Nu Soul: How close to completion is the new album?
SJ: The new album is pretty much finished. It’s in the process of being mixed down as we speak.
Nu Soul: What can your fans expect to hear on the new album?
SJ: Well thats a difficult question for me to answer being that I wrote so many different types of songs. At the time of creating this record, I was going through some very personal and difficult challenges in my life. For a while, I was only able to express my feelings by putting them down in paper and the songs all turned out to have very melancholic theme. It wasn’t until I wrote about an albums worth of those types of tracks that I was actually able to get back to writing what I’m truly my best at….writing self-empowering songs.
Just like on “Rise”, I took that difficult time in my life and turned them into what I would like to believe are self-empowering optimistic songs about looking at the brighter side of things despite love loss, death, and etc. I’m hoping this new batch of songs will help others who are going through a difficult time in their life.
As for all those sad songs, a few of them actually made the album.
Nu Soul: Who did you get a chance to work with on this new record?
SJ: I worked with my producer from my first record, Sebastian Arocha Mortin. I also wrote some songs with other producers on this new record. I also collaborated with JB Eckel on a song called “Tonight”.
Nu Soul: What is the first single going to be?
SJ: The first single is out now and is called, “Waves Of Change”. We have remixes from Kaskade, Andy Caldwell, Cafe Del Mar, Richard Grey, and more.
Nu Soul: What else have you been up to in the time since the release of “Rise”?
SJ: Let’s just say that I’ve been through a lot. I have seen the world in many ways. I’ve experienced everything from death to love and everything in between. I have seen people I love come and go and I have reconnected with people that I thought I would never see again. I have learned a lot since the release of my first record. I am just a wiser stronger version of me. My mind and my eyes are more open then they ever have been before .
Interview by Norman of Nu Soul Magazine. Norman is also a writer for URB.com and many more fine publications.