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?
RS: To me, a musical genius is someone who definitely spends time working on their craft and perfect their sound to the point where they create their own lane.
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 single Real Man?
RS: Taking risk is definitely very important especially now where it's hard to say that there is a lot of creativity in music today, I think reggae is a very authentic sound and also something I've never done before so it is a big step for me to even in cooperate it in my music.
JAmusic: How do you think a single such as Real Man has impacted your growing fan base as well as attracted new listeners?
RS: Real Man is a 'feel good' song and I think when people hear it that's the vibe they get and it definitely takes you back to when you wanted to slow grind and it's kind of a twerk era now, so I think Real Man is necessary for everybody (laughs)
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?
RS: Biggest risk I've taken artistically is probably rapping because I definitely didn't see it for myself so I'm sure it shocked a lot of people that I'm actually quite good at it.
JAmusic: Who's the artiste that keeps you on your toes? Pushes you to go harder?
RS: To this day I still listen to a lot of old music and I can't seem to get over how amazing Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill are, so I strive to sing and write as well as they did/do.
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?
RS: Well I honestly thought I'd be singing in a Pub somewhere in England because I just wanted to be a 'working' artist, I really like jazz music and I watch a lot of TV and all the nice jazz singers sang in Pubs so I thought that would be me.
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?
RS: The first two lines in 'On and On' by Erykah Badu ...' Peace and blessings manifest with every lesson learned, if your knowledge were your own then it would be well earned' ...enough said.
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?
RS: I'm well known for switching up my style all the time. Especially my hair and my fashion. Depends on my mood you will see the style to match. I also believe that sometimes its best not to try to grab anyones attention, just let them discover you and become part of your movement. My approach to music by blending the classic with the contemporary and trendy will not only keep me relevant but make me legendary.
JAmusic: With success comes a lot of negative feedback, how do you react or deal with negativity?
RS: I don't necessarily respond to negativity to me anyone with a negative opinion thinks their coming from a place of logic and the best way to react to that is to educate them.
JAmusic: What kind of future plans have you set for yourself as an artiste (to accomplish and maintain)?
RS: I would love to connect with as many people as possible so maybe a tour and I would love to be nominated & win best new artist at the Grammys so everything I do now would be making steps towards that.
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? RS: My music celebrates my individuality, my experiences, my trials and triumphs etc, the way in which I articulate my story and show it through my swag promotes my number one belief which is to be you, not to be cliche but because I sincerely live by that. I think all aspiring and current stars ( I believe some of those already on the charts are still searching for themselves ) should use music to expose themselves, thats the purpose of art ..right?
JAmusic: What's the purpose on your musical journey? What's the message you're trying to give?
RS: I want to inspire people, the purpose of my musical journey is to fulfil my purpose, that’s my personal reason, I however want to inspire people to know despite obstacles and opinions if its your passion, your dream go after it no matter what, if it takes ten minutes, ten days, ten years don't stop until you have reached your purpose.