IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
QUEEN SOSA: I was born in Philadelphia and raised in both Chester and Philadelphia PA so I claim both cities because they both contributed to the woman I’ve become. To represent one and not the other would be watering myself down in a sense. So I say both, and please don’t make me choose.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
QUEEN SOSA: Music has always flowed through my veins, when I was younger I loved the sound of the piano and after hearing me bang on it one time too many one of the deaconess in my church offered me piano lessons and as I started to hum along she said your voice is very soft but pretty, it’s angelic. After that you couldn’t tell me anything I sang to whomever would listen, whenever, and through singing I developed the urge to start singing about my own battles and things that I was going through, so I started writing and that’s when my love for rap blossomed.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
QUEEN SOSA: My songs are about life, period. People get so caught up in trying to be perfect but we are not. We’re all human and we all go through things, there’s constant ups and downs. I rap about the woman who looks good and loves to have a good time with her friends, the woman who was abused by her boyfriend, the woman who was abandoned by her father, the woman who has only dealt with street men and has had to hold them down through the penal system, the woman who has worked her way up the corporate latter and is independent, real people.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?
QUEEN SOSA: Birthday, simply because it’s fun and when people see you perform they want to enjoy themselves. When you deal with the everyday struggles of life you kind of go see a show to use it as an escape and to take away from your stress, so if I can make them feel good about themselves and dance a little bit for three and a half minutes then I’ve done my job.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?
QUEEN SOSA: How influential you are, even when that’s not your intention! You’re constantly under a microscope and regardless of the scrutiny you may receive there is always an abundance of people who come up to me like “You don’t know how much this song meant to me”, or “girl that’s my motivational song”, or I’ve even had a guy listen to the song I wrote about my father and say to me it was a wakeup call for him that he needed to be a better father to his daughter because he didn’t want her to grow up and have the same resentment that I’ve had towards mine. That was the biggest compliment I could ever receive, and people have been so forthcoming and so accepting of me, and it has pushed me even harder.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
QUEEN SOSA: It ranges from Tupac to Jay Z, Anita Baker and Beyonce, Patti Labelle, Coldplay, to Duffy, John Legend and Prince. All of these artists are very different and I can say I’ve taken something from each one of them into my own career. Some have the raw talent, some have the level of performance I want to be at, some have the relatability, some have the work ethic, some just touch your soul and some have all of the above, which is the kind of artist I am striving to be.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
QUEEN SOSA: My music is motivational music. No genre, no box, I am not that artist that will make slit your wrist music, I am that artist that says yes we’ve been through some things, but we are better than this, we can get past this, and I’m going to motivate you, period. After listening to my music no one else will have to put you on a pedestal and treat you like gold because you’ll do that for yourself.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
QUEEN SOSA: My rawness, I am not thinking about what is politically correct, what stereotype I fit, what the “in” thing to do is. I am going to make music about how I feel at that moment in time and music I feel you can relate to, I’m not putting together some formula and saying nice beat plus this equals a hit. Don’t get me wrong, that works, but the biggest hits of our careers have been the ones people can relate to, the songs that made you say, “Hey, that’s me too!”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
QUEEN SOSA: I want to see the individuality again. I see too many copycats and too many people emulating one another. I know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I believe there are enough people in this world and enough diversity for everyone to have their own lane and create a fan base off of it, I don’t think that as artists we should short change our fans by giving them a bunch of artists who all sound alike. There was a time when you went to LL (Cool J) because he was going to give you that hard LL record unlike anyone else, you went to Pac because he was going to enlighten you like nobody else and you went to Biggie cause he was going to have you party like nobody else, and that is when music was genuine.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
QUEEN SOSA: I am currently working on my EP, which is yet to be titled. But it will be an embodiment of me and who I think my fans are and the movement I believe in, which is young kings and queens, I firmly believe if we start telling our youth that they are better than the things they’ve been doing, they’ll start to believe it and act as such. I want a fan base of Royalty and my EP will reflect that.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
QUEEN SOSA: My career goals are to live to my fullest potential. No, I do not want to be looked at as a jack of all trades master of none which is what people tend to think when people say they do music and act, etc. However, God did give me multiple talents and I would be doing myself a disservice if I didn’t pursue them all. So in 10 years I will be an accomplished entertainer. Movies, Billboard hits, National Ad Campaigns, the world is my stage, and there is no limitation for what I can do.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
QUEEN SOSA: They can access my music on soundcloud.com/sosasreign, I’m on Instagram @sosasreign and @queensosamusic I’m on twitter @1queensosa and my website will be up soon where they can listen to my music, download it and buy merchandise as well.
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