IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Where are you from?
EBONY ONASSIS: I’m what you’ll call a Jersey girl. I’m from the same state as Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, and Lauryn Hill- New Jersey. I currently live in a small city know as Elizabeth where I was born and raised. I lived throughout other cities in NJ, but Elizabeth aka “EastWick” is home!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your musical background?
EBONY ONASSIS: My musical background consist of R&B & Pop music. There is an extreme ruggedness to my music. I have the ability to make any song my own. R&B is my “bread and butter” but Eb can do it all. From country, pop, rock, hip-hop, to neo soul.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
EBONY ONASSIS: Truthfully all my song are based on self experienced states that I’ve been through in my life. I can write about the devastation that I’ve over came to my turnt up nights on the town. As people I do feel we all go through some of the same things at one point or another, just involving different people. I like to make my songs relatable.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are my favorite song to perform and why?
EBONY ONASSIS: I have two favorite songs that I just love to perform. I love to perform these two songs because they have the crowd going “ahhhhh” and turning up. My first song choice is a self-written single entitled “Pillow Talk!” This song is so girl power. My slick talk and turnt up attitude gets the people going. Every time the beat plays, my people get excited cause they know it’s about to be a movie. In others words “a night to remember.” I’m able to let my hair down and just get all into it. Whether it’s standing on tables, running through the crowds, or popping confetti launchers the turn up gets real! My second song choice will be yet another self-written piece entitled “Why We Can’t Fly?” This song takes me back to the essence of singing. This is a more uplifting piece. I can just close my eyes and deliver. I honestly feel this song is what you’d call a timeless record. No matter the day and age this song is always relevant. It inspires people of all race to unite and support one another. My cadence and delivery draws a picture in the ear of the listener. “Why We Can’t Fly” is a song that can be heard at various occasions such as graduations, church services, even a funeral repast. I had the honor to sing this song on New Year’s Eve to my church family at New Zion Liberty Baptist Church. The energy in the room moved my spirits, and I ended this piece in tears and in prayer!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?
EBONY ONASSIS: My greatest surprise is the people’s reaction. I let people hear song the songs I’ve created on my own. Songs that I’ve written, concepts that I’ve came up with. Honestly I’m always nervous because you don’t know if everyone or anyone will understand and enjoy your vision. When people take the time out to learn the words or leave encouraging feedback it surprises me everytime.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
EBONY ONASSIS: My musical influence would have to be Whitney Houston. She gives me hope in knowing that she is from the streets as myself and was loved world wide. She followed her dreams and gift of song that changed the lives of many hopefuls like myself. It’s so unfortunate that she left us so soon, but I do feel she served her purpose here on earth. Honestly I want to leave knowing I shared my gift with the world and served my purpose, which is singing! That angelic voice of hers is chill wrenching. From the moment she opened her mouth, she grasp an undivided attention. I do feel that I am blessed with the same gift. I have the gift to make people want to listen.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
EBONY ONASSIS: My music is what I call excitedly unpredictable. I say that because I try to be as diverse as possible when writing songs. You truly can’t predict what I’ll come up with, but you’ll be excited to hear the final product.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artist?
EBONY ONASSIS: My delivery and cadence will separate me in all. The fact that I can really sing, I’m goofy, “tomboyish” at times, and not shy. I’m able to bring that in my music. I feel I can choice which route I want to go. I can dance, act, do voice overs, am extremely attractive, and not to mention I’m naturally funny. I’m not the “knock knock funny” or the stand up funny. It’s a natural thing, and the people just love Eb!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see change in today music industry?
EBONY ONASSIS: I would like to hear real music, music with a purpose. Of course everybody always wants to turn up, so the party music is always popping. What about the people who’s at the end of their rope? Those people who don’t feel like partying, or even smiling because the hearts are torn and the feelings are hurt. Where is the inspirational music for those people? The music to let them know you’re not alone. You can over come this. Keep your faith alive. We need more messages and less dance moves. Understand me when I tell you I’m no church mouse. I party, have tattoos, and piercings. I’m very comfortable in the skin that I’m in. I’ve been through some things that I can sing to, over an ill hop-hop beat, and still have the people going hard and dancing to.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects your are working on?
EBONY ONASSIS: Currently I’m collecting my thoughts and turning them into songs. I’m spending a lot of time in the studio, recording finished material that I have thus far. I’m building my craft. I’m performing at local shows and making appearance on live stream radio stations. I’m just placing myself in situations to be exposed.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
EBONY ONASSIS: I honestly just want to make it. I want to be able to say I did everything needed to live my desired lifestyle. My career goals are to be a household name. I want to be able to take care of people who took care of me. Feed who I starved with and fly with whom I walked with. I want to inspire young girls and women. I also want to be the lady that the fellas are in love with. My career goals are to touch stages of places I never knew existed. I want to give back to my community by building an organization to help the less fortunate. 10 years from today, I want to be on your TV screen. I want to be living comfortably with a career that is on the rise. A career that doesn’t keep me in the box. I’m not looking to just being a singer, simply because I’m more than that. I want to appear in movies, talk shows, commercials, cartoon voice-overs, reality TV, and so much more. 10 years from now I want to an entrepreneur. Thus far I’ve been living someone else’s dream. Everyday I punched that clock, I making someone else dream a reality. Truthfully I’m over it!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
EBONY ONASSIS: Most of my fans reach me on my Facebook page. I do have CDs pressed up that my fans are familiar with. I do have music on sites such as ReverbNation, Soundcloud, and YouTube. My manager’s booking information is listed on my Facebook FanPage, where my fans will contact him, to book me for an event!
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