Sometimes I love my job. Specifically, I love doing interviews. Although my mama raised me to do the opposite, I love talking to strangers. Not every interview is a winner, but every now and then you encounter an artist who truly makes an impression on you. For example, I just got off the phone with up and coming jazz artist Esperanza Spalding, and I HAD to share her talent with all of you right away! She is so bright, bubbly, and intelligent. Her personality is genuine, and she’s definitely wise beyond her years. She is going places, mark my words.
I’ll feature the whole interview sometime later, but I’m just floating down from that happy-interview haze and had to share. Check her out on David Letterman — after her performance, he calls her “the coolest person we’ve ever had on the show.” And he just might be right about that!
I love her voice, and I love that she plays such an unconventional instrument. And you KNOW I had to ask her about her hair, right? She shocked me! No fancy products from pricey salons — she swears by olive oil and jojoba, and she says regular swimming in the ocean keeps her curls together and happy. Hey, obviously it works for her.
More to come about Esperanza later — I gotta jet to work right now! And before I forget, look out for upcoming interviews with Esperanza, Amanda Diva, and Janelle Monae! I’ve been workin’ overtime behind the scenes and interviewing some very fresh afrobellas. August will be a big month for interviews!
Click here to check out Esperanza’s MySpace. Thanks for the interview, Esperanza!