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Epic Records’ new songstress and Ne-yo’s protégé Candice Boyd has been making a name for her self recently, writing songs for Tamar Braxton, Flo Rida, and more. The singer recently made waves as an singer with her Epic records debut single “Damn Good Time.” We recently caught up withe Candice as she talked about upbringing in music, her Epic records debut and her recent tour stint with Ro James. Candice also let us know about what we can expect with her new music and what is to come.Check out the interview below.

YMMW: For those who may not know who you are yet. Tell us who is Candice Boyd?

Candice Boyd: Candice Boyd is an R&B singer, I grew up in a church home, I am a realist, relatable, and she is a real R&B singer. That’s who Candice Boyd is.

YMMW: Before catching the eyes of Ne-Yo and LA Reid, you were working behind the as a songwriter, who were some of the artists you’ve written for?

Candice Boyd: I’ve written for a lot of artists but if were speaking on the terms of placements, I have placements with Nicki Minaj, Tamar Braxton, Pleasure P along with Flo Rida, but I’ve written for a lot of artists. It’s a gamble.

YMMW: LA reid singed you to a deal on the spot which says a lot about your talent. How did it feel to get a label deal right on the spot?

Candice Boyd: It was a blessing and a little overwhelming, you know in a good way. It was also humbling just because of the roster, the new Epic roster right now is crazy, and it’s surrounded by people that already have leverage, that have a fan base and a following. For Him {LA Reid} to sign me, you know just underground coming out that was really a blessing.

YMMW: Before getting signed you released a few songs out, one of those songs that caught my attention was lesbian, it was my introduction to Candice Boyd

Candice Boyd: Yes Lesbian was one of my first songs being signed to Compound U, it was written by Ne-Yo and that was the kick off. That was the start of everything and it goes along with the music that I even write for myself, its raw, uncut, and it’s real, it’s relatable . For those who may not heard it, it’s about a woman who’s in a heterosexual relationship but she still likes to be in a relationship with a woman, so that’s what Lesbian is about.

YMMW: What have you learned the most about yourself and how has your musical sound developed since releasing your earlier music compared to your music now?

Candice Boyd: I feel like my sound has grown because me working with a lot more mainstream artists and not so much by myself being locked in the studio like most artists like to be. Like me working with Ne-Yo, Eric Bellinger, and French Montana, it’s making my sound more adaptable and kind of gives the people what they want until I can give them what they need. I can fit more and I can adjust to the sounds on the radio more, instead of it being so far left, or so R&B, or so churchy. It’s like okay this is what the people listen to now, now I’m actually in the studio with these mainstream artists they can teach me something, they can teach me different things I may not know. Sometimes I feel like people who do all the runs and all the singing it can be overbearing to an ear that isn’t really ready for that. I just feel like I need to be around more mainstream artists, and because I have been, it has made my sound more eclectic, more poppy, more radio ready. That took some time it did not come over night.

YMMW: Ne-Yo has played a major part in your career as a singer what advice has he given you as a new artist making a name for herself?

Candice Boyd: That’s a good question; Ne-Yo was just like hey be yourself, that’s the reason why we like you. Don’t change don’t try to conform to the world just be yourself, and that’s what going to make people look at you. He would tell me things like its okay to be yourself and the sky is not the limit. We start at the sky and we go from there. He’s just really motivational.

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YMMW: Your single Damn Good Time with French Montana has received a good response from fans and radio stations. How did that song come about and did you expect such a good response once the record was released?

Candice Boyd: It was a song that was sent to me, the track was pretty much already done, the idea was there, but, the lyrics weren’t Candice, the lyrics weren’t tailor made. So Ne-Yo went in there he revised some things, and he actually said hey, Candice why don’t you come write the second verse. So I came with the second verse, Rodney Jerkins and his team had a lot to do with the productions, and we made it my own, then we presented it to LA Reid and he absolutely loved it. Before this was due to be the single we were already talking about the video before French Montana came along. I remember having to re-write the treatment. So it was already something that was destined to do well and rise, according the LA Reid. So we kind of expected it French Montana came in and sprinkled his magic. It was a blessing for him to add his creativity and his sound.

YMMW: You’re currently recording your debut album, what kind of music can we expect to hear on your epic records debut.

Candice Boyd: I have a lot of relatable songs, you probably won’t hear a lot of love songs, you’ll probably hear a lot about my transition into an artist, where I came from, how I deal with niggas, how I deal with certain situations. I’m really not in that love space right now; so don’t expect any of that. You can expect more songs like damn good time, more vibey more, live songs… I’m a live singer, so anything that I record, I record it so that when I do sing it live I will be able to . A lot of live bands stuff, so you can just expect that rawness, that realness real singing.

YMMW: I’m definitely excited, we all love a good love song but not all of us are in the love space. Sometimes you need that raw edgy say it your face song to express your emotions

Candice Boyd: Right, like tell me how to get over this guy, you know I have that antidote with my music.

YMMW: Right now you’re on tour with Ro James how has tour life been and what city has been your favorite to perform in so far?

Candice Boyd: Well, yesterday was actually the last day for me on the tour with Ro James. It was nothing short of a blessing, we were on tour about a month, and the last day was New York. But, my favorite city would have to be LA. LA showed out for me, that was my favorite city because that’s where I was most comfortable, but being in different cities and having people, connect with me the way the did, not knowing the words never heard of me or seen me, they’ve shown me a lot of love. Portland was the first city and they turned out for me, definitely Oakland turned up, Huston turned up, Dallas was amazing. We had a good time there was no city that was like, were not messing with Candice Boyd, my music can be raw and aggressive but if there is a story behind it and a purpose behind it and good intent behind it, they’re like Ok, I feel her. It was dope!

YMMW: Do you have a new single that we should expect hear soon?

Candice Boyd: Yes I do! It’s called “Make Me Over” and it is a song that we had for a while now, just waiting for the right time to put it out. It’s another one that LA absolutely loved, another one that was written by Ne-Yo and everybody loved it Compound U, the whole label, and we loved it. It’s definitely more of a ballad, slow type of movie score type song. I’m excited about that. I see great things for it, I see us overseas with it, and it being bigger than we thought it could be. That’s definitely coming, were actually working on a video treatment for that now. It’s going to drop sooner than you think.

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YMMW: On your debut album, will there be any guest feature? What producers and songwriters have you worked with so far?

Candice Boyd: Well the album is not finished yet, you know that goes until the deadline. Were going to keep recording, today’s songs are better than the last songs. That’s just the way it goes I just want everything to be great. Were taking out time, but I am going to be releasing a EP very soon, about 4-5 songs to give you a teaser of what’s going to be on the album.

The producers I worked with, I kind of open to work with different producers but its been kind of close knit. Which is a good thing, to help me gather my sound and get it together. I worked a lot with Kore Piece from Compund, DjCamper. It’s been a lot of dope musicians more so than producers. It’s going to make the sound even better.

 YMMW: With you creating your album and your EP, what else can we expect from Candice Boyd?

Candice Boyd: You can expect more shows. I live for performing live and just a good feeling. Not just because I’m on stage performing in front of people, it’s just a better way to connect and be more relatable, more touchable. I like to be all up in yo grill. I like to feel just as well, that’s why I know the people like to come to shows. You can definitely expect more of that. I also feel like my brand is bigger than music so were going to be doing it all.

Check out Candice Boyd new single “Make Me Over” below the follow-up to her hit single “Damn Good Time”

 

Make Me Over is a different side of me that I don’t always let people see. This record gave me an opportunity to expose my “frans” (friend + fan = frans, my nickname for my fans) to situations I know they can relate to.”–  CANDICE BOYD

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Your Music My World loves to introduce the world to new artist. We recently sat down with up and coming crooner Terry Bright to discuss his new project, OWLS, his love for Dawn Richard and more.

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YourMusicMyWorld: Hello Terry, thank you for taking the time to sit down and speak with us.
Terry Bright: Thank you for this opportunity and letting me share this moment with you thank you!

YMMW: We have been following you for quite some time now, but for those who do not know you, tell us exactly who Terry Bright is.
TB: Terry is a over all entertainer on the rise. I feel like I get better with time that’s one of my reasons why I title my first project owls ! I believe you will get to know more about me when you hear my music!

YMMW: Atlanta is home to some of the biggest talents in the music industry. Is this what prompted your move?
TB: I have a “mentor” by the name of Sean Bankhead who really advises me to really take that risk to move from Houston, TX to Atlanta! But way before that I always wanted to move there because of Laface Records all my favorite artist was sign to that label but ATL felt too small so I moved to LA from Pensacola FL then to Houston, TX.

YMMW: The new single ‘I…’ is definitely a masterpiece! What was your motivation behind the song?
TB: THANK YOU! I represent the Roman numeral for one. Also of nouns adopted from Latin ending in which represents “us”. Also I is how I feel .. I represent what I want to say but I’m afraid to say it ! The song is a narrative at the end the song the character finally reveals what he always wanted to say!

YMMW: Do you write and produce all of your own music or have a team?
TB: I write all my songs no co-writes ! Myself and best friend Rick Rose work well together for vocal arrangements! But other than that I’m just one band man ! And I would love to have like a manger and big team behind me but I know every artist have to show and prove themselves so I’m putting in my work a team will come!

YMMW: When listening to your music, I definitely hear one of my favorites Dawn Richard. What artist would you say are your biggest inspiration?
TB: YOU SAID IT !!!! A lot of artist such as Usher, Aaliyah, Brandy , Paramore, TLC, Ray Charles to name a few ! But Dawn watching her story on MTV… I related to her I been a fan since then ! She is one of favorite artist that inspires me the most and that I wanna make the most proud!! I met her before were kinda like friends in a way . She even saw my music video that I shot my myself she loved it but I wanna have that impact on someone like she been to me!

YMMW: What is the most difficult thing about being an independent artist?
TB: Trying be heard but not trying to follow the same sound! I just wanna be something that people would love to experience! I will always wanna give some kinda lesson is my music and live shows.

YMMW: What is the significance of owls?
TB: The mystery behind it and owls are lowkey just like me I’m very shy lol! Owls were used for sending messages and that what I’m going to do!

YMMW: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
TB: Hopefully with a son! Lol or twins. Alive and healthy working on being the next Will Smith and THE better Terry Bright from 5 years ago.

Let’s have a little fun.

YMMW: Salad or burger?
TB: BURGERS ! But i don’t I think about to go vegan

YMMW: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
TB: Orange because I love oranges

YMMW: What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
TB: Everything TLC

YMMW: If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
TB: A GATOR! Just because they been around since the Dino age and a Owl ” no rules lol”

YMMW: We have a new single, what’s in the works for you?
TB: visuals and I about to get back to acting and I wanna get on a tour i working on doing festivals.

OWLS will arrive February 16,2017
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Last week we had the opportunity to catch up with June’s Diary as they kicked off their 5 city tour in Philadelphia last week. During the interview we talked to the ladies of BET hit show Chasing Destiny about the new music they have been working on and what fans can expect, the second season of the hit docu-series, and the lessons they have learned from Kelly Rowland and Frank Gatson. Check out the interview below.

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A few weeks ago we caught up with Grammy award winning singer Mya as she released her new EP Smooth Jones. In the new interview we talked to Mya about her latest EP entitled Smooth Jones, which she called the last appetizer in her EP series before unleashing a new album.

Also spoke about her decision to go independent after being singed to a major label for so many years,her favorite songs from her new EP, and taking a stab at rapping on her album cut Elevator. Mya get’s very candied with us as she talked about what she misses from today’s music and the industry it’s self and what new artist she would love to work in the studio with. Check out the new interview below.

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Last month two-time Grammy award winner, Melanie Fiona touched down in London to headline a show at the O2 Academy Islington. This concert marked her first on British soil in over 5 years. So before she delivered a highly engaging, interactive and marvellous show we caught up with Melanie to discuss why it’s been so long since she’s been in the UK, the new album ‘Awake’ and much more.

Read all about it below:

Sope: It’s been 5 years since you last headlined a London show, so why the hold up? And what do you love in particular about London crowds and the city in general?

Melanie: Well yeah it’s been awhile since I’ve been back after touring and exploring other territories. I think one of the big reasons I never came back is because my second project was never worked in the UK. I was going through a lot of label changes at the time so I think that caused the 5 year void. But what I love is that from The Bridge to this 3rd album Awake which is almost finished is that I have the same fans, I’ve grown more fans and I’m able to come back here with such a strong presence after all this time. And it’s one of the reasons why I love London because it makes me feel like I’m at home. People here are true, they’re loyal, they’re music lovers and they understand where I come from.

Sope: What can we expect from the new album, what influenced it sonically and lyrically and are there any songs in particular you can’t wait for the fans to hear?

Melanie: Awake was inspired by personal events. Even before I started making the album – the word ‘Awake’ was something that I started to live by. I felt like I was going through an awakening, I was changing, transitioning and evolving. And that only came from pretty much my whole world being rocked from personal to professional – everything changing at once. It was a real test – and that’s where the term ‘Awake’ came from. I’ve been doing this project mainly with one producer Andre Harris and we decided we wanted to do this project together because we were both in a space of awakening and wanted to do something identifiable to both of us. The songs on this album range; some of them are very typically big ballads that people know me for, some are very relaxed chill vibe records. I didn’t want to limit myself on this album. I wanted a collection of feel good songs – and that can feel good on lows and highs.

Some of the songs I can’t wait for fans to hear is ‘I Tried’ which is the next single and it was also the first song I recorded for the album. I feel like that song was the catalyst because the song was about being in a dark place to being where you go from here so that was the awakening, I always feel like it’s darkest before dawn. There’s another song I love called ‘I Need That’ and another one called ‘Killing Time’. Also there’s a song called ‘I Want It All’ which is really special to me because I feel like it personifies the entire album.

Sope: You recently revealed that you worked with Stevie Wonder for the project, what was that like? And will that song be on the album?

Melanie: It’s a dream come true, I still relive that moment thinking did that really happen? And it happened with so much magic because it was just so random but so genuine. I don’t know if that song is going on the album but if it never sees the light of the day I’ll always have it for myself *laughs*. I would love to build a whole world album campaign around that song – it needs an official release for respect purposes. He’s amazing and that experience was truly incredible.

Sope: Do you have a release date for the album?

Melanie: I don’t have a confirmed release date yet. We’re looking at late fall in time for Christmas and the holidays. But up until then I’m going to be releasing music anyway, some may go to radio, some may not. I’m really okay because this album in this independent space is about the fans so I wanna get the music to them in any way possible.

Sope: How do you feel about being independent as opposed to being on a major label? And are you open to signing another major deal in future?

Melanie: I’m open to wherever the wind takes me, this current venture with a company like Primary Wave and being able to have major distribution from BMG as an independent artist is a good lesson and good test for me. It’s also a reward and a blessing knowing I’m responsible for my choices and knowing that I have a great team around me is a blessing. But sure if the right situation presented itself with a major label I would be open to that but it has to be right. For now I’m cool.

Sope: Since you are now an independent artist who no longer has pressure from a record label, what will define success to you in regards to this new album? Especially since you’ve had Grammy nominations, hit songs in the past etc?

Melanie: I think releasing Awake will be a successful thing, just to know I released an independent project. Also some marker of success would be visiting other countries and seeing fans I’ve never performed for before. But ultimately happiness, when this is all said and done if I feel I’m happier than I’ve been before then that’s the ultimate success.

Sope: When you were on a major were there any songs from your previous albums which you felt deserved more shine and attention? Me personally I would say ‘Priceless’ from the first album and ‘Bones’ from the 2nd album.

Melanie Fiona: I feel like on The MF Life, ‘Change the Record’ with B.o.B. should’ve been a massive record. That song is one of my favourites, I love performing it. I feel like it’s a fan favourite and everytime I perform it, I can see it’s a fan favourite so I know if more people heard it, it would’ve gone a little bit further. That’s the difficulty being in a big building, you have to play by the rules a little bit and whatever song they want to put the money behind you kinda just have to go with. But I don’t knock the songs that they chose because ‘4AM’ was a great success for me. I think on the first album ‘Ay Yo’ also had the potential to be great had there been a bigger push behind it.

Sope: Before your first album arrived, you put out a brilliant remix and covers EP with The Illadelphonics, which housed an amazing stripped down version of Monday Morning. Would you be open to doing a sequel to that EP and working with The Illadelphonics again in general?

Melanie: Yeah I would love to do that again, it was a lot of fun working with Questlove and the Illadelphonics. I always feel like performing stripped down is best for me. I actually did an acoustic version of The MF Life songs too. I just love the raw instrumentation of live music and the voice so I would definitely love to do it again. Infact what I probably will do with this album Awake is more intimate venues with just a guitar because I feel this is an album that garners conversation.

Sope: I’ve noticed in a lot of your interviews people bring up the Drake connection pnly in relation to the group you had back in the day The Renaissance. But they seem to forget he wrote ‘I Been That Girl’ which was one of my favourites from the last album, so my question is when are we getting Melanie and Drake duet?

Melanie: I would love to do that, the good thing is that we’re still so young and early in our careers. It’s all love, we talk about it everytime we see each other but we both never find the time to get around to doing it. He’s so talented and so sweet so I would love to see what we could do.

Sope: What’s your take on the state of R&B today and what R&B artists are you listening to at the moment?

Melanie: My take on R&B today is that R&B is changing a lot, not to say that there isn’t classic R&B but there’s a division between what R&B is and what R&B isn’t. At the end of the day, R&B is the foundation of a lot of music, it’s very important. So this whole debate about whether R&B is dead, do people still love R&B – I feel like people are changing what their perception of what R&B is but there is still a lot of great R&B out there but you just have to find it. I’ve been listening to Emily King who’s a friend of mine. I just love her project from start to finish – it’s a true real body of work. It’s definitely soulful but some people would call it Pop yet she has a smoky jazz voice. I love her, she’s such a sweet person and her project ‘The Switch’ is truly excellent.

Sope: Anything you want to say to your fans?

Melanie: I love you, I cannot thank you enough for your support here in the UK and worldwide for my life and my living, supporting and growing with me. I make this music for you and that’s what this project is about it’s from me to you directly and I hope you enjoy it

Check out the video for Melanie’s latest single ‘Bite the Bullet’ below:

Interview by Sope Soetan (@SopeSoetan)

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Last week Sinster 2 opened up in theaters, before the movie hit the big screen we caught up with the films lead actress Shannyn Sossamon to talk about her role in the movie and her experience with working on FOX summer hit Wayward Pines.

YMMW:Your new movie Sinsiter 2 is hitting theaters this Friday; tell us a little more about this movie and the character you play Courtney Collins.

Shannyn Sossamon: The Sinster 2 picks up where the first Sinster left off, with the deputy is obsessed to figure out the mystery of the ghoul and who his next victim will be. I’m playing Courtney who is a mother with two twin boys and I’m on the run from their very abusive father, and we end up in a little house in a creepy remote location which also includes a little church, and this is a great place for the ghoul to plant himself next. We also get to meet some of the past ghost children who the ghoul has taken and we also get a little more into the lane of the ghoul and a little more back story of him.

YMMW: For those who may have seen the first Sinister, what would you say is more different from the first one in the sequel?

 Shannyn Sossamon: Well, to be honest, I haven’t seen the entire first movie because I am not a huge fan of horror and I don’t like to be scared (Laughs). So I saw enough of the first Sinster to get the gist, and when it started to get really dark, I couldn’t handle it. So I’m just a bad horror film audience member, but there are differences for sure, what I’ve been hearing is there is differences in that it’s not the exact same formula as the first one it kind of does its own thing, and it goes a little further with the ghoul rather than just re-creating the same beat as the first one with the same family.

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YMMW: What was it about the script of sinister 2 that made you want to sign on to do the sequel?

Shannyn Sossamon: I met with Ciaran Foy the director of this film and I really wanted to work with him weI met with Ciaran Foy the director of this film and I really wanted to work with him we talked for a long time about the story and I realized very quickly, how important it was for him to make the characters real and the story very grounded and that the horror was happening on top of that. I remember him, saying that the true villain of the story was the father, and I thought that was really smart. I was excited to work with him and I wanted to help him make the movie great. talked for a long time about the story and I realized very quickly, how important it was to him to make the characters real and the story very grounded and that the horror was happening on top of that. I remember him saying that the true villain of the story was the father, and I thought that was really smart. I was excited to work with him and I wanted to help him make the movie great.

YMMW: Along with working on this new movie sinister 2, you also played Theresa Burke on Fox’s mini series Wayward Pines, when you first signed on to do that show did you think it would have been an instant hit as it did with the viewers?

Shannyn Sossamon: We didn’t know that was a very nutty show and we all were pleasantly surprised at how much people liked it, not because we didn’t like it you just never know with a show like that. It was an odd show, but I thought all the actors did an incredible job and I’m really proud have been in it.  Did you like the way it ended?

YMMW: I did, but I’m hoping for a season 2 a lot of left unresolved and I would love to see how it got to that point.

Shannyn Sossamon: Yea, they could go for a second season because they definitely left it very open ended.  wayward-pines-hyden

YMMW: Besides working on Sinster 2 and now that Wayward Pines has wrapped what else are you working on that people should look out for?

Shannyn Sossamon: Well, I’m in Atlanta, GA right now doing a part for season 3 of Sleepy Hollow so we will see how that goes the first episode airs October 1st on FOX. It’s going to be fun the character I’m playing is a little different then what I’ve been doing lately so I’m excited about that.

Make sure you all check out Shannyn Sossamon in Sinster 2 which is in theaters now.

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Last week we spoke to rising singer Natasha Mosley who’s most known for singing on Jeremih smash hit “All The Time” along with Lil Wayne. Now with her own LP RoseHall which is now available on Itunes, Natasha spoke to us about the dual meaning of her LP,  working on new music with producer Zaytoven, and more. Check out the interview below.

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A couple of weeks back we chatted with  actor/ singer Tahj Mowry, Tahj who recently dropped his debut single Flirt,  spoke about  wanting to be different in the music industry when it comes to his music.  Tahj also talked about some of his musical inspirations growing up, the new diversity that Television is now showing on our screens again and his desire to one day dance with Janet Jackson.

YMMW: Before we start the interview I want to say congratulations on your new single dropping

Tahj Mowry: Oh, thank you so much it’s still crazy, I don’t think it hit me yet (Laughs)

YMMW: So tell us a little more about this record and the producer you worked with on it.

Tahj Mowry: This is my first single “Flirt” and we also dropped the video for it on Vevo and people really like it so I’m really excited about that and my producer’s name is Excel Beats and he’s like sort of the other half of my brain musically, we just get each other in the studio and he’s also like one of my close friends in life as well, so it’s a great musical partnership that we have and were all about being different and I wanted to have this future funk-ish sound and I wanted to make something new, fresh, unique and colorless and genre less and this is the sound I came up with. Flirt is just a flirty spring/summer record, I thought it was a perfect first single for me, it explains me to a T. People just love the vibe of it because it’s so different and it’s funky and it leaves you in a pretty good mood.

YMMW: Most people know you from hit TV shows such as Smart Guy and ABC Family Baby Daddy, when did you start singing and when did you want to take it seriously as a career?

Tahj Mowry: Well, first I’m a firm believer, it’s all about timing and God’s plan In my life I just leave everything up to God when stuff happens it happens. For a while I was working on Baby Daddy and I didn’t get the time to focus on my music and about a year ago during hiatus from the show I was like you know what I’m going to go to the studio put in the work I’m going to write these records and I wrote primarily wrote all the song on my project so that’s something I really proud about because I’m not just another actor trying to become a singer, this is something I’m really passionate about because I am a songwriter, singer, dancer and I am a musician and I want to showcase that and I think now is the time for me musically, I have a good chunk of time off from filming Baby Daddy so I’m just all about music right now.

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YMMW: In your music we hear some prince influences, who were you inspired by musically growing up?

Tahj Mowry: Definitely Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Usher Brandy, I grew up listing to those guys and I wanted to take from all the genres and the artists I love and create something that was a definition of me musically, and I think that’s what my sound is and I think I have a very distinct sound, some people may not like the sound or the song but at least they can appreciate that it’s something new. I feel like a lot of the stuff on the radio tends to start to sound the same or they the same song over and over again. I’m trying to bring some real music back that’s why I like people like Bruno Mars, Jhene Aiko, Miguel and Lorde, people who aren’t afraid to do something new and go outside the box and that’s what I’m trying to do.

YMMW: You have a new EP arriving as well; tell us about this new EP and what fans can expect to hear when this new project drops.

Tahj Mowry: The EP is going to come out in the summer, and the album is primarily done as well, but I’m going to do the single first, then drop the EP in the summer and have a second single off of that EP. I’m really excited about that for people to really get a story of my songs, I’m riding this single wave right now it’s something really fun for me It’s new. So I can’t wait for people to hear more of my content because, like I said I am writing most of my stuff and it’s a new venture for me artistically and I can’t wait to share it with everybody.

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YMMW: Do you find it difficult some people look at you as a singer after being known as a successful actor?

Tahj Mowry: Yeah, I feel like it’s starting to happen right now and I realize it might take time because people are used to one thing and now I’m jumping into something else, but overall I’m an entertainer and I am an artist and singing dancing and acting are all of the ways that complete me artistically. So I’m just doing another side of my artistic love and I think that’s what art is all about. People are realizing this is something I’m passionate about and they see that I’m making good music.

YMMW: Being a child actor who grew up when black sitcoms were on the air, and now we are beginning to see more black actors and shows on prime time TV do you think it’s more of a  trend for now or a change that’s here to stay?

Tahj Mowry: I would hope it’s a change that’s going to carry out for a long period of time. I hope it’s not just a trend, I think people realize what people do what to see and shows like Empire are things people what to see and that’s why shows like that are doing well and I think they should do more shows like that. So I think it’s a great time we are seeing a lot more African Americans on network television and it’s about time!

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V.Bozeman Shout-outs YMMW

A few weeks back we chatted with rising singer V.Bozeman. The singer who was first introduced to the world on Timothy Bloom’s Till The End Of Time song has been making a name for her self. After being seen on the first season of FOX groundbreaking show Empire V.Bozeman talks to us about the brand new music she has been working on with super-producer Timbaland as well as working on the hit show Empire and what else we can expect from the LA born singer this year. Check out our new interview with the singer below.

YMMW: Last time we had an interview with you, you were working with Cee-Lo Green. Tell us how you started working with Timbaland and what is it like working with him?

V. Bozeman: It was great I met with Timbaland around the time I did Till the End of Time with Timothy Bloom and we’ve always been friends ever since then. He was working on a new project called opera Nior and he wanted somebody to be the other half as far as a singer on that project  and he said my named just popped up and he called me, and said I’m ready for you lets go, because initially he told me I’m going to come back for you I don’t know when I don’t know how but I’m going to come back for you and he did. And that’s how it all happened.

YMMW: we saw you on the hit TV show Empire, How did the opportunity come about?

V. Bozeman: Through Timbaland of course, he is executive producing the music and I did a piece with Cee-Lo called “Race Jones” that I have been sitting on for about a year, and I decided to show Timbaland that piece and he just loved it and he just shot it over to Lee Daniels, and said I think long called my manager I read for the part and here we are now (Laughs). It all happened authentically.

YMMW: What is love was a fan favorite on Empire, did you think the song or the show would receive such a huge response as it did?

V. Bozeman:  You know what I thought that Empire would be huge of course I did, one of my first interviews about Empire I said the show is going to be cultural phenomenon just wait, It was in my gut I just knew it. With everything that Lee Daniels and Danny strong had brought to the table with this series I knew it was going to be big. But I did not think What is Love would be this big I just really didn’t, you know I felt like it was another song about love, but I did forget that love is a universal language so I think that resonated with people. I just approached the song in an authentic way because the lyrics are real so I knew it was a good song, but did I think it would do all of this.. No (Laughs) absolutely not.

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YMMW: With now having both what is love and Black & Blue out right now, are you working on a new EP that we can expect to hear soon?

V. Bozeman: Yeah, absolutely, Timbaland and I are working on this new project called opera Noir, it’s him and me, we did a collaborative effort and the first single will be released in May called Smile. This project is amazing, I’m so proud of it and to be alongside Timabland and to share with the world, it’s going to hit the industry really hard, it’s just an amazing body of work I’m really proud of it. Then, following Opera Noir will be my debut album called Music is My Boyfriend so it’s going to be a lot of music coming from me and a Mosley music group this year.

YMMW: With this project Opera Noir, what kind of music can we expect to hear will the vibe be the same as What is Love and Black & Blue or is it a different type of sound?

V. Bozeman: Its timeless sound,  the sound is a lot of old mixed with new because Timbaland brings those ism that he brings to music sonically and it’s just bringing feeling back into music and it’s just going to be one of those timeless records that will always be relevant. I don’t think you guys have ever heard sonically Timbaland like this and that’s why I’m so proud of it, and he’s actually singing a lot on this album that’s people aren’t used to hearing him this way, I’m just proud it, the content, the production is A1 Timbaland is never going to bring you anything that isn’t the best so it’s an amazing body of work.

YMMW: You were first introduced to the world on Timothy Blooms until the End of time and now being on such a huge show such as Empire how does it feel to finally have to world how great a vocalist V. Bozeman is?

V. Bozeman: I just think that empire and what is love, just the platform that it’s on in the first place is huge and thank god I executed that song and people get to see me in the best light on such a big platform. I just think the stars aligned when it came to the situation of Empire and What is love and my brand. My whole mission statement is to touch the heart and the soul of people that’s always what I want to do, when I’m on stage I don’t want people infatuated with how I look or what I’m doing I really want people to connect with the song, the words and the voice because that’s the gift. So I think that it all aligned with the perfect alignment with the Empire situation, for people to really take me seriously as an artist, I came in with Timothy Bloom and that had its run and then I went with Cee-Lo and I was just cultivating over time and to be brought back in such a big way, that’s an artist’s dream.

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YMMW: How would you say your sound has changed from when you released Poison to the music you are working on now?

V. Bozeman: I feel like I’m forever evolving into a better singer and creative person every day, I’ve always been a little left-of-center, like you can think about poison and what my album is now it’s still left-of-center but it’s still cool, and that’s what is so special about me and Tim, because he’s a little left-of-center but he knows how to make it cool, and  think I have evolved as a songwriter, a performer, vocally I have become stronger. So with that, I think I’m the same I just evolved to become better.

YMMW: What is your current label situation right now are you signed with Timbaland’s label or do you have another label you are signed to?

V. Bozeman: I’m signed to Mosley Music/Epic records, that’s the current situation; I’ve been signed to Tim for about a year now and Epic records for about 6 months or so. With Epic I’m fairly new, and to have two albums which is amazing.

YMMW: Earlier in the interview you said your debut album will be titled Music is My Boyfriend, do you have a potential release date for that album?

V. Bozeman: That should be out at the top of 2016, because we have to push out Opera Noir first. So you have Empire, then you have Opera Noir, then you have my album. And that’s the perfect set up for an up-and-coming artist, to finally be put out there. It’s just done in the right way; I love the fact that I’m not just being thrown out there prematurely or anything like that. Everyone’s going to be able to see the rose coming to bloom your going to see that happen.

YMMW: With Empire now being picked up for season two will you be a part of the new season?

V. Bozeman: Yes, I will be, I’ll have a much bigger role and we will start to film in august, I’m so excited I can’t wait to see what these writers are going to write about in the second season (Laughs), it’s going to be I’m sure full of drama.

YMMW: With your new albums and filming the second season of Empire, what else can we expect to see from V. Bozeman in 2016?

V. Bozeman: I’m doing a lot of modeling, I’m getting a lot of scripts coming in through CAA, so a lot of modeling and acting, I’m doing a lot of shows everywhere. I’m going to Canada, I’ll be going to Indonesia to do a couple of shows, so I’m doing a lot of shows in between time, just getting ready for this Opera Noir run with Timbaland.