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by Biko Kennedy

It's been a while since female vocalists dominated varied musical soundscapes but with the ever-shifting persona of Reggae and Dancehall, Aisha Davis is determined to change the predictability of the genres by all mean necessary. Slated to perform at the Earth Hour Acoustic Concert on March 29th, we caught up with the bubbly chanteuse speaking on everything  from musical identities to  blurring genres.

JAmusic: Music lovers globally will always be looking for that new, impeccable sound that can be looked upon as leaders of the new wave of vocalists. How would you define a musical genius that can eventually become a vocal leader? 
AD: For me a musical genius is one who has an exceptional ability, a level of creativity with an originality to his/her talent which they approach from an intellectual stand point and deliver with great passion and love.

JAmusic: Some of the most genius artistes have thrived when taking chances and innovating. How important/present is that on the Reggae soundscape today; from what you've seen and that might have help in composing your singles?
AD: I’ve always believed in innovation and thinking outside the box; dare to be different. What’s the point in everyone doing the same things?

JAmusic: How do you think a single such as ‘I Don’t Mind’ will impact your growing fan base as well as attract new listeners? 
AD: It has impacted more than I anticipated. I have had previous and new followers tell me how much they love it (smiling) I think that’s because it’s sexy, provocative and fun. All things that people like.

JAmusic:  Your style seems to be a blend between vocalists like Pam Hall, Alaine and Marcia Griffiths. Is this intentional and are these artistes persons you try to emulate? 

AD: Interesting (laughing hysterically)…I’ve never heard that before. Whilst I have inspirations and am a fan of many great artists including Marcia Griffiths, my style and sound is purely original. The fact that you think I am a blend of these three super talented ladies speaks volumes to my talent. Thank you (smiling)

JAmusic: What's the biggest risk you've taken artistically; one that went over surprisingly well and one that might've gone over people's heads? 

AD: Hmmm…I don’t think I’ve taken it yet 

JAmusic: Who's the artiste that keeps you on your toes? Pushes you to go harder? 

AD: I would say me…but Beyonce and Rihanna at this point. They both go real hard and makes me push myself even more.

JAmusic:  When you got into the music business where did you think you'd be today or where did you see yourself fitting in at the moment? 

AD: Honestly…I thought it would have been much easier than it is and that I would be one of the greats by now.

JAmusic: What's the purpose on your musical journey? What's the message you're trying to give? 

AD: The purpose is to fulfill what I was placed on earth to do. My message is to live your life…love, laugh, be happy and thankful.

JAmusic: What's one song that you hold close to you because of a particular line or better yet what's the most philosophical quote you've heard in a song that you hold close to your heart? 

AD: ’Don’t stop believing’ by Journey and ‘Imagine’ John Lennon. I know you said one but these two represent for me what we all should do. Never stop believing in yourself and to imagine for dreams are formed and do come true/through.

JAmusic: We live in an era where the average person's attention span is limited to what they want to see or hear. What are you doing differently that will hold their attention? 

AD: I am being authentic to who I am and to the music I want to do…the music that reflects me… Keeping it real ME.

JAmusic: With success comes a lot of negative feedback, how do you react or deal with negativity? 

AD: Simple…ignore! Negativity has no place or space in my life.

JAmusic: What insight can you give on the power of music and its ability to communicate certain messages verbally and non-verbally? And what do you think your music represent? 

AD: Music is immensely powerful and transcends borders and language barriers. I have lived it performing in countries where English is not even their second language but for the love of music; my music and others’ they come out in numbers and actually sing the lyrics word for word. If that isn’t proof of the strength and power that music has to communicate without having to speak, I don’t know what is.

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