The last 2 years have been very emotionally draining and music, family and friends were they only things that kept me sane. Mark and Divan listened to every bad song I wrote and always gave encouragement when I didn’t think I could write another song or get on stage to sing. I would wake up every morning and Mark’s first question would be “What are your plans for the day? And what’s going on with your music?” He might not know it but those 2 questions, along with “What’s for supper?” kept me grounded and focused. Then there were all those dirty jokes…that I could never share..
There really was a time when I did think I would never write music or find the right people to work with. Then along came Mallum. I won’t lie…it took a while for me to trust him. Some people just don’t get me or my music. And I drilled the poor man. I was always very precise about what I wanted in a song and how it should sound because I was paying him after all. Many songs were given to him in their entirety but even those he improved upon. I especially love what he did with my apocalyptic song called THE END and A BETTER MAN. He never let me down. Then there’s Seth Grey who always passed on music that I could write to it. One of his beats ended up being used by Zubz and I for our duet, a song called ALL TIED UP that I wrote for my sister. She likes the song but is in two minds about it. Some people you just can’t satisfy!
How can I forget the most talented man in the music industry today? Lionel Bastos who writes the most emotive songs and actually allows me to sing them. Lionel who is always so generous with his time and would answer any questions I had as best he could. He is one of my mentors and a wonderful man all round…
However, I need to say this – and it is important for all musicians out there. I learnt a great deal from the first cd, how it was made and the business of the music industry. I was lucky because I had Morgan who always shared information and kept me in the loop the first time round. My career is where it is because she was always pushing and insisting that things are done a certain way. Sometimes I think all she missed was a whip – the killer heels she has, trust me!
However, on the second album I was left to my own devices and learnt to trust my gut more than anything. I learnt how to deal with clients, to negotiate and essentially to not be scared any more. Calling up radio stations, mailing people in the media, getting playlisted…things I never did before but was forced to learn. I did it alone for the most part and am grateful for it because of what I learnt and the people I got to meet along the way.
These are the people who helped most and whenever I needed it. On the music video side I had a great team helping me – headed by Ross, Marius, Ierephaan, Christoph and my beloved French Michel. I am lucky to have people who not only believe in me but my music passionately. They give of their time and their money freely without me ever asking. That is something I hope to repay in any way I can..
However, this album is my baby. I was involved in every step, wrote most of the songs and was intimately involved in every decision. This album is also not a random collection of songs, as the first cd was, it is thought out and revolves around a theme everyone can relate too. The cd’s name will be CALL IT LOVE, Anima Sola. Not all the stories are my own. Some were inspired by friends, lovers, mothers, aunts…I can only write what I feel and my friends and family matter most to me.. Without them nothing would be possible. Not the life I live nor this new cd…