMBELLA: I hang out with Yandi the most, she is like my best friend, we do business together and make money together, so yea Yandi and me are sisters. All those other bitches I believe are fake. Somaya hits me up on the love tip and that’s about it, everyone else I don’t fuck with.
JEREMY COPELAND: So what is your relationship with Chrissy, what’s the deal with you too?
KIMBELLA: I never had a problem with Chrissy, of course I feel some type of way because of how that situation popped off when it was none of her business, she had no right to put her hands on me period point blank and I know she has to live with that for the rest of her life so she is punishing herself for that situation and I know she feels bad about it, I mean it would have been great if we could have just argued about it like normal people and resolved it. I have my own opinions on why that all happened and that’s that (laughs), the only thing I could say is that when someone crosses me or does something bad to me that’s just where I leave it, its really hard for me to just forgive and forget. If I see her I’ll probably just act like she doesn’t exist because then again I never got an apology from her and she knew she was wrong form what she did.
JEREMY COPELAND: As far as taking your career to the next level and becoming an actress, how do you feel when people say that Video Vixens and Reality TV Stars are not real actresses’ and will /should not be taken seriously in Hollywood mainstream?
KIMBELLA: Well first off that’s the problem with society, its prejudging people. That’s all people do, you cant say all video vixens cannot be taken seriously, shit I may have a real talent in front the camera, and doing what I have to do. So what I am doing to break that mold is just a lot of training and coaching so that when I am ready to be in front that camera I will not make a fool of myself and I will do the damn thing.
JEREMY COPELAND: Coming into 2012 what were a few things on your list that you really want to accomplish?
KIMBELLA: Of course since it was the New Year it was a fresh new start for everything positively. I have my website up and running. I am launching my brand called “BELLA” where I will have my T-Shirts, which should be ready in about two weeks as well as other products. I do plan on taking my brand past just material things and I am in the works of starting up some type of agency that will help women get into the urban modeling world the correct way where they utilize it as a stepping stone to get to the next step. You do not want to be an Urban Model only and you don’t want to be an urban model just stuck in the urban industry and that’s all your going to be doing for the rest of your life because you get older and you have to do other things to support yourself. So I just want to help woman out there do this right!
JEREMY COPELAND: What advice could you give woman trying to break in this industry? What’s one thing they need to know NOT To do which is a common mistake?
KIMBELLA: Keep your damn respect. Once you loose that then what? Don’t degrade yourself for a job or for some rapper who says he can take care of you. Keep YOU In best interest and be smart. I have NEVER Disrespected myself in this industry and that’s why I hold my head up high because I did things the right way and that’s why I am where I am today. And that’s why I feel Erica is mad, its like Bitch you don’t know me, you don’t know how hard I had to work because I did things the right way to get where I got and to the level that I am at in my career. So yea, that’s my advice. Do things the right way the first time you will save a lot of life repairs later.
JEREMY COPELAND: What is one thing that you really want to tell your fans?
KIMBELLA: Any situation I come into I am going to be respected and I am going to fight for it. Don’t prejudge me and don’t judge me because you don’t know me life.
Jeremy: Tell my readers a little bit about yourself and how you got started in music?
Syesha: First let me just say thank you so much it means a lot I have been waiting for this interview with you, so I am glad that we finally get to do this. I started out in music at the age of two actually, I would follow my mother around the house singing because my mother also was a singer, she used to sing background for a Motown group at the time and she had her own band as well, She would perform a lot in the community and I would watch her all the time and watch her sing in church all the time as well. So my biggest influence musically has always been my mother. My first solo was in church at 4 years old and I been singing ever since. I knew I wanted to make a difference in peoples lives. So I started doing plays and I did a lot of extra curricular activities in elementary school, middle school and high school. From that I went on to studying theatre in college and started doing a lot of extra work in Miami while I was going to school. I really just had a hustle mentality. Landed roles on a few TV Shows and then I ended up on American Idol and from there the doors have been opening and I have been blessed.
Jeremy: Watching your mother work in the music industry what were a few things that she taught you growing up about the business?
Syesha: My mother is just big on practicing vocal gymnastics and being free with singing and vocally letting go. She always told me that practice makes perfect.
Jeremy: Who else did you look up too in the industry vocally?
Syesha: Lauren Hill, Yolanda Adams, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Stephanie Mills, Etta James, and ETC. The list goes. I have a wide range of musical influences.
Jeremy: So lets talk about American Idol, tell me about your mindset before idol, going into it all and seeing the process of how everything works with American idol, what was your mind-set like going into the audition?
Syesha: Well because I had already did a reality TV show I already knew that you could be portrayed in any type of way through editing, so I kind of went into the competition, knowing that this is a TV show, and these are the rules, this is the contract that I am signing, so first and for-most THIS IS A TV SHOW! Also I seen it as another gig, and this gig will give me the opportunity to reach the fans that I want to reach and a bigger fan base, which I did. It opened a lot of doors and I am so grateful.
Jeremy: Would you ever do a television show again?
Syesha: I can’t say I would or would not because its A LOT!!!!! LOL. I learned a lot and it was an amazing experience but it was just A LOT.
Jeremy: How did you feel getting so close to winning but not winning American Idol placing at 3rd?
Syesha: Its funny because I did not want to win, I wanted to place second runner up. I wasn’t ready at the time to win; I was still finding my sound and me so I am glad I did not win idol. I placed where I wanted to and I am happy about that.
Jeremy: So you just recently released/posted an AMAZING Video to you covering “Love On Top” by Beyonce and it has to be one of the most powerful vocals I have heard in a long time. Talk to me about that post and how you were able to let go and reach those notes and ranges that you did in that song.
Syesha: Its funny because I was rehearsing, It wasn’t meant to be recorded it was just for fun. I had been singing the whole entire day, I was so vocally strained and tired and it took everything out of me to do that performance that night but it was a great video, the comments were amazing and I couldn’t be more happy about it. As far as the place that I go when I am singing to hit those notes, I really just dive into those lyrics and feel that emotion of the song and express that vocally. She’s in love and the feeling of being in love is an emotional journey and I felt that. I close my eyes and I zone out and it comes through.
Jeremy: What is the direction of music your trying to go into?
Syesha: I am very universal, I am just music!
Jeremy: Is there an album coming soon?
Syesha: There is an album coming soon but my goal right now is too just get something out as soon as possible to the fans, so if I have a song that is completed, the production is up to par and everything is up to par than I will release it. I will be releasing another song on iTunes in February 2012.
Jeremy: Thank you for sitting with me it meant a lot Syesha!
Syesha: Thank you Jeremy… Love the site, Anytime!