IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
PG: I was born and raised in New York City, and moved to San Antonio, Texas about 21 years ago come this June.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
PG: I have been singing since I was 14 years old. I started in school, singing in chorus and the school plays. I tried singing in groups with my friends but nothing serious happened while in New York. I pursued music professionally at age 25 when I moved to San Antonio, and I began singing everywhere I could. I sang background for many artists and played in bands of all genres, including pop, rock, reggae, r&b, hip hop and soul. I also play drums and piano, and I write music and lyrics.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
PG: Recording and releasing my own music has been a dream of mine for a very long time. The first time I sang for my grandmother, I was 14 years old. I sang Barbra Streisand’s “Evergreen” for her; in the middle of the song, she held her hand up, signaling for me to stop, with tears streaming down her face. I felt horrible for making her cry, but she said they were tears of joy. She said God gave me a gift that must not be wasted. She made me promise that I must do something with my voice, and I promised. That promise drives me right up to this day. This album is all part of it. She passed away 30 years ago but she is still pushing me to share my gift with the masses.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
PG: My songs are about my life, and they are intensely personal. I discovered that I can’t write about things I don’t know about, so I draw from what I’ve experienced in life, love, relationships, death, abuse, etc. It will definitely be felt by the people who have been through a few things such as I have, but there’s a lesson in every story that I try to tell.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
PG: People ages 21-55.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:Who are your musical influences?
PG: I have so many, Aaliyah, Stevie Wonder, Jody Watley, Beyonce, Amerie. Those are my biggest inspirations for writing and singing.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
PG: It’s 90’s style r&b with a dash of hip hop flavor, and some rock infusion thrown in there. It’s very grown up, a bit edgy, a bit sexy, all sincere.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
PG: I would say my originality is what makes you notice me first when you listen to my music. I don’t really sound like anyone else and I’m not trying to. I want to be true to myself and I feel like that is something that’s lacking out there nowadays.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
PG: We are just about done mixing my very first album, which will be called “Alemaadelic,” and we hope to release it on April 25th. We are also going to begin shooting my 1st music video very soon; we’ve already begun working on staging, choreography, locations, etc.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
PG: My career goal is to make a comfortable living off of my music. I love to travel and it would be great to see the world and sing while I do it. That would be a dream come true. In 10 years, I will be up in age, so I don’t know if I’ll be as active as I am right now. If I am, I’ll continue to keep going!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
PG: I can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Myspace, Pinterest, and Reverb Nation. I am working on my web site, which should be up soon!
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