September 4th, 2012 | By xxclusivee
This past week, AG had a chance to catch up with upcoming Ohio singer Lolah Brown. We discuss her sound, her project Black Lily, background singing, being apart of BET Music Matters campaign and more. Make sure you go get your copy of Black Lily today!
For the record can you please stage your full name, stage name, your age and where you are from.
Stage Name: Lolah Brown
How did you get started? What made you want to become a singer?
I’ve always been a singer. My mom tells me that I was singing and dancing before I was actually walking and talking. It has always been a part of me. My earliest memory of singing is from pre-school. I was about 5 years old, and it’s been history since then. It was never a decision to become a singer. It was more of a decision to not take my gift for granted and really apply myself and go after my dreams. Technically I started as a professional singer in 2007 singing background for a fellow Cleveland artist Conya Doss. Shortly after that I started singing for John Legend. From there I’ve worked with Keri Hilson and Nicki Minaj. Now I’m pursuing my solo career.
How would you describe your sound for those that have never heard your music before?
My sound is very R&B. I’m an 80′s baby so that is what I grew up on. I’ve always had a love for heavy 808′s, bass, fresh beats… that’s where the hip hop comes in. I’m a real passionate person, and that’s where the soul comes in. That’s my sound.
How do you separate yourself from other singers?
I don’t really try to separate myself from other singers. I just do me.That separates me naturally. I have influences, as everyone does, and people hear them in me sometimes, but for the most part, people don’t say “oh you sound like…”. I’m also a live singer/performer. Anything I do in the studio I can do live. Sometimes I’m better live lol. That’s a quality that is lacking, but it is one of my strong points.
What I didn’t know is that you were a background singer for several known RnB artists. Many singers are and have been background vocalists for years and have been ‘stuck’ playing in the back since taking on that position. How do you switch from being in the back lights to the limelight?
It is a process. I do still sing background, but I’m doing my own thing as well. That is the position many of my colleagues are taking. We’re using the leverage of the artist we sing for while pushing ourselves as well. It is not something that happens overnight and it isn’t easy. Where I am now is working for me for the time being.
You are apart of the BET Music Matters campaign and just had a performance under that at Santos Party House earlier this month. How did you manage to get picked up by the campaign and what is that experience like?
The BET Music Matters showcase was amazing. It’s a huge platform that many new artists have used to launch their careers.To be selected to be a part of that was pivotal for me. They have a pretty normal selection process. You submit your material and then whoever they feel is best is put on the show. For me to be selected was definitely an honor.
You just released your debut project “Black Lily” in July. What is ‘Black Lily’ about?
Black Lily is really my introduction. I tried to capture my life in 12 songs. It’s about love, relationships, and situations that everyone can relate to. Alot of the feedback has been “this song is my life story!” It feels good to have people relate.
Why did you title the album ‘Black Lily’?
In love and relationships, there is beauty and there is pain. Lily is a flower that represents aspect of beauty and strength. Black represents the hurt and pain that comes with it sometimes. That was the best way I could describe both sides of it.
What is your favorite cut off of the album?
I have a few favorites. It is always so hard to choose just one because they all are so personal.If I had to choose just off the vibe and how I feel when I listen to it, my top 3 would probably be Once Upon A Time, Undercover and Do You Know.
How did you hook up with the likes of Fly Union, BJ The Chicago Kid and GLC?
Well Fly Union and I are both from Ohio. We have a lot of mutual associates who knew I sang and knew Fly Union was trying to do more work on the production side so we got connected that way. BJ and I actually were connected through Fly Union. It was the same type of situation where mutual friends thought we should link up and it happened. It is the same story with GLC. It is all a network.
Why did you release it as a free album?
I decided to release it as a free album because they are so many people who aren’t familiar with me. I felt like it would be unfair to put my 1st project out and charge for it, especially when you have well known artists like Wiz [Khalifa], Drake, and Jhene Aiko who are putting out free music. This 1st project was more so my introduction. I want people to get to know me first.
What can we expect from you in the near future?
I have some shows lined up in different cities, so be on the look out in a city near you. My team is really just focused on pushing the album. So many haven’t heard it yet so that’s our focus. I’m still writing and recording, and I must say…. the new music is dope!!!! So definitely be on the look out for new music in the future. The 2nd single “Maybe” featuring Jerreau (of Fly Union) will be released in September followedby the video we shot for it. Eyes and ears should be open for that as well.
Are there any last words you would like to say to your fans?
I really just want to say thank you. Giving your time, your ears, and your support really means a lot to me and I appreciate it! One thing I’m learning is that I really need my fans. I’m nothing without them, so again, THANK YOU! And for those reading, if you’re not familiar then I hope you decide to do so! The album is still available for free at LolahBrown.com, you can follow me on twitter, @LolahBrown and instagram (LolahBrown) because I know people like to see pictures lol. My tumblr page has updates as well, LolahBrown.Tumblr.com, and my website LolahBrown.com