"Sometimes it’s your friends who keep your enemies updated about you, be careful"
The legendary MOBO-nominated British R&B singerKeisha Whitebehind the noughties hit single ‘The Weakness In Me’ and ‘Someday’ – the theme song to generation-defining television show ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’ is getting ready to make her comeback. In 2020 she re-recorded ‘Someday’ for the new BBC series: ‘My Mum Tracy Beaker’ and announced plans for her new music releases so you know we had to deliver all the tea about her journey and her thoughts on the recent rise and success of UK R&B.
NEO: How would you describe your music journey?
KEISHA WHITE: A rollercoaster! I’ve had some amazing experiences throughout my career, that will stay with me forever, followed by a handful of not so good memories, however, you can’t let the bad moments spoil a bunch of good ones.
NEO: Who is your biggest inspiration?
KEISHA WHITE: That’s a hard one. Musically, I would have to say Whitney Houston. And my grandmother who is an old soul full of wisdom.
NEO: Do you have any up and coming projects you are working on?
KEISHA WHITE: Yes. I am currently working on my third album coming out later this year. September is when my first single will be released.
NEO: If you could pick any three artists to collaborate with, in the UK, who would it be?
KEISHA WHITE: Jessie J, Sam Smith and Ella Mai
NEO: What are your thoughts on the recent rise and success of UK R&B
KEISHA WHITE: Honestly, The UK has always had the talent. Artists like Soul II Soul / Mark Morrison/Damage, just to name a few, did well back in the day in the UK and internationally. Now we have the talented Ella Mai, Jorja Smith and many more, having successful careers, which I love to see.
The difference now is there’s social media, which has changed the game. that did not exist back then, so more artists can now showcase their music without relying on a major label to back them.
NEO: What do you enjoy most about being a musician?
KEISHA WHITE: Touring, nothing beats that atmosphere walking on stage with cheering fans singing along to your songs.
NEO: If you were a snack what would you be and why?
KEISHA WHITE: Hahaha umm not sure…. Ok. Oreo Cookies! Addictive and will keep you coming back for more. lol
NEO: When experiencing a creative block, what do you do to combat it?
KEISHA WHITE: Travelling to my favourite destinations, right now it’s the Caribbean I enjoy nature. Alternatively, mediating in a quiet space helps.
NEO: What is something you used to believe in that you do not believe in any more?
KEISHA WHITE: Having lots of money makes you happy, not anymore! Having my baby girl Sahayla Marie has changed all of that.
NEO: If you could create a fortune cookie given to yourself when you were 16, what would it say?
KEISHA WHITE: ‘Sometimes it’s your friends who keep your enemies updated about you be careful’
NEO: Let us know where to find you on social media
KEISHA WHITE: @keishawhiteofficial