The talent that Chaka possesses is undeniable. With deep roots in Gospel music, this power house has the ability to take the R&B/Soul genre by storm. Her powerful voice paired with her relatable lyrics makes her a force to be reckoned with.
1. Can you tell us about how you started singing?
Well I led my first solo in the church youth choir at the young age 4 years old. I come from a strong gospel background, my grandfather has a gospel quartet group and my grandmother use to sing as well she actually is the one that pushed me to start singing, so as a child I grew up around music there was no escaping it.
2. How has gospel music influenced your style of music?
Gospel has influenced my style of music in alot of ways, Gospel music created my soulful, raw and unique voice and style that I have and the ability to touch people hearts and how to work a crowd came from singing at church they were my first audience and thats the special gift that I recieved from singing gospel music.
3. How would you describe your music? What type of experience can listeners expect to have while listening to your songs?
I can describe my music as being very soulful with a touch of hip hop R&B mixed in it..the experience that my listeners have when listening to my music is powerful, I like to take my supporters on a journey because the topics I choose to write and sing about are very real so that listeners will feel as if I’m singing that certain song just for their situation which could be life changing for them.
4. Which artists have influence you musically?
The artists that have influenced me musically are Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Queen of Pop Whitney Houston, Queen of Hip Hop Mary. J Blige and Ms. Lauryn Hill just to name a few.
5. What is your favourite part about performing live?
My favorite part of performing live is when I get that mic in my hand I feel so free and powerful and the connection I build with the audience its such a powerful energy that takes place when I’m making eye contact with indiviuals and their singing my lyrics..its like at that very moment we become one, its like making love for the very first time is the only way I can explain it.
6. You recently released a music video for your song “Who Am I.” What influenced your decision to make a video to this song?
Yes I recently made a video for my debut single “Who am I” its such a powerful message behind the song its basically talking about how a person can loose themselves in another person, its like you forget all about your dreams, your interests, your self worth because you are deeply in love or infactuated with someone so bad that your neglecting yourself your not living for yourself anymore your living for the other person. So I chose to create a video for that song just for that reason alone because its so many of us as young women who are loosing ourselves in that man or woman which is not a good thing.
7. What inspires your lyrics?
What inspires my lyrics is my own personal life issues I call my music “True Music” because all the songs I write about are about my own relationships dealing with lonliness, life, love, heartbreak, everything is very real because I put myself out there so my supporters can relate to me.
8. What are your goals musically for 2012?
My goals musically for 2012 are to release my first album titled “Straight To The Point” to release my mixtape titled “What’s the 804?” to open up shows for some major artists, and to hopefully sign with a major record label.
9. Which artist are you listening to right now?
The artists that i’m listening to right now are Mary J. Blige, Adele, and Amy Winehouse may she rest in peace.
Twitter: @ChakaNicholas Singles available on Amazon and ITunes
Singles available on Amazon and ITunes
Interview by Natasha Jordan