Most people don’t know that you actually sang in the movie. Was that Faith’s decision or something you suggested?
That was just because I could sing. They were auditioning people who would’ve had to lip sing and I got it and they knew I could sing, so it was kind of a no brainer. And it was so weird because back in that day, I would be in my bedroom practicing Faith’s eerie tone because one of the things that separated her from everybody else vocally was that tone. I practiced it in my bedroom as a teenager, so when I was able to audition, I was like “Man, I’ve done this.”
Do you guys keep in touch at all?
We’re friends. She’s amazing. Actually, she had a show Grammy week at the House of Blues and she was out of this world. She’s given me advice.
“Hold Up Wait a Minute” has a loud and soulful sound. Is that reflective of the rest of your upcoming music?
The EP is definitely going to be like soul. I like to call my sound as soul with a hip hop appeal to it. Whitney was my first inspiration. She’s my hometown hero–we’re both from East Orange, NJ. I wanted to sound like her. I taught myself to sing by listening to Whitney. Selena, Mariah; those are the people who shaped my voice. I was listening to Mary, but I was too young. That My Life album- oh, my God. Still to this day—oh, my God. Between that, Biggie, Jay Z–those things together– that’s me; that’s the stuff that I love. . With “Hold up Wait a Minute,” it has hip hop appeal to it, but we’re going to go a little bit more soul. “Seeing You Again” is more classic soul.