” Don’t stop me now, cause baby I’m on a roll. ‘Cause I’m a random black girl singin’ the soul.”Random Black Girl, Homemade Fusion
As a Black Woman, there are certain stereotypes that I deal with every day. But the one that gets under my skin the most is the idea that as a Black vocalist, I HAVE to sing like every other black female singer. Being classically trained through high school and part of my college career, I learned to sing what I was taught. When singing classical pieces, there truly isn’t much room for variation, especially when singing in a small ensemble. And, being a musical theatre geek, I can emote the hell out of a song. However, to some people, if I’m not belting, growling, or winning a gold medal in vocal acrobatics, I am not a singer. Who came up with this madness?
Now, I will jokingly say, from time to time, that my secret singer shame is that I have no clue how to do the gospel growl. But to be honest, I’m not sure that I want to. Sounds painful. (ouch). And I’m pretty sure doing all that growling is why certain well known artists now sound as if they have a sock stuffed into their throat. Yeah.. I’ll pass. I’ll just keep doing my singing my way.
Random Black Girl signing off.
I would like to say THANK YOU to my newest sponsor, The Annex for trusting me to represent their brand. I am wearing their newest release, the Richa Halter in the photo above. The Richa Halter is available in 14 colors, and is designed to fit the Freya, Hourglass and Maitreya bodies. First available for the Saturday Sale, you can grab it in the The Annex Mainstore now!