STRINGS HAS HAD A CHALLENGING JOURNEY IN PURSUING HER MUSIC CAREER BUT HAS PERSEVERED THROUGH IT ALL. SHE IS PROOF THAT IT TAKES MORE THAN A RECORD DEAL. READ HER STORY AND FIND OUT WHAT SHE HAS LEARNED ALONG THE WAY.
HHD: So far you’ve had three record deals and recorded two albums that were not released under those labels. Throughout these different transitions what has kept you motivated to doing music and making music your career?
STRINGS: It’s in me. I love singing. It’s a blessing from God. That’s my motivation right there. It’s something I was born to do. It’s a great outlet for expressing yourself.
HHD: How would you describe your career thus far?
STRINGS: I would describe it as an experience. It’s been a wonderful ride. The experience can’t be taught. Some of the things I went through were amazing. The things I’ve learned – how to perform, how to do videos and look into the camera, how to be, how not to be, how to smile. It’s been a great experience and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
HHD: What would you say has been the most important lesson that you’ve learned in your career?
STRINGS: It’s humility, being humble and staying grounded. Fame is a monster, it’s a drug and it’s easy to fall victim to that. A lot of people have tendency to lose sight of reality. If you start to believe that hype there comes a point where you don’t know you.
HHD: Moving forward what do you hope to accomplish as a recording artist.
STRINGS: I want to sell records, obviously. I love to perform, I love to be on stage. I love to record as well.
HHD: What was it about Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh’s “La Di Da Di” that inspired you to rap.
STRINGS: I think Slick Rick’s delivery. He was so laid back with it as if he was having a conversation. He was painting a picture and you could see it. There wasn’t any instruments being played, that was a person with his mouth. Every time I heard it, it gave me chills. I said to myself, “I wonder if I could do that. I wonder if I could paint a picture like him.”
HHD: You’re a working artist. Take us through what you would consider a typical day in your life.
STRINGS: Well, a typical day for me starts in the morning with a two hour workout. I have a daughter so I have her to deal with. Not on a daily basis because she lives in Chicago. But have breakfast, stay on top of my health, running my household, dealing with family…I try to rehearse for my live show at least three times a week. There’s studio and the relationships you have with different people.
HHD: What are the stories behind how you landed your deal with Keith Sweat and then Cash Money?
STRINGS: Keith Sweat had a joint deal with Epic Records and my manager at the time managed a producer that did tracks for Keith. He played some tracks for Keith and he signed me. But they told me they didn’t know how to market me and they spent $1.5 million on the project. They told me that they were going to release me with no obligations. Six months following that I fired my manager because when that happened he was on the conference call with the label and he didn’t call me back to say now this is what we’re going to do. I flew to New York so that they could tell me to my face they didn’t know what to do with me. I started some talks with Cash Money and things were up in the air. I was at a party in Miami and ran into Slim and Baby. From then, I had a record deal with Cash Money. The most difficult thing for me was recording both of those albums with R. Kelly and with Epic and not having them released. It was really a difficult thing to bounce back from. Those are the times where you question like maybe I should be doing something else. I thank God for giving me strength to bounce back from that.
HHD: Outside of music, what do you enjoy doing?
STRINGS: I love to cook. I’m a salsa dancer. I like to play video games like Atari and Wii. I am pretty family oriented.
HHD: What’s up next for Strings?
STRINGS: I have a mixtape that’s going to be released at the end of the year. I’m going to have a mixtape release party for the mixtape called High Maintenance Music. I am signed to my own record label called High Maintenance Music Group. I am working on an accessories line that will include jewelry, bags, and belts.
HHD: What is your definition of a hip hop diva?
STRINGS: Someone who’s in charge of their destiny. Someone who knows what they want and knows how to get it.
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