Solomon Star has a Q & A with 25 year old, Kimberley born star, Lucille Slade. Lucille has a BA Degree in Life Performance and alongside being a singer she is also an actress. The talented singer is under the management of Anathi Afrika and has recently, for the first time had her new music video featured on Trace Afrika. Slade shares her highlights and career dreams with us:
1. When did your singing career start, tell us about your journey?
I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. From Pre-School days which led to singing in choirs and school plays. This sparked an interest to pursue a musical career and after high school I enrolled to study a B.A Degree in Music Performance at AFDA (JHB Campus).
2. Which artist would you say inspired you growing up and currently?
There were a few, such as the likes of the Musical Queen, the late Brenda Fassie and the talented, late TK on the local scene. On the international front, Beyonce and Rihanna are still inspirations to this day.
3. Your upcoming EP is titled ‘Love me slowly’ how did the title come about?
A lot of the songs in the EP are about the kind of person that I am, which requires patience because I am so particular. So with these songs I’m making it known what it takes to love me.
4. As a songwriter, what is your favourite song that you have written?
Writing is an art and every song is a creation, I could never favour one song as they all tell different stories, every song I’ve written is my favourite but each for a different reason.
5. What do you love most about being an artist?
Being able to express myself. As an artist you’re not forced to be perfect, your imperfections are looked at as art.
6. What do you hate most about being an artist, challenges that you have faced in your career?
Hate is such a strong word; I don’t hate anything in this world. There are things I dislike though but even that is not much. The challenge in my career is that it really is such a long journey and everybody expects over-night success stories simply because I am an artist.
7. Do you collaborate with other artist?
Yes I do and I have. I’ve collaborated with Stogie T and BlackLez on their projects.
8. Which musician would you still like to collaborate with and why?
DJ Black Coffee because he has international appeal and produces great music. DJ Maphorisa because of his pulse on the culture – he produces good music too.
9. What advice would you give to someone that wants to follow in your footstep and become a singer?
Have patience, be consistent and keep working on your craft even during the quiet seasons.
10. What was the proudest moment in your career?
Definitely working with Stogie T.
11. Where would you like to see yourself in the next 5- 10 years?
Taking my music to the rest of the world and a few entrepreneurial ventures.
12. What are your hobbies?
Eating, I genuinely find happiness in finding new places to eat at and trying new dishes. Eating is my hobby.