K A M S I got the amazing opportunity to speak with up and coming artist BriaMarie. BriaMarie is a millennial singer ready to make a statement with her music. She’s originally from the DMV (Maryland to be exact) but studied at Temple University. As she would put it, she’s “DMV raised, Philly made”. Read below to get to know BriaMarie better.
How did you get into music?
When I was about 14, I started singing background for my dad’s Motown cover band. Through that, I was able to hone my musical and performance skills. In 2011, I completed my demo and connected with music producer, Carvin Haggins via Facebook. In December of that year, I was invited to his studio for an interview and have been with his company, Ethical Music Entertainment ever since.
Who inspires you the most? And why?
Jesus Christ inspires me the most. Anything that I’m given creatively comes from him.
What's the most important experience you've had in your music career? Or life in general?
It’s hard to pick just one as there have been many landmark moments in my career but one that sticks out is the moment I realized I was a role model. When I first started recording, I was excited to be in the studio and trying my best to fit in, so some of the songs I recorded included curse words or subject matter that I otherwise wouldn’t have been comfortable with. I played one of those songs for my family and my younger cousin ran upstairs crying because she didn’t like hearing me curse. That moment changed my entire outlook on my responsibility as an artist.
Tell us your feeling when you found out you were going to share the stage with Ledisi, Tweet and Raheem Devaughn.
The nervousness and excitement of knowing I’d share the stage with Ledisi, Tweet and Raheem and anyone else usually hasn’t hit until after the performance. I’m always in creative, choreography, performance mode before the show that sometimes I miss the magnitude of what’s happening until afterwards like “Did God really just put me on the same stage with THEM? Wow!” lol All of those moments have been major blessings.
What plans do you have in the future? Do you have any upcoming projects we should look out for?
Yes! If you haven’t already, go check out the videos for “Shine” and “#L2LU (Deluxe Version)”, both singles from the upcoming release of the deluxe version of my debut album, Freshman. The project will feature remixes and a few new songs so stay tuned! JJ
Can you tell us about your anti-bullying program, #LoveOverOctober?
#LoveOverOctober is an initiative to spread love, the anecdote to hate, well over October, National Bullying Prevention Month, for 365 days a year. For our events, we travel to different schools and programs to discuss bullying, what it is, its causes, preventions and tips, I perform and we also have giveaways for the students. We’ve partnered with organizations like the 76ers and iChoose2Live so it’s only growing.
What would you consider your role in the community?
My role in the community is a sister. Whether that’s an older or younger sister, I’m here to help, grow with, relate to, confide in and give the best advice I can. As a sister in my immediate family, I take that role very seriously.
Lastly, if you can give any advice to young girls of color, what would you advise?
Don’t ignore the red flags! There were times in my early career where I ignored my gut feelings (THE RED FLAGS) and allowed people to push me beyond my limits to make me into something that I wasn’t comfortable with. Whether that’s with music, clothing, activity or anything that you encounter, trust God and stay true to who YOU are.
Check out where to purchase her music (and here our personal favorite single "IDK") here at http://www.briamarie.com/#!music/cjg9
Interview by Chinazo Enigwe