Singer Tamia is back on the scene, but she’s not intimidated about her return to music.
While others might be nervous about a music industry that’s almost as much about what people see as what they hear, Tamia said she actually feels more empowered.
“The surprise is that after six years I have this project now. It’s sorta my baby. And it’s a beautiful surprise: my fifth album,” she told S2S Publisher Jamie Foster Brown.
Check out the excerpt below and get more in the November 2012 issue of Sister 2 Sister.
Jamie: Is it scary coming back out there like this?
Tamia: No, not really. I feel more empowered, since this is my second independent project. I feel like I’ve grown not only as a woman and vocally—I hope you’ll be able to see that on this project—but also as a businesswoman. And the business is constantly sort of evolving, and certainly the business isn’t the same business it was six years ago.
Jamie: The business has changed a lot, and R&B just went down so much; people weren’t even interested in R&B—this is what the R&B singers were telling me. And, of course, we need to have beautiful music with beautiful voices. But with the videos and with rap becoming so huge, that as well as the Internet, has really changed the playing field for R&B singers. Do you agree?
Tamia: Well, absolutely. Even radio. Radio doesn’t even want to slow down. When’s the last time you heard a ballad on the radio that‘s been R&B?