We recently caught up with the #haute and spirited R&B vocalist, Hendricks, over the weekend where she was set to share the stage with all-girl band, The GG's.
Hendricks released her newest single, "No Good."
Justifiably, the title of the track speaks for itself-- Hendricks finds herself in a relationship where her love interest is running game, and doing the absolute most, by cheating with another woman (or many women)... How familiar is the topic?
Unfortunately, for whatever the reason, relationships fail (boredom, unhappiness, entitlement), and the #keeper in the relationship suffers.
Hendricks feels that you shouldn't mess up your good thing, by chasing something temporary, as she explains through her lyrics.
"No Good" Video
At what age were you when you discovered your sound? How old are you now?
I was probably about 12 years old when I realized I had a gift. I started to get solos in the church choir and figured "hey, I must be doing something right". I am currently 28 years old.
During our brief encounter, you mentioned that you grew up singing in church. When did your music crossover from gospel to R&B?
I would say R&B has always been there, I grew up on it. I loved listening to Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey growing up. I've managed to keep the two separate. When it was church time, I sing gospel. At home it was strictly R&B.
Do you play instruments?
No, right now, my only instrument is my voice.
Do you think that you’ll crossover to Pop at some point in your life?
Sure! as long as I can stay true to my voice. I'm actually working on some music geared towards that lane.
Where are you originally from?
I was born in Birmingham, Alabama. I moved to Atlanta, Georgia at 14, where I currently reside.
If you couldn’t do music, what would you be doing?
Probably teaching it.
You mentioned that you performed with Case and RL (From Group, Next), how did you get that opportunity?
I was given the opportunity from past relationships that I've built. It's just a matter of knowing the right people.
What are some of the things to take into consideration as an independent artist?
As an independent artist I think its important to make sure you have good quality work. You have to spend money to make money. Invest in yourself. People will take you serious when you look and sound the part, no matter your status.
When you decided on a producer/ music engineer, what were some of the things you looked for?
I look for energy, chemistry and vision. There has to be a good vibe, and we have to share the same vision.
When can we expect a full album from you?
I will be dropping my EP early 2017
Who are you performing with next?
I have some things in works, that I don't want to jinks, so you'll have to stay tuned for that.
Is it difficult to make a name for yourself as an independent artist?
Anything worth having is hard work. But, I've found that when you have a great product, dopeness sells itself.
How did you learn to make yourself marketable, without the help of a publicist or manager?
I'm a student of the game first. I learn from trial and error as well as from other people whom I respect in the industry (Currently looking for a PR).
If you could time-hop and have a heart-to-heart conversation with your younger self, what would you say?
I would say, "Don't worry, it's all temporary."
Words of encouragement for younger artist?
My words of encouragement would be to stay hungry. Even when things get tough, just remember why you started.
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