Step right up and meet a South Florida creative! First in what I hope to be a series highlighting local talent is Tamika J, a singer/songwriter of Haitian descent. She’s performed at popular venues such as The Stage Miami, PAX, Grand Central, Hard Rock’s Piano Bar. Her first EP titled “Acoustically Speaking Vol.1” is available on iTunes and Bandcamp.
In her words, “Music has always been a place of peace, healing and joy. I want my songs to motivate people to make a change for themselves and strengthen them.”
How did you start singing?
Music has always been a passion of mine, and I started singing at a very young age. I remember singing randomly around the house, writing songs… I fell in love with it! I realized that music was my purpose. Writing songs helped me find my voice, my “distinct” sound. Singing takes me to a place of peace and joy.
Are there any musicians who’ve influenced you?
I love all kinds of music from Jazz, Neo-Soul, Rock, Electronica, Hip-Hop and so much more! I love Jill Scott, Linkin Park, Sia, Sade, Anita Baker, Phil Collins, Seal, Babyface, Toni Braxton, Erykah Badu, Sarah Vaughan. I can go on and on with this!! So many of these artists have influenced me to be better. I look up to all of them and hopefully, one day I will be able to share the stage with them.
Do you write all of your own lyrics?
Of course! I still remember my first song, “Boy You Give Me Love & Affection”!
Of your songs, do you have a favorite and why?
All of my songs are my babies! But I will say there are certain songs that stay on repeat such as “I wanna”, “Role Play”, “Remember Me”, and “Queendom” which are available on Bandcamp and Reverbnation.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
Life, simply put! I’m inspired by everything I go through negative or positive. I put all my life experiences on paper and sing my heart out!
Who are some of your favorite local artists?
My favorite bands in Miami are Locos Por Juana, Electric Kif, The Politix, Jahfe just to name a few. Some of my favorite local artists are Sheena O. Murray, Jai Rose, Diane Andrieux, Lavie, Nia Devine. I love supporting good ART!
What upcoming performances do you have scheduled?
You can find all of my show dates on tamikajmusic.com
Lasty, tell me about the “Queendom” movement and how that came about.
Queendom is about “Uniting women of all races and allowing each woman to be transparent without any judgement and forming strong relationships in their community”.
I wanted to do something solely for women, to empower and remind them that they are worth it. It’s a beautiful thing when you realize that you are a queen. Women go through so much daily and I wanted this movement to lift up every broken woman out there!
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