Singing is my way of giving back using the gifts that I was given. We all have unique gifts, and if you can find a way to use that gift to make the world just a little bit better, odds are you’ve found you’re purpose.
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Interview Episode #537: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax : http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2017/11/19/episode-537-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax
Interview by Jacqueline Jax
host of A.V.A Live Radio
Band Name: Victoria Renée
Song name: A Better Tomorrow
Music Genre: Soulful Pop
This song is about…
A Better Tomorrow is about coming together as a people united to build A Better Tomorrow for each other and the earth. My dream would be that “A Better Tomorrow” seeps into people’s spirits and encourages us to treat each other and the world with care and respect. It is so important right now especially with everything going on in the world that we spread love not hate.
My music is…
my mission. When I was a little girl, I witnessed my big sister’s death. We were extremely close. Between that and events that followed, I developed Selective Mutism. Not only was I mute, but I didn’t communicate in any way. Until One day, my parents found me belting out The Little Mermaid song. Unsure with what to do with this, they reluctantly (as I had just started talking again) allowed me do a contest, and from that came bigger shows, and then charts, and ultimately a domino affect to success at a very young age. I quite literally found my voice through music. It healed me. Singing is my way of giving back using the gifts that I was given. We all have unique gifts, and if you can find a way to use that gift to make the world just a little bit better, odds are you’ve found you’re purpose. That is one of the reasons a portion of proceeds to this song are going to St.Jude Children’s Hospital.
How do you think this release represents your current direction..
A Better Tomorrow represents my current direction because along with the other 3 songs on my EP that will be released by the end of this year, it has a true and uplifting message, the lyrics and the track come together to form an anthem that just resonates in your soul (literally), it has fun soulful ad-libs and melodies, and big open vocals!
Where do you create your music…
I actually recorded A Better Tomorrow in Michael Jackson’s studio… the very same one where he did We Are The World, Thriller, and a million others. APM owns that studio now. I wish I could record all of my songs there, it had such an awesome vibe!
How do you stay focused and balance creating with life..
Staying focused and balanced is always an ongoing effort. I like to wake up at 5 am to pray and meditate, then I go to the gym and train with my fiancé Linc, come home and get ready to tackle my day. If I don’t have self care first thing in the morning, I’ll get too busy and make excuses not to. I’m a big believer in setting goals and taking one step at a time. Myself, like most artist’s have experienced some type of block or a negative voice in my ear that tries to keep me from creating, so the goal setting, baby stepping, ‘just begin’ process really works for me. There is a difference, however, between just putting pen to paper, and discipline. My art doesn’t so much come from discipline as much as it does enthusiasm. Stendhal once said “Man is not free to refuse to do the thing which gives him more pleasure than any other conceivable action.” It’s important to do what is necessary to stay healthy, balanced, and get passed any fear and into doing the things that you love.
What piece of music advice forever changed your way of thinking…
I’ve been singing since I was a really little kid, but when I started taking voice at around 9, training classically and learning aria’s, I began to see music as a science, constantly focused on diction and technique… what tongue placement or vowel shape can create what sound. My notes were all right, I wasn’t doing anything technically wrong… but I had totally left out the art of singing. My sound came from my head and not my heart (cheesy I know, but I don’t know how else to explain it). My mom told me to just…sing….. sing because I love it to sing….. all the technique is there, I just needed to feel and believe what I was singing. Best advice I’ve ever gotten.
I live in LA…
Needless to say it is a competitive city in all aspects. Especially the music scene. LA has all kinds of artist’s and genre’s, from super star status to up-and-coming. I love it here regardless as there is an upside to living in a city saturated by artist’s. There are tons of really talented people that you can collaborate with. There is an unlimited amount of uber talented musicians, producers, and composers. You have so many talented people to learn from hands- on, even potential mentorship. And you never know who might pop up in the studio, only in LA can you have your sessions crashed by multi platinum selling artists and subsequently write for their project and visa versa.
I’ve been in talks about record deals but I’m waiting for the right opportunity so that I can flurish in the right direction.
So the future is moving in a great direction for me. I’m making music and staying on schedule planning the release of 3 more songs over these next few months.
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