Chrissy is a great upcoming R&B artist from Ottawa, Canada. At Essential Pop we love unearthing talented new artists from all over the globe and were delighted when we came across Chrissy’s creative portfolio and she agreed to be interviewed so we could share everything with you. Read on to discover what Chrissy has recently been doing, what’s it like living in Ottawa and what she’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Sweet, smooth and angelic. I want to revamp R&B from the 2000′s.
Q: What is your musical background?
I started taking piano lessons when I was 6 -- I hated it. I had a hard time reading notes and I would end up coloring the pictures in my book instead. I eventually grew to have an appreciation for it when I started singing at 13. I taught myself how to sing and play and I’m grateful for those lessons; it’s an amazing feeling being able to create your own music.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
The last 12 months have been pretty hectic. Actually, my whole life has been pretty hectic. It’s always hard finding a balance between recording new music, performing, making videos and just having time for friends and family. You always have to be consistent when putting out music or else people forget about you. Our generation has a short attention span thanks to YouTube and all the easy access to entertainment. There’s always something to watch if it’s not you!
Q: Who inspires you musically?
I love Brandy, Destiny’s Child, and Mariah Carey to name a few. They’re all strong and beautiful women and have kept it classy throughout their career.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Beyoncé is on fire; whether you love her or hate her you can’t deny her talent and her dedication. That’s why I appreciate her as an artist. She’s always delivering and puts everything she has into her music. I want to be just like that.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
I would love to make a song with Drake. He adds so much flavor to anything he touches he has yet to disappoint me. He’s definitely up there on my list.
Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?
Kat Dahlia – Gangsta on REPEAT
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
Some people like to write first and then create the music around their words, but I like to feel the vibe of a beat first. If I’m feeling the beat, I get inspired to write, and the melody and the words just come.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
I definitely can’t place one higher than the other -- they’re both equally important to me. If you don’t have a good melody, it’s hard to stay focused on the words no matter how good they are. The same goes for an amazing melody; if the words don’t make sense, how can you relate as a listener?
Q: Where are you based?
I’m from Ottawa, Canada.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
It’s definitely a challenge trying to be a singer, yet alone anything in the entertainment industry. Although we are the capital of Canada, we’re only a city population of 1 million, and we all end up working for the government in one way or another. That’s sort of your fate by default living here.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I am currently in the midst of finishing up my single and shooting a music video. I’m really excited to start working on my first official album. I released my first EP in November 2012 and the response has been amazing so far. I can’t wait to share more music with my fans!
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
In January of last year my cover song to Crew Love was featured on WorldStarHipHop. I gained massive exposure and thousands of new fans. I even caught the attention of the producers from The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I was walking on clouds for a while!
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
I want to grow as an artist and create something different. I have a clear vision of what kind of music I want to make and that’s why I’m so excited to make this album. I was experimenting with my first EP; I was trying to figure out what I like, what my sound is, who Chrissy is.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
I’m currently in the midst of negotiating a tour with a special guest appearance. Once everything is settled I’ll be announcing all the details! Fingers crossed.
Q: What do you do to relax?
This is going to sound super nerdy, but I play video games in my down time. Xbox, PS3, Wii… I do it all. I blame it on having 2 brothers. My phone is pretty jam packed with games too. If I’m staring at my phone for too long, it’s not a text message.
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
Lebanon for me is a must see. The beauty and the culture is one of a kind. My father is Lebanese and British, I feel like I would be learning part of my history by visiting the country.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
It’s not easy. You have to absolutely love what you do. It’s an emotional rollercoaster with a lot of highs and lows. There will always be obstacles in the way and people telling you no, but you have to always stay motivated and keep pushing. Ask any great artist, they’ll tell you they received countless no’s before receiving a yes. People will turn you down, people will put you down, people will want you to fail. You have to be consistent, positive, and willing to go against the grain.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
I really love my fans because they appreciate the music I make for them. I wanted my first EP to be a free download so my fans could get a taste of my music. This album is where they are going to have a chance to help me. I’m starting a campaign on Indiegogo.com to raise money for my album. My fans and supporters can donate anything they want to help contribute to the making of my album. The campaign will be launching soon and I need your help!
Editor’s Note: Chrissy has a great vocal and an incredibly memorable vibe and we’re hoping she’ll achieve a great deal of musical recognition as her influence develops.
If you’d like to check out more of Chrissy’s music, or get in touch, just follow the links below: