If you have a desire, passion, or dream, I urge you to pursue your goals because you never know the outcome.
At the tender age of 11, I was always fascinated with singing and mimicking artists. When I started singing, I picked up the genre of calypso, where my first competition was in Anguilla for the Junior Calypso competition. I was so nervous! The lights were very bright, and I stood in front of a large crowd and stared at the judges while I sung. It was a new and frightening experience for me, but ever since then, I have not been able to let go of my love for calypso and the stage in general.
In 2012, your hit single "Delete" gained widespread success in Anguilla and throughout the Caribbean. You even tied with Machel Montano at the 2012 International Soca Awards for "Best Soca Music Video." Looking back, what was that time in your career like for you?
Wow, I was so honored to be nominated for my song "Delete" and didn't even prepare a speech in case I won. It was a shocker for me. I was stunned to find out that I had won, and even better than that, had even tied with Machel Montano for Best Soca Music Video. This is one achievement that I did not expect so early in my soca career.
I was just hoping and praying that I would win one of the two categories so that I could make my family, friends and fans proud. I really did not expect to win especially against the other talented soca artists that I was up against. I knew that if I won, it wouldn’t be easy, but I'm ecstatic that I did and would like to thank my family, DJs, fans and the International Soca Awards Committee for this award. I could not have done it without you.
The recording process for "Portion" was not easy as it was a festive season for St. Maarten Carnival 2015. I was a participant in the Soca Rumble as well as a performing guest for multiple shows like Project X Fete, Carib Wired, and much more. The studio session was an early session after Project X Fete at the Funk Lab studio with Funk Gumbs. I was accompanied by my manager and road manager who were listening keenly for errors or any areas that could have been improved. In less than three hours, my latest hit single was created and later sent on to be mixed and mastered.
Any hints as to what we can expect to see in the music video for the single when it's released?
Well I’d love to keep it a secret! But you can definitely expect something great from me for the production of this music video. I have been approved by many videographers as well as producers who are interested in working with Team Roxxy to complete the video. So far, the team is putting the ideas together, and I can tell that my fans will fall in love with this new music video. We don’t have a release date as yet, but you can stay glued to my fan page for insights and updates.
My entire life has been grounded in music, and I've always been surrounded by people in the music industry. I've learned a lot through not only my experiences, but the teachings and mentoring that I receive from my team and fans as well so it's easy for me to evaluate music in Anguilla today. It's been evolving over the years especially in terms of new upcoming solo artists and newly formed bands. The music sounds more melodic and even gives off a more international feel. Now Anguillian music can be played all over the Caribbean and hopefully soon all over the world.
Aside from music, you're also a businesswoman and serve as one of the creative directors for StaReM Promotions. You're behind some major events including the first ever Anguilla Music Awards and Pump Yuh Flag. Tell us more about that endeavor and how you balance life as an artist and as a director.
Hmm, managing my life as an artist and a director is not an easy task. I have to separate myself from the spotlight at times. In regards to Pump Yuh Flag, some people would ask why I didn't put myself on the lineup. However, business production is a serious business, and I prefer not to showcase myself at events.
I love a challenge, and I love advancing anything to do with music, and so I have given myself this task to create new events in Anguilla to aid in the development and establishment of music and local artists.
What's the biggest lesson you've learned in your career so far that you can share with those interested in entertainment?
Specifically, an individual’s willingness to entertain is through their own desire and passion. If you have a desire, passion, or dream, I urge you to pursue your goals because you never know the outcome. Never give up. We define and give taste to the art form, which in time helps us to develop as artists and give back to our island.