Brenda Pearl is a rising artist from Cleveland, Ohio. She has a unique style and a collected sound. Listen to the vibrations of her flow and the passion in her music. She’s a lyricist, every word written tells the journey of her footsteps, from heartbreak to love, from rejection to self-acceptance, from insecure to confident, from defeated to triumph, from mental captivity to mental freedom. In it all she survives! Follow her on her journey!
Lisa: Hi Brenda! Growing up, how important was music in your life? Can you
recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
Brenda: Growing up music was and still is important in my life. I remember when I was a little girl playing dress up in my mother’s pearls and heels, I would get a hair brush and pretend I was at my own concert singing and dancing. The desire for music just came naturally for me. The moment I knew for sure I wanted to be a musician was when I started singing in church at seven years old. I loved having a mic in my hand and singing to an audience. I knew that was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Singing and performing is a passion of mine, it was not a difficult choice to make.
Lisa: How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Brenda: My music is very rare to me. I definitely feel as if I would bring a new sound to this generation of music. Although it is not entirely new, my music is a combination of soul, jazz, hip hop, r&b, rock, blues, folk, afrobeat, and a bit of reggae! I have a versatile sound. I typically like to switch things up. My music is very passionate and vibrant. Sometimes it can even be hardcore and raw. When you listen to it, you feel it deeply. Every sound, word, and the tone of my music will get you thinking and possibly researching a word or phrase you may have never heard before. My lyrics are straightforward with a witty twist. On top of that you will want to dance, laugh, cry, and I hope passionately feel deep within yourself and for others. My music is eccentric!
Lisa: What is your creative process like?
Brenda: I could be driving, walking, running, or just waking up and something grasps my attention and I will instantly start singing or humming a melody. It literally comes out of nowhere. That melody will turn into words and all of sudden I’m frantically trying to write it down or record it on a voice memo so I wont forget it. I don’t write out the entire song right then and there, I usually come back to it at a later time. I still have melodies I need to go back to, to create a whole song. When I am not creating my own music and I am in the studio vibing off of someone else instrumental, however the beat flows I’m able to create lyrics from the rhythm of that beat. Nothing is out of the ordinary either, I can write an entire song about how much I love strawberries and the entire time listening to that song someone could believe I’m sincerely talking about another person.
Lisa: I really loved your song “So In Love”. Can you tell me more about it? What inspired you to write it?
Brenda: So in Love is about meeting someone and instantly having a deep connection with them or a lover that you’ve always known and ran into them again at a coffee shop or maybe even on social media. The connection is almost like you’ve known them in another life. Every encounter with this individual is genuine and you’re so comfortable with them that you can be yourself. A kundalini rise transpires when the two of you become sexaully intimate. There is a sensation that is felt down your spine. It’s a powerful love spell that captures the both of you and binds you as soul allies of life. So in love is speaking of that powerful moment of the kundalini lovers who could be twin flames or soul mates. What inspired me to write this song was my own personal experience.
Lisa: What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
Brenda: I haven’t had too many surprises just yet. I’m hoping for extraordinary surprises throughout my music career. I am however surprised that there are people who enjoy my style of music. I am starting to get people’s attention so that’s a win. For now, it’s just been more challenging. I’ve been making alot of personal and financial investments, expectedly and unexpectedly. I’m hoping my hard work will pay me back one day. It’s definitely a lot of time and dedication that goes into a music career that I am learning on this journey. And, like most people say it’s not what you know it’s who you know and at the moment I don’t know anyone that can take me to the next level. At this point it’s just me and some friends of mine working our way through the music industry. My biggest challenge is getting the right people to know who I am and that I am bringing something valuable to the table.
Lisa: If you could choose to work with some of today’s established artists or producers, to move your game to the top, with whom would you like to collaborate?
Brenda: There are so many people I would love to collaborate with. I really cannot name all of them but if I had the opportunity to work with Sade, Yuna, Stephan or Damian Marley, Nicki Minaj, Rapsody, Chika, Bby Mutha, Jhene Akio, Sza, Summer Walker, Billie Eilish, H.E.R, Childish Gambino, Kodak Black, Roddy Rich, or J Cole I would love for a collaboration with them, whether it’s a feature or to write a song or simply to be apart of their creative process. There are so many more I would collaborate with I just can’t name all of them. I will say SADE is definitely at the top of my list!! If I were to work with a producer or a creative director I would love to work with Rico Love, Dj Khaled, Teyanna Taylor, Kid Culture, or Baby Keem.
Lisa: What is one message you would give to your fans?
Brenda: Self-love is the highest frequency you can vibrate in. When you love yourself you treat people better. You do not see people as opponents, enemies, or less than you when you truly love yourself.
Lisa: At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
Brenda: I want people to see the rarity and feel the passion in my music. I want people to dig deep within themselves and be open to the variety of sounds, melodies, words, colors, and art this world has to offer. My music is not boxed in, therefore I want people to be and think outside of the box, at the end of the day.
Lisa: If you had an unlimited budget and your schedule was free, what would your dream music video look like?
Brenda: I would travel to a country in Africa (not sure where as of yet) and do a music video there. It would be a monumental moment for me as I will be walking on the soil of the motherland. The music would be moderately uptempo with a vibrant sound. So, the video would have to reflect that. I would love to be surrounded by the people dancing and walking around. Day would turn into night. The elders in the video would have a scene welcoming me home and letting me know there is a place there for me.
Lisa: What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Brenda: Never change for the world it must adjust for you!
Lisa: What are some newer projects that you are currently working on?
Brenda: I’m still working on new music and collaborating with local artists in Cleveland, Oh. I’m hoping to finish my EP and possibly have that come out sometime in 2021. I started an online artist development course with AtlA Artist Academy Online. I really want to work on developing myself as an artist all the way around.
Lisa: What’s next for you?
Brenda: Besides music, I’m traveling down the road of politics. You never know in 25 years I could run for Mayor. The sky is not the limit.