Playing Nice with Charlie
by Mikelle S
I found her because Sean L Bankhead was doing choreography for her. The choreography was soo dope but I wanted to have the song, I wanted to find the artist. So I began to dig, and found all of her sites. After not finding a suitable place to download it, I ripped the track from YouTube(I guess I shouldn’t condone this but you do what you gotta do right??). I found her around the same time I found Jayms Madison and was bumping You Get Me Nice for the longest!
Charlie is a triple threat in her own right and has recently come out with a new track, Rip My Clothes, for her “bubs”(her equivalent to Nicki Minaj’s barbies. Having seen alot of sides to the industry I felt it only necessary to ask her a few questions about her experiences.
Do you remember the first song you first wrote??
YES I DO… LOL THE FIRST SONG I WROTE WAS HORRRRRIBLE… IT WAS CALL “TASTE THIS” HAHAHAHA Do you still have it?? I DO… I RAN ACROSS IT A WEEK A AGO… IN MY CD THAT I KEEP FOREVER. Was it for anything in particular?? NO I JUST WANTED TO WRITE A SONG… I RECORDED IT WITH MY OLD ROOMIE AT THE TIME, SHE’S AN ARTIST AS WELL NAMED ALJU JACKSON…WE LAUGHED AT IT BECAUSE IT WAS SOOOO BAD
I see that on your YouTube and on your website you say you are an artist/songwriter and it makes he think about how alot of people in the industry nowadays like to be / something. Do you think this is because of the economy or is there something in particular??
I REALLY COULD NOT TELL YOU WHY ALOT OF PEOPLE HAVE DECIDED TO BECOME ARTIST, I CAN ONLY SPEAK FOR MYSELF, TO ME MUSIC IS A PASSION, WHEN YOU CAN SEE YOURSELF DOING NOTHING BUT THIS AND YOURE WILLING TO GRIND IT OUT AND DO THE HARD WORK, THEN ITS MEANT FOR YOU… IM NOT HERE FOR THE FAME OR THE GLITZ AND GLAM, I JUST WANNA WRITE AND SING MY MUSIC AND SOMEHOW GET THAT MESSAGE ACROSS OF WHATEVER THE SONG IS TALKING ABOUT
Before being a triple threat was something that was something that was exclusive but it now seems that more and more people are triple threats even if they aren’t the normal attributes attributed to triple threats.
TRIPLE THREATS COME IN RARE FORMS…LOL THATS ALL I GOT TO SAY ABOUT THAT..
When you get in the studio to write a record for yourself or anyone else are there ideas that you keep in your head??
I LIKE TO KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE THOUGHT RANDOMLY POPPING UP IN MY HEAD AND ONCE I GET IN THE STUDIO I HAVE A LIST… BUT IF THE LIST HAS NOTHING IM FEELING FOR THAT PARTICULAR TRACK.. I GET INTO MODE… I IMAGINE MYSELF BEING SOMEWHERE ELSE… AND I JUST PLAY AROUND WITH MELODIES OR ID GO AS FAR AS DANCNG AROUND THE STUDIO TO THE TRACK JUST TO MAKE SURE IM FEELING THE TRACK…
Do you have different ideas for each group you write for??
WHEN I WRITE FOR OTHER ARTIST I TRY TO GO AWAY FROM THE NORMAL BECAUSE SOMETIME THEY ARE LOOKING FOR THAT DIFFERENT SOUND… AND TO ANSWER THE QUESTION YES… IM ALWAYS COMING UP WITH DIFFERENT IDEA… THEE IS REALLY NO FORMULA TO WRITING… WHATEVER I HEAR… I PUT IT DOWN…
Do you feel you bring something to the industry that others don’t and if so what??
I FEEL IM BRINGING THE INDUSTRY WHAT ITS BEEN MISSING FOR YEARS NOW, WHICH IS ORIGINALITY, ARTIST TO ME ARE ALL BEING PUT IN THESE BOXES TO BE CREATED LIKE THE HOTTEST ARTIST OUT AT THE TIME AND ME.. I FEEL IM A TREADSETTER, I TAKE MY OWN FOOTSTEPS… I DANCE, I WRITE MY OWN MUSIC, AND I TAKE CHANCES
Alot of the time, what we see is not all the story so what is the rest of your story??
MY STORY IS… I CAME FROM JACKSONVILLE FL, MOVED TO ATL TO FUTHER MY MUSIC CAREER WITH A GIRL GROUP “JUST A GIRL” WHO WAS SIGNED TO SYLVIA RHONE OF UNIVERSAL MOTOWN AND DALLAS AUSTIN OF ROWDY RECORDS, WE STRUGGLE FOR 3YRS AND BY THE 4TH YR WE DECIDED TO PART WAYS, I DECIDED TO FURTHER MY CAREER AS A SOLO ARTIST HAVING TO BATTLE THE WHOLE DARK SKIN GIRLS CANT MAKE IT IN THIS INDUSTRY, AND ALTHOUGH TIL THIS VERY DAY THAT FIGHT STILL REMAINS, BUT I REFUSE TO GIVE UP, BECAUSE IM NOT GONNA LET THAT GET THE BEST OF ME, MY MISSION IS TO PROVE TALENT IS TALENT NO MATTER WHAT SHAPE FASHION COLOR OR FORM AND IM GONNA PROVE DARK GIRLS CAN ON TOP.
Who composes your team??
MY TEAM: DMG / UPFRONT
Is there anyone out in the industry now that you look up to or would want to work on a track with??
THE PERSON IN THE INDUSTRY I LOOK UP TO I WOULD SAY IS LADY GAGA… LIKE ME, SHE TAKES CHANCES AND CREATES HER OWN FOOTSTEPS… SHE DONT CARE WHAT PEOPLE THINK AND SHE’S HONEST AND REAL, AND I LOVE THAT.
I read on your website that you started the girl group “Just A Girl” and now we know you are out on your own.
Do you feel like it’s harder going it alone or with the group??
NO ITS EASIER, LOL WE WERE ALWAYS LATE… LOL I WAS LIKE THE MAMA OF THE GROUP AND THE ALARM CLOCK.. BUT NOW THAT ITS ME IM ABLE TO BE ON TIME…
If they are about equal, what are some pros and cons of both??
PROS: IN THE GROUP WHEN ONE IS SICK THEY OTHER IS ABLE TO BACK THEM UP OR WHERE ONE OF US MAY HAVE LACKED THEY OTHER PICKED UP
PROS AS A SOLO, NOT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT HARMONY AND SOMEONE BEING OFF THE NOTE OR NNOT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT SOMEONE NOT PUTTING THEIR ALL INTO A PERFORMANCE
CONS: SOLO ARTIST HAS TO DO IT ALL OR HANING TO TRAVEL ALONE
CONS IN A GROUP, ARGUMENTS, FIGHTING OVER WHO SINGS WHAT…HAHHAHAH
Do you feel that you’ve had your “break” yet?? If so what do you think that moment was and how did you arrive there??If not what do you think it takes to get there?? Do you think that you’re near to it??
NO, BUT I FEEL ITS CLOSE…AND I’M GETTING CLOSER WITH EACH PASSING DAY. IT TAKES ALOT OF HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION AND YOU HAVE TO BE STRONG IN THIS INDUSTRY CAUSE IT WILL CHEW YOU UP AND SPIT YOU OUT
I see you’re on Twitter and YouTube among other things. Do you find these sites imperative to being in the industry?? If so which ones do you utilize the most time on?? Also what website is your guilty pleasure??
INDEED LOL. IM ON TWITTER THE MOST…. I LOVE IT… MY BFF CALLS ME A TWITTER HEAD… SHE EVEN MADE A SONG OUT OF IT…HAHAHAHA
(and in reference to the guilty pleasure)
YUMMM SO MANY… I LOVE HIGH FASHION, SO IM MOSTLY ON DIFFERENT FASHION SITE… MY FAVE IS GIVENCHY.COM
What’s your favorite color??
How would you describe your clothing style??
SEXY GOTHIC CHICK
If I asked you to give the best advice to a senior, fresh out of high school who wanted to make it in this industry what would you say to them??
FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS
What’s next for you??
WHATEVER PATH GOD CHOOSES FOR ME….