My mom always said, I "was dancing and
singing before she could walk and talk".
I began to rap and perform at a young age to entertain myself and escape
reality. My childhood best friend helped me form my first rap group called
Thunder and Lightning at age 9. We mostly just argued about who was
thunder and who was lightning but, we did record a few cassettes and give
them to our parents with our pictures on them.
I also expelled a lot of energy through gymnastics and had hopes of the
Olympics or at least a college scholarship but the pressure and injuries
stopped my progression. Despite incredibly loving parents who I would die
for, I always had a bit of an "alien" mentality as I was one of two people I
knew until age 18 that was adopted. To this day I know very little about my
biological family. This has always had a very deep effect on who I am and
how I deal with life. However, I feel like it was part of the plan and feel
blessed to be a Maize.
I moved to Pittsburgh in my teens with the
dream of making an impact on the world.
I just felt drawn to the city, like there was something waiting for me here. I
learned more about the negative sides of our society through study at the
University of Pittsburgh. At that time, Hip Hop was solidified as my passion
and outlet for activism. I also experienced watching my mom go through a
vicious near death bout with cancer and used writing as a means to cope. I
began singing and rapping on stage in 2000 and have not stopped since.
However, a sense of not being able to make any real change, a lack of
confidence, and a lack of financial stability pushed me into the workforce
full-time and on a spiritual journey. This period of my life proved to be a
unique opportunity to grow, become inspired and learn the industry.
I worked at the Pittsburgh City Paper right after college where I helped a lot
of local artists, planned events and learned all about being a promoter. I
eventually became the Events and Promotions Director, but then the
sudden death of my father during this time changed everything. After my
dad passed and my birth mom was not responding to my attempts to
connect with her, I again turned to music as a way to cope. I also turned to
work and my interest in bringing women together as a way to deal with my
I founded a female owned and operated,
socially conscious company, Nakturnal.
I founded Nakturnal in hopes of helping women work together in pursuit of
their dreams and because I learned through spiritual study that when
women gather, the world will heal. It is a prophetic message almost every
indigenous culture stands behind as well as many major religions. I also
felt like it was time to secure a better income to be able to help my mom in
the future. She is employed at a factory in my home town and it is my
dream to be able to get her involved in some aspect of my business so she
doesn’t have to work so hard.
For over two years now, Nakturnal has been considered a leading
marketing and events organization in the the area. We work daily to inspire
women, help independent artists and raise awareness for worthy causes.
We have been expanding nationally.
While Nak was growing, I found more time to record and perform, and
released my first album, Age of Feminine with the help of DJ Huggy. I
released my second album, Aligned Archetype, nationally on January 29th,
2010. This album highlights my mystical side and brings together my other
musical passions including dubstep, house, reggae, Bmore club, R&B and
of course Hip Hop. It is a concept album that was inspired by a tarot card
reading. I also launched this site which acts as an artistic statement with
the help of a large female team made up of Nakturnal and other talented
Pittsburgh based women.
I consider myself a spiritual person and
now see activism on an energetic level that
starts within so I work on my SELF daily.
I study the power of intention, meditation, yoga, quantum physics,
astrology, tarot and other forms of mysticism. I feel my outer purpose in life
is to make music that sends out good energy that speaks to the soul of the
listener. I believe massive global change is coming and that it starts with
the individual. I feel Pittsburgh, my home, is a focal point in this planetary
change and that women and female energy in men and women will help us
enter a new stage.
I feel that our inner world is a mirror of our
We have the power to help positively affect the world by "being the change
we wish to see", as Ghandi puts it. While this can be incredibly challenging
given our human tendencies and emotions, I believe we are entering a new
stage of evolution in human consciousness and hope that in the same way
I am affected daily by artists and musicians that my music inspires change
and awareness in the listener. I feel all people have special gift that will be
a piece in the puzzle and that we are all made of the same energy and
therefor are really all one. I know deep down that music and art will usher in
the peaceful revolution we need from our current fear stricken society. I
feel we can enjoy this time/space reality while opening hearts and minds,
and creating lasting change.
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