Feel the 'Rush' with Anna Mariah Image

by Biko Kennedy

From her vocal delivery to her artistic point of view, everything about Anna Mariah screams "I'm here to carve my place in our musical history and there's no turning back!"

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?  
AM: I would define a musical genius as someone who is a trendsetter, someone who doesn’t join lines, but creates their own lane. Creating a new sound that people will have no choice but to gravitate to. 

JAmusic: Some of the most genius artistes have thrived when taking chances and innovating. How important/present is that on the soundscape today; from what you've seen and that might have help in composing your singles?  

AM: Let me tell you something, NEW, IS ALWAYS GOOD. People fail to realize that if you are doing what everyone else is doing, then you will be just like everyone else. That is bad for a creative person, as businesses, sponsors, and persons on a whole are always open to new, fresh ideas to listen, look at and enjoy. So innovation is vital in this field. 

JAmusic:How do you think a single such as  ‘Rush’ and ‘One Psalms’ has impacted your growing fan base as well as attracted new listeners? 

AM: 'Rush' is a Paula Abdul cover, so I am sure many of her fans were quite happy when this song was released fused with a fresh new beat made by Taddy P. 'One Psalms' is a collab with Mr Beenie Man, so of course that opens a lane to his fans as well. So I would like to think both songs have impacted my growing fan base positively. 


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?  

AM: So far, the biggest risk I took was deciding to perform a Michael Jackson song in the Digicel Rising Star's Season last year. I was advised against it from left to right. Some said it would not showcase my voice enough, others said it is just not a song that speaks "ME" along with a host of other reasons not to. I however insisted on this song, and had with me my dancers as we all wore zombie outfits. My stylist, Shamar Bruce was responsible for not only styling, but choreographing this piece which turned out to be one of the best performances in Rising Stars history. So I would advise anyone, take risks, out yourself out there, it is what separates you from the others. 

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

AM: There are two artistes that just keep going harder and harder as if there is no tomorrow and I have a huge admiration for them. They are Dexta Daps, and Beyonce. Weird mix huh? 

 Well, these two artistes inspire me to be the best version of myself and to never stop, keep innovating and they have mastered the art of making people want more. Because no matter what they do, and how amazing it turned out, just know that the next time you hear them, it will be even bigger and better, and THAT is amazing!! #Goals 

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?  

AM: I have been seeing my name in lights since I was a little girl, seeing myself on a big stage, lights everywhere, fans screaming, singing along to every word MY GOD!!! #amazing. That must be heaven, so I am working hard to ensure I live to see this all happen, make my mark, leave my legacy, before I depart. Hence my team and I, (360 Artists) keep working, pushing, making every opportunity count because we have a goal-watch us do it. 



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? 

AM: "If You Wanna Make The World 
A Better Place, 
Take A Look At Yourself, 

And Then Make A Change" 


Michael Jackson's hit 'Man in the Mirror' is so honest and deep. It speaks directly to the soul and it is to this date, one of my favourite songs of all time because of the purity of the message.  


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?  

AM: I am also a young person who listens to music so I can speak from that place. For me, it is the difference, that person who comes with an extra punch, and is consistent, is definitely the one to keep my attention. Interesting is always good.

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

AM: When someone signs up for a job, they are made aware of all the risks that come with it. If you are a soldier, you know you may be damaged or even die at war, a construction worker may be hurt, just as a singer, will definitely be in the line of fire just as easily as he/she is praised. This just comes with the territory and it is up to the artiste to decide what they will do with the negativity. I use it to drive myself, I use it to push harder so I can defy all they say and be everything I set out to be. This is what I would advise us all to do. 

JAmusic: What kind of future plans have you set for yourself as an artiste (to accomplish and maintain)? 

AM: I am working hard to become one of the top female artistes from Jamaica. I would love to represent Jamaica on a global stage. Showing no matter where you are from, your colour, gender, you can become anyone you want to become. 

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? 

AM: Music is one of the most powerful things on this planet, some persons can be having a bad day, and simply turn their favourite song on, and in comes the sunshine. Music has the ability to heal people, make them believe, give strength, making people confident in their own skin. That is what my music represents, it is all about being happy, knowing we all have one life to live which mean we must live it to the absolute fullest!!  

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

AM: My purpose is to inspire, give the extra push people need to get on with their day. Some music nowadays are degrading to women, and its perceived that women can only be sex symbols, but I am here to remind us all that we can do and be anything we set our minds to. So through my music, especially womenwill feel empowered.  

My message is simple, LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH, SHARE

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