An R&B/soul singer/songwriter
with ammense talent is one of the labels to best describe Felicia
Adams but there is so much more that behind her persona.
She wrote and performed the hit title track to the John
Singleton film 'Baby Boy',
worked with the likes of Donnell Jones,
Changing Faces and Ashanti
to name a few as well as lauched her own entertainment company LadyBoss
Enterprises which has a movie in the works amoung other
projects. With the arrival of her latest CD 'Read
My Lips' available now, she recently took time out of her
busy schedule to answer some of our questions ranging from her very
first live performance to inspirations to dabble in acting.
Firstly let me say thank you for taking the time out
of your busy schedule to do this, I appreciate it as do your fans
TY: You started singing from an early age, was
this something of a family tradition. Is your family musically talented?
entire Family sings
TY: When did you realize that you wanted to
make singing a career choice?
I sang my first solo in church at seven years old
TY: What are your parents reaction when you said 'Mom,
Dad I want to be a singer', were they supportive or did they advise
you to do something else?
they have always been supportive but always encouraged me to have
something else to fall back on
TY: You're a songwriter also, what shapes your songwriting
material, do you draw from life experiences or fantasy and imagination?
a little of both, I get my inspiration from television, books, other
peoples experiences as well as my own
TY: You wrote the title song to the John
Singleton film 'Baby Boy', how
did that come about and have you written songs for other artists and
if so who and what song?
originally was just interested in the song"YOU"
for the soundtrack after meeting him through a mutual friend. He then
sent me the script and I was inspired to write "BABYBOY"
and he loved it. As far as writing for other artist I've written for
several to name a few Donell Jones,
Changing Faces, Tamia,
and as of recent Case for his
TY: Which do you prefer: singing or songwriting and why?
is definitely my preference I love it because it allows me to express
myself as an artist, I get to entertain and perform I become one with
my audience it's amazing. Songwriting is also great because the creative
process is so fulfilling
TY: You've said that Diana Ross,
Dionne Warwick and Stevie
Wonder left an indelible mark with you but what I want to know
is who's been your biggest influence and why?
artist inspire me all the time it all depends on where I am in my
life at the time I will always have my favorites but there are so
many doing so many amazing things it's really hard to just pin point
one or two. I could tell you this though, My Mom and Dad are a great
inspiration because they have taught me to be the person I am today
and I love them dearly
TY: You've worked with acts such as Donnell
Jones and Ashanti, What was the
experience and their work ethic like?
Working with artist period are always great experiences. Donell
and I are actually old friends so our relationship was alot deeper
than a working relationship we had a bond and experienced a lot of
the early years of this game together.
TY: You've launched your own entertainment company LadyBoss
Enterprises, that will be an outlet to market and distribute
your music and other projects, do you have any projects in the works
that you can tell us about?
Yes. LadyBoss is my baby, it took a lot of hard work to get to this
point and there is still so much more work to be done but I'm keeping
the faith and I believe that it will be successful. By the way I do
have a movie project in the works that I am very excited about the
tentative title is called the "INDUSTRY"
TY: In the future any desires to venture outside the music
industry and tackle something else like acting for instance
For sure, acting has always been a passion of mine I'm looking forward
to tackling more of my artistic side.
TY: Who do you listen to on your time?
I am very versitile with the music I listen to. Usher,
The Candy Butchers, Al
Jarreau, Stevie Wonder,
Anita Baker, Janet
the list goes on
TY: The album's called 'Read my Lips'
any particular reason why you chose that title?
The title is subliminal meaning PAY ATTENTION!!! My lyrics
tell a story and while working on this project I always had a habit
of telling people as they were listening to pay attention and listen
to the lyrics. I believe that anyone can relate to any of the songs
on the album, so even if you can't hear a word i'm saying you will
be forced to "READ MY LIPS"
because there is so much passion
TY: Who did you work with on the album and are there any
collaborations on it?
No collaborations this time around. However, I worked with Chris
Liggio who has worked with several recording artist such
as Jay-Z, Case,
and Frankee. Chris and I have
a long time working relationship and I think he is absolutely amazing
we create magic together. He is the most talented producer I know
TY: Speaking of collaborations, is there anyone in the
industry who you would like to work with and why?
R-KELLY need I say more!!!!!!!!!!
TY: Where can we get the CD?
Right now you can get the CD online at feliciaadams.com
and you lucky people in the UK can get in various stores in your area
thanks to cafedesoul.co.uk
TY: Can you recall what it was like doing your very first
performance to a large crowd? were you nervous?
Very Scary, my very first big show 10,000 people was with Brandy,
and Brownstone in chicago 1995
SCARY but one of the best times of my life. I LOVE to Perform.....
TY: Where are you performing next?
Hopefully in town near you:)
TY: To date, what's been your biggest achievement?
MY Daughter and developing this project.
TY: Anything you'd like to say to your fans?
Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou my biggest sales have been from overseas
you guys appreciate good music and I so grateful that you embraced
me and love my music. some of you hsve sent me some of the sweetest
emails saying how i have touched your lives with my songs. Well, you
have touched my life with your kind words and support. God bless you
all and hopefully I will see you all soon. I can't wait.. I LOVE YOU
GUYS God Bless
Felicia Adams latest hit 'Share
Felicia Adams 'Only
You (Bring me joy) rmx'