Miriam Simone determined to make her mark on Reggae's stratosphere Image

by Biko Kennedy

Breathing her thoughts into melodies, Miriam Simone has been patiently awaiting the perfect time to let the world fall in love with her compelling sound and intriguing lyricism. We recently caught up with the songbird to explore her mystical mind.

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?
MS: I would define it as something that has and always will return, vocalist standing up and leave the scene or go more to the background and new vocalist standing up, all beautiful voices but still with a difference which attracts fans.

JAmusic: How do you think a single such as ‘Rivers’ will impact your growing fan base as well as attract new listeners?

MS: I think because it’s a track with a message of universal love and respect, people will naturally gravitate to it.

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?

MS: To be honest, I have not taken a risk, all I did till now is just record tracks I choose, perform what I record and trying to build up my fanbase. There is no need for me to take big risks just yet. Reggae is bringing out the inspirations given by the most high, so I don’t have to act like Lady Gaga to get attention, it’s whatever the Most High have for me I will be content with.

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

MS: There’re a lot of artistes who inspire me. I don’t have a specific one because most artistes I know work incredibly hard to get somewhere so just because of that fact working hard is a normal thing for me also.

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

MS: I think music is a calling; it’s a need, so my purpose is to spread positivity, love and uplifting material ‘cause the world need that now more than ever.

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?

MS: “Dem a go tired fi see mi face cyaan get mi out a di race” - Bob Marley

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?

MS: I’m just gonna keep the roots going. I can switch once in a while doing a song out of the box, but my aim is to keep bringing good quality Roots Reggae music to the fore.

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

MS: I burn negativity, all negativity is not from Jah!

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

MS: I will release my debut album called Mount Zion in autumn, so next to Rivers a few singles will come out and we’re planning a tour about the time the album out.

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? 

MS: Music is like one of the biggest verbal powers, it can influence so much, thats why I represent positivity and upliftment. In this world a lot of negative messages will sell, but I don’t look at that; the ones I reach and appreciate what I do will feel the healing of my music.

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