MR. 100: YOUR STAGE NAME IS SHANDA NICOLE, ARE THOSE TWO NAMES PART OF YOUR REAL NAME? AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THAT NAME AS YOUR ARTIST NAME?
SN: My real name is LaShanda Nicole. When I was younger (in middle school, my teacher Mrs. Pearson had me sing "I believe I can fly" for a pep rally. After that I said my stage name is going to be "ShandaNicole".
MR. 100: WHAT SEPARATES YOUR TALENT FROM OTHER SINGERS?
SN: I'm a beast with this. Lol. I'm teasing. Honestly, I have been given the gift to take my life and transform it into song. I am a writer. I have written my way through pain and joyous times because of foster care. So when I sing, I visit every emotion through each note and through my lyrics.
MR. 100: BESIDES BEING A SINGER AND SONG WRITER, DO HAVE OTHER TALENTS?
SN: Why sure! I can draw, I received that from my mother but do not visit it much. I am a poet on another level. I can cook something fierce and I am an inspirational/motivational speaker for fostered and orphaned children. Some say that I have the gift of gab. I think my talent is to adapt to wherever I am.
MR. 100: WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
SN: Aretha Franklin- I love her range. She is absolutely flawless. I love singing her songs! There hasn't been another Lauryn Hill- singer–songwriter, rapper, producer, and actress. I have loved her since Sister Act, singing my "shoulda, coulda, woulda's" lol. P!nk- I love her as an artist, but more-so as a songwriter. She is personal and I can relate. Billie Holiday. She was a troubled kid - her music often reflected that. But she was so genius. She influenced jazz but also a little of what we call pop. And I love them both. Mariah Carey- I said as a kid I'm going to hit that note! She was a kid, now grown, still hitting the note, and I am still trying, lol! I love Kanye as an artist, but as a producer, I am in love with him lol,Then there is Michael Jackson of course, his name speaks for itself !
MR. 100: WHEN DID YOU SAY TO YOURSELF, OK I KNOW I AM A TALENTED SINGER AND I WANT TO TAKE THIS SINGING SERIOUS?
SN: When I woke up crying my heart out through song because of a situation. If I do not sing, I do not feel better!
MR. 100: WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS IN MUSIC?
SN: Grammy winning singer/songwriter is a goal. You can throw actress and Nobel Peace Prize in there too ( lol just teasing) ! Seriously I see the start of my non-profit. I want music to hopefully inspire others. I plan to reach out to youth who are in foster care, giving them the opportunity to express themselves through song and songwriting. Growing up there weren't many outlets for us and still are not. Only a counselor who nine of ten you don't want to talk to. I want to give an opportunity to be healed through song and writing (poetry). Music in-deeds heals the soul.
MR. 100: ARE THERE ANY OBSTACLES YOU HAD TO HURDLE TO MAKE IT TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW AS A ARTIST?
SN: I am not the statistic, but could have been. My mountains may look like hills to others. I have had an interesting hand dealt because of foster care, but I am grateful. I had to go through the pain of being separated from my two younger brothers in order to truly know what it is like to miss someone, to dream of someone. I can write about that because I felt it at an early age. How can a man who never starved write about being hungry? When you are served food as a child that often times resembled dog food, you would have something to sing about too. I went through it to be able to sing about it. To make some one else's hills plain.
MR. 100: YOUR SINGLE "S.O.S" IS A HIT, I REALLY LIKE THAT SONG, HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE CONCEPT TO THE SONG?
SN: Truthfully, I had at that moment just got out of a really crazy relationship. I found myself on a tug of war with trying to see past deceit but holding on to what I thought was love. I really did not know if I was in heaven or hell with this man. If I stayed it would hurt me more, so I left, but he took a little piece of my heart with him.
MR. 100: ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING PICKED UP MY A MAJOR LABEL?
SN: Only if I get to be the artist I desire. I do not limit myself. I have started working on material for my album and I am actually rapping (I like to call it poetry) on a song and it trips me out but the consensus is that we have a hit lol. I want to be able to be creative in my ideas and accepted because of my uniqueness. I need stability because I plan to give 200% for that longevity and respect; therefore, I'm looking for a home, not just a major label.
MR. 100: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE R&B MUSIC OUT NOW?
SN: I think there are some artist who have defined R&B for its true meaning. At times I feel like it is slowly drifting, but then Mariah Carey sings a note and I am happy again!
MR. 100: I SAMPLED YOUR EP "FUSION" ON ITUNES, AND I MUST SAY I LIKE IT A LOT, DID YOU WRITE ALL THE SONGS ON THE EP?
SN: I did. BUT let me not take all the credit for all the work put in. My producer James Clark III was a co- writer on three of the songs. The only song I can say was tic for tac lines between the two of us was Trade-winds. I don't know who influenced the lyrics for line by line the most, so I bow respectfully to him.
MR. 100: WELL SHANDA NICOLE I HOPE NOTHING BUT CONTINUED SUCCESS FOR YOU, I WILL BE FOLLOWING YOUR CAREER, I THINK YOU DEFINITELY HAVE THE TALENT TO SUCCEED, LET THE PEOPLE KNOW WHERE TO FIND YOU ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA SITES AND WHERE TO BUY YOUR MUSIC, PEACE!!
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