Is it higher to take like to be ‘taken’ by it? Rising R&B/soul singer Chrissy solutions this query on ‘Taken,’ and he or she tells HL EXCLUSIVELY about how her ‘story’ performs all through her debut album.
Hailing from the Inland Empire, Chrissy is a queen within the making, and he or she’s about to beat your coronary heart together with her debut album, Taken. Launched in October, the 15-song venture blends fashionable bed room R&B manufacturing with the slow-jam vocal ballads of the ‘90s, making a sound that’s the most effective of each worlds – and completely chill. Taken is a half-lidded, euphoric vibe from begin to end, simply what one experiences when falling in love. To assist Chrissy in capturing this sensation are a handful of producers (T Black, Chaz X) and singers, like J-Boog of B2K, Marques Houston, and Immanuel Wealthy.
“Even with the story behind the album’s title, I’ve had love ‘taken’ from me, however now I’m fortunately ‘taken’ by the love of my life,” Chrissy tells HollywoodLife in an EXCLUSIVE interview. Chrissy’s story started in Upland, California. Because the daughter of producer/screenwriter/director/music producer Chris Stokes, Chrissy grew up surrounded by the leisure business. At age 11, she landed her first paying performing gig on Southland. You can too see her on the upcoming Urbanflix collection, Howard Excessive.
“I really like expressing my abilities and character by my artistry and performing,” Chrissy tells HollywoodLife. Through the EXCLUSIVE interview, she additionally shares how motherhood has impressed among the music on Taken, a very powerful piece of recommendation her father ever gave her, and extra.
HollywoodLife: What impressed you to christen your album Taken?
Chrissy: Taken was impressed by what I’ve skilled with love from my previous and current. However primarily, the album was impressed by my great husband and the love I’ve for him. Even with the story behind the album’s title, I’ve had love “taken” from me, however now I’m fortunately “taken” by the love of my life. (laughs)
You have been born in Upland, California, and grew up round Hollywood. Would you say there’s any “Upland” – as in, a sure vibe/temper/perspective – in your music?
Sure, I most undoubtedly really feel like I’ve a combination of The Inland Empire (IE) and Los Angeles infused into the particular person I’ve change into outdoors of my artistry.
Your debut single was referred to as “Calm down,” which is ideal as a result of it appears one of the simplest ways to explain your total sound is “chill.” And after this 12 months, it appears that evidently everybody’s able to de-stress and loosen up for a bit. Have followers been connecting along with your vibe?
Sure, and I really feel extremely blessed to have supporters who genuinely help my profession as an artist & actress. And I’m positive I’ve trolls someplace on social media, nevertheless it’s all about offering nice artwork for individuals who take pleasure in it.
I learn that you simply weren’t that outgoing in highschool. As a fellow introvert, I spent most of my free time in highschool, chilling out in my room and listening to music. How did you normally spend your time rising up?
Consider it or not, I had a typical highschool expertise and was very centered on staying an honor roll pupil. Throughout lunch, I used to be to myself writing music for the studio after college. It actually wasn’t till my senior 12 months I began to make buddies.
You’ve mentioned that your husband conjures up a lot of your ‘lovey-dovey’ songs on Taken? Does he have a favourite track on this album?
Sure, the entire love songs on the album are him, my sugarplum (laughs). His absolute favourite from the album is “All the time Love You.”
You’re the daughter of Chris Stokes. As fathers typically give recommendation, is there a bit of steerage that has been extremely useful to you?
‘Don’t surrender, daughter. You are able to do no matter you place your thoughts to, and simply because one particular person says no, it’s not the top of your journey.’ That’s essentially the most unimaginable recommendation that my father has given me.
However, was there a second that you simply didn’t seek the advice of his recommendation however now want that you simply did?
Nope, I at all times seek the advice of my father for every part since he needs solely the most effective for me. Plus, he’s too sensible for me to not hearken to him. (laughs)
Your son simply turned one 12 months previous. Has motherhood influenced your songwriting? Or is “mother Chrissy” utterly separate from “singer Chrissy?”
That’s an awesome query! I really feel like mother Chrissy makes her means into the scene, particularly whereas writing “All the time Love You.” My son was the inspiration with that report, and I wished to specific how I’ll at all times love my boy. I thank God I get to get up and see my child boy every single day.
You’ve landed a couple of performing credit, together with Southland and Howard Excessive. Is that also a profession you’d be eager about pursuing, or is it 100% music proper now?
50 / 50, to be sincere, as a result of I really like expressing my abilities and character by my artistry and performing.
Taken is out now.