Hmmm……I would say my 1st real “lights, cameras, action” performance was in a school play. It was right around the time “Sister Act” came out. I was cast as the main character (the one Lauryn Hill played in the movie). I sung the famous “Joyful Joyful”, and “His Eye’s On The Sparrow” songs. Had a ball, and a standing ovation! Then later that year entered a talent competition, and won 1st place…I thought to myself, “Yeah, I can see myself doing this forever.”
As far as getting in front of a group of people to just perform songs, I’d been doing that since about 5 years old. Growing up, my mother was a singer, so any chance I had to jump on the microphone during some sort of rehearsal she would be having, I would do it!! From starting at such a young age, I couldn’t even begin to tell you the first song I’d ever sung, but I do remember being in a house where Atlantic Starr, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Phyllis Hyman, and the like, were being played OFTEN, so I can guarantee the songs I was singing were mature for my age, lol.
Who influenced you as a developing artist? How has your influence molded your style of performance today?
All of the people I’ve ever seen perform, or have performed with, have molded me in some form or fashion. I’m an observer, and studier by nature, and pay very close attention to other artists and performers. I always see something that I could use to help better myself, or see bad habits that I myself do that I should stop doing. I think later in life when I began to get really serious about my music career, the people who helped mold me the most, I am fortunate enough to still be working with after so many years; Christopher “Biscuit” Bynum, and Vohn “Mr. Higgz” Higginbotham, of Sound of the City Music Group. In addition to being an artist under the umbrella of their production company, I am also one of the lead vocalists in our group, “Sound of the City Band.” With their grooming, I have definitely become more fearless, flexible, and confident in my stage presence, and performance. Organized chaos could only best describe it!!.
What do you think about while you are performing?
I try not to think of anything on stage while performing, because that tends to become a distraction. I’d rather be so comfortable to the point that I am able to loose myself and let the music take over. I’m a perfectionist, but have been practicing, allowing myself to become just as organic in my performance.
What city were you born in? Where did you grow up?
I was born in Washington, D.C., but spent my childhood between Maryland and D.C, as my parents weren’t together. As an adult, I ultimately settled back in D.C.
Any loves other than music? What is your favorite color?
I actually do have other loves besides music; however, music will ALWAYS have the largest piece of my heart. I’m basically into all of the arts. I used to be a sketch artist when I was younger, I did print model work for a while, acting, and a radio personality in 2010, along-side Marcel the Multiple (formerly of the Russ Parr Morning Show), and Marc Clark (formerly of the Big Phat Morning Show on 92 Q in Baltimore, now with The Hang Suite on WHUR). If my schedule permitted, I would definitely get back into radio. That was a lot of fun. I am also a songwriter, and currently work with a publishing company called Water Music Publishing/Kato Publishing out in New Jersey…Oh, and my favorite color is black.
Where did you get your first break at singing and performing on stage?
Since my mother was a singer, around the age of 11 or 12 she would allow me to perform with her at gigs. People started to take notice, word spread, and I pretty much started working from that day forward.
Do you have any celebrity crushes? Do you have any hidden talents?
Sorry…No celebrity crushes at the moment. As far as hidden talents…if I told you, they would no longer be hidden would they
Whom have you had the pleasure of singing with and who would you like to sing for?
Being that the band I sing for also serves as a backing band for several national and international artist, I’ve had the pleasure of singing for Glenn Lewis, Leela James, and Rahsaan Patterson. There are SO many other artist I’d like to work with, from Kanye West, Prince, Pharell, Lady Gaga, Timbaland…truly too many to name.
What projects are you currently working on? Where can people come to find your work?
I’m currently in the middle of working on a solo project, in addition to the Sound of the City Band project. Since my solo project is not yet complete, there are Sound of the City Band songs where I am featured that can be found and downloaded at www.soundofthecity.bandcamp.com. A live version of one of my singles entitled, “Come Go With Me” is available for download on the Sound of the City Band, “Live @ The Boiler Room” CD. My musical journey can also be followed via Twitter @PreciousJoubert. I always post where I’ll be performing, and where new music can be found.
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