While I was back in Toronto a few weeks back I met up with my good and amazingly talented friend Imaagi. We used to work together and that’s where we bonded over our mutual love for all things music. What impressed me the most about Imaaji is that not only does she have the voice of an angel but that she has the heart and soul of one too.
Sometimes at work we used to sing together on breaks, she would give me pointers on how to strengthen and project my singing voice. I remember one day in particular I said to her that I wanted a raspy, strong, screaming voice and I proceeded to let her listen to Brody Dalle and Courtney Love songs on my IPod. Once she was finished she looked at me she said, “Girl you need to start smoking cigarettes and drinking whiskey to get a voice like that!” Needless to say she helped me accept my voice and to work on what I have and make it better. Unfortunately I had just missed one of her shows right before we met up. You see to watch her perform and hear her sing live is a treat for anyone watching…
Below is Imaaji’s bio from her MySpace account.
Shakespeare said, all the world’s a stage. Indeed! We are here to present who we are, in our own exceptional way. Music is who I am. I am Imaaji. Music is my soul mate. Ever since I was a little girl, when no one was there, music was always there, ready to share. Through music I have the opportunity to make a difference and love plays an important role in expressing from my soul. Love says “BE YOURSELF”, in your own expressive way. We all have this gift, the gift of “expression”. With our message, we honor our past, those who have set the stage before us. My musical inspiration has come from a variety of genres, and include the likes of Curtis Mayfield, Billy Holiday, Nina Simone, Sade, Donny Hathaway, Bessie Smith, Tina Turner, James Brown, Bob Marley, Diana King, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Dan Hill, Anita Baker, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, Me’shell N’degeocello, India Arie and John Mayer. I must also mention the importance of the written influences of Eckhart Tolle, Maya Angelou and Sister Souljah. Well, I hope you fall in love with my “expressions” the way I have. Please stay close and tune in for more. Leave me a note. Let’s do what we can, now, to make a difference in whatever way we can, with love. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow is unknown, NOW is all we truly have.