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The Lioness returns

MAKING NEW MUSIC: Teedra Moses

TEEDRA MOSES' last mix tape Royal Patience kept her fans wanting more, but as any follower of the singer will know, patience has been required over the years when waiting for her to release new music.

Almost nine years after Moses’ 2004 debut with Complex Simplicity, the wait for the highly anticipated second album won’t be much longer. In fact, the Just Want to be Your Girl hitmaker says her new album, The Lioness, Lover, Believer, Dreamer should be out very soon indeed.

Signing to rapper Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group in 2011, there was renewed interest in Moses’ career, with vast speculation on how the Hustlin’ rapper and his label would impact the singer. So far, there has been no change, or sign of new music, but according Moses, she is finally ready to drop her new album.

“There’s always been a business side of me holding back the release of my project. But I think that God’s will is perfect and times when I’ve tried to put out an album and it ends up changing or it didn’t happen, things have always gotten better. Probably because I have gotten better and I’ve always gotten stronger,” said the Louisiana-born musician.

“Now I feel that the product is at its strongest, I believe the product is ready, so the album should be out really soon because it is there.”

Far from frustrated at the time it has taken to release a new album, Moses has taken a very stoic approach to the delay in her career, as she insists that each set back has made her and her music better.

“I have figured myself out more as time has gone. Maybe what I had to say two years ago wasn’t what was meant to be said; maybe the compilation of songs wasn’t right. But everything right now feels absolutely perfect.”

It is a good thing that the 36-year-old is happy with her work, because her recent attachment with the Maybach Group has fixed many eyes squarely on the singer, which she admits, has led to added pressure.

“We never made the announcement official, but the attention that joining Maybach gave to me, my fans were like ‘hey, where’s the album?’ and I thought, ‘wow, I have to really make it good.”

“I think that my album would have still taken long, but the attention from being signed pushes you to represent something a little bit stronger. It became urgent to me; people were looking now, whereas before they weren’t looking as much. I think that the affiliation with the Maybach Group put pressure on me to dig deeper to get the album right and as close to perfect as it can be, but I’m happy with it and I’m a hard person to please.”

Despite having international hits Moses has managed to remain out of the media frenzy and reality television hype that has swept up many R&B singers, choosing instead to only deal with the pressure in the studio.

“I am not as well known as the other artists so I don’t have that type of pressure on me. I try to live my life like everybody else, I can’t spend time looking at myself to see what other’s see, because then I would have to live my life for that. I have to stay focused on what my heart says, what God speaks to me, I can’t get caught up in what people think of me,” she said.

Moses also believes that in order to have a successful career, you do not necessarily have to have talent. In fact, the You’ll Never Find (A Better Woman) has no sympathy for people who may have the talent but give up music when the going gets tough.

“I don’t feel any kind of way about some artists getting more coverage than others because there are so many factors that create a superstar. If an artist doesn’t get exposure or make it in the industry, that might not be their path,” she said.

“But you can look at a person like 2 Chainz who has been doing music for a long time, he kept pressing and now he has gotten to where he wants to be. I remember Angie Stone had been doing music forever when people first became aware of her.”

“It breaks my heart to see people give up, to see people win that don’t have as much talent, that doesn’t bother me, it’s a hustle, you can’t ever knock somebody’s hustle.”

Not only does Moses take her music seriously, she also loves performing and sees her concerts as a way to connect with her fans. But surprisingly, Moses does not think it is a big deal for artists to lip sync during their performances. “I think you can lip sync at appropriate times. If someone can sing, like Beyoncé how do you question if she’s lip syncing? It doesn’t matter, the girl can really sing, it’s not like you don’t know she can’t do it, she can sing.”

She added: “If Ms Aretha Franklin has to lip sync for a track, you don’t question her, the whole point of lip syncing for people like Milli Vanilli was because they didn’t have talent. But if you’re talented, where’s the disrespect in that? Me personally I don’t lip sync, because there hasn’t been a reason for me to need to and my performances aren’t choreographed or rehearsed, but I see no problem with it.”

Due to perform at the Jazz café in Camden, from March 1, Moses revealed that she loves performing in London, a city that has a special place in her heart.

“It was the first place I saw people sing along with me, when I first started music. It was my first time to Europe, and my first concert in London and when the audience sang along to my songs it vibed me out. The whole venue was singing along to my music and I had never seen that before. So my expectations when I go to London is to always have that feeling again.

Teedra Moses will be performing at the Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden, NW1, from March 1-3. For more information visit www.jazzcafe.co.uk.

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