Hailing from Canada, Deresa Simmonds has the beauty, talent, and work ethic needed to break into the music scene. Deresa has the voice and instincts needed to transcend internationally.There’s an earthiness to her music that separates her from the pack. The rising star is making waves and we can’t wait to see what she does next.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

DERESA SIMMONDS: I am Deresa Simmonds a 28 year old music artist from Canada, Dartmouth, NS, who sings R&B soul music. As of now my main goal is  promoting my music. I am fresh talent on the come up, several times a week I go to the studio to work on something original. I write music: sing, rap, and put most of my time, and effort into doing so. My mission is to get a record deal and make it big. I love to create music that comes from the heart as well as something fun. Right now I am working on developing as an artist and I am making progress. I’ve completed my first album called, “THE GROWTH PERIOD”. With my music I hope to reach out to people, connecting with fans, and building a strong fan base is essential. I hope to touch as many as I can with my voice. My music is a reflection of myself, my experience, and who I am as a person. Music has always been my passion. I enjoy entertaining an audience; at times I also like to make fun club music on a fast up-tempo beat that people can bounce to.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you say your music background is?

DERESA SIMMONDS: Well I come from a musical family. My dad plays guitar music mostly, Jimi Hendricks. My mother would sing Whitney Houston, Tamia all the time around the house, and my youngest brother who is older than me of course would create songs with me. He would rap and I would sing and rap. We had a lot of fun creating original stuff. My oldest brother and sister would play music from on BET and watch music videos everyday with the music blasting.

My family loves partying. My cousins, aunts, and uncles would always have house parties and play Dance Hall music, Reggae, R&B, Soul, Rap, Old School Jams, and Slow Jams and so on. This is all the music that became a part of me. Music was always around me. You can say my family plays a big part in it. I love to listen to all varieties of music since it helps me grow as an artist and gets me in the mood to start writing. Music has always been something that interests me. I have music in my soul. I live music, I breath music. With every breath I take I get blown away, and go off into another world where I can express myself and see the world for what it is. I see myself, where I am going, where I want to go, where I am now, and how I am going to get to my destination and voice my perspective.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?

DERESA SIMMONDS: Music is my heart and soul and there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for it. I would do everything it takes to get my music on top and heard. It’s what I love to do and not a moment goes by without me thinking about it. It is always in the back of my mind and my number one priority is to pursue it. I want people to know more about me who I am as a person and know that I am a person who has went through a lot, I have many flaws and I made many mistakes like any normal person out there I messed up a couple times. I am still trying to correct my mistakes, and every day I am growing learning more and more and going through new experiences. I just want to let you know that when you listen to my music you can change your situation if you listened to my mistakes. My mistakes don’t make me a bad person it makes me become a better person for better and sometimes for worse. All in all we do find a way to get through it. I don’t have all the answers, but I am still trying every day to get things right.  I sing and rap about it, and I do what I love.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

DERESA SIMMONDS: My music is about a lot of stuff. I write about past experiences that I went through in life and as I write, I grow. I feel, you feel, we all feel when we hear the music. What I am trying to do is encourage growth and development from the vibe of my music. I just want to help people and be that voice for those who don’t have a voice. I want others to learn from my mistakes and their mistakes. If you’re asking the question should I do this or should I do that? If you are unsure on whether it’s a good idea to do something and you’re having: family problems, boy problems, jealousy issues, being in love, out of love, being hurt, unfaithful, faithful, acting dumb, feeling cocky, having parties, or just embracing the power of female presence, I am here for you. Whether you’re handling the haters and see how they don’t want the best for you, just keep your head up and keep it moving, haters are going to hate. If you’re lacking confidence etc. listen to my music it will give you a boost. Throw my music on and listen to the lyrics you’ll figure it out. I’m not saying I have all the answers, but the issues are up there for you to decide. So let me give you some inspiration.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?

DERESA SIMMONDS: My fan base is directed towards ages 15-80. It’s pretty much there for anyone who wants to listen to it. I talk about being in love with this guy who I felt meant the world to me. I informed you of how we met and he swept me off my feet in the song off of my album The Growth Period called “In Love.” I feel we all have had someone in our lives that we have fallen head over heels for.

On another track I talked about a relationship with my family and how I struggled with them. I also talked about a girlfriend that turned out to be jealous and was deceiving me, I later found out she was not much of a friend at all and talked about me behind my back in the song “Stone Cold.” It just goes to show how your friends can become your enemies and we all have those so we know what it’s about.

I think people can relate to my party song “Like What Ya See.” We have all had a time when we met a guy for the first time at a party and all you wanted to do was impress him and dance all night long. That’s what this track talks about. It is sexy and this song is saying if you like what you see come and get it.

Another song I wrote is called Go Hard. It’s just a really confident song that is saying to other music artist out there to separate your style from anyone else. I’m the terminator so hate me haters go hard, it is a message.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you say your musical influence is?

DERESA SIMMONDS: I grew up listening to Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce Knowles, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, DMX. Then later Jennifer Hudson, Jazmine Sullivan, Lady Gaga, Drake, Rhianna, and Justin Bieber. I am strongly influenced by them and their music, work ethic. Some of these artists have been in the music industry for a very long time and are still doing very well. They are masters, creative, unique, intellectual and all have their own style. I can easily say they all are something to look up to and learn from.

Even the artists at present are making a good impression in the music industry and leave people like me speechless. So I respect them, there music, there lyrics and what they are trying do and say through their music to make a world a better place. These people are changing lives and that’s what I want to do with my music. These artists really give me the energy and confidence I need to become successful in the music world. When listening to them they make it easier for me to be me, and say that it’s OK for me to express all these experiences and feelings inside of me that I need to get out.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?

DERESA SIMMONDS: I would say it really is something to listen to. It is carefully thought out as I write the lyrics it represents me and issues I went through in life, past, present, and what I would like to be in the future as I hope for change on a new level. It is unique and full of flow and truth. I keep my music close to my heart and I only hope that you can keep it close to you. Writing is the only thing I know and I think that’s what my fans like about it I don’t do it like anyone else which makes my sound so different.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?

DERESA SIMMONDS: I have a distinct voice, my flow; my style the way I word things and say things is unique. I am original and there’s no one like me. My music makes people move on all levels when they hear it they can’t stop listening.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

DERESA SIMMONDS: I am currently working on another album which at the moment is unnamed I have been writing more and more every day creating new songs to get my fans attention. I will keep you updated on when it is finished.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

DERESA SIMMONDS: My goal is to become a successful music artist and work in the music industry become an inspired singer, song writer, rapper. What I want to do is become a producer, open up a record label, create beats and record other artists’ talents and passions. I want to help make people’s dreams a reality. I have always wanted to have my own dance studio for adults and children who want to learn different dance styles such as ballet, hip hop, and tap. At some point I would like to star in TV shows and do a bit of acting.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

DERESA SIMMONDS: I can be contacted through my Fan page, Facebook.com/deresassimmonds/ and reverbnation.com/deresasimmonds. I would like to think the fans for listening and for making my dream a possibility. And a big thank you goes out to industry all access for taking interest in me and wanting to get to know me. Thank you for the interview and giving helpful information that you have helped me understand.