How did you first get involved in spoken word poetry & music?
Well...I never refer to...or consider what I do...my art...my life..."spoken word"...it's a term that makes me cringe, really. It's limiting. Poetry...and poetry with music is best. But anyway...I got started by going to readings/open mics...frequently, in Philly. Then the recording with music began when I recorded my first thing with my homie King Britt in 1994. And I haven't looked back since.
Who would you say are your biggest inspirations?
Awwwwww...I'm in tears answering this question now. Number one, is always, has always been, will always be...Prince. Period. And, of course, my mentor and artist mama, Sonia Sanchez. There are many others who inspire me...but those two are the main constants.
What would you say have been some of the best moments of your career?
Oh wow...far too many. Recording and releasing my very first solo album, Supa Sista, is at the top of that list. What an unforgettable thrill and beginning.
How did you get involved with Cazz Ear (Shaun) in providing the vocal for 'Been Waiting'?
(Laughs) Shaun is so sweet...so persistent...so patient...so gracious. He hit me up on Facebook. We went back and forth...off and on. It was a process. It took time. But I believe in 'divine timing.' All things happen in their own, good time. I'm so glad this has come to full fruition. He is an authentically beautiful being.
What 3 words would you use to describe the track?
Clear, powerful and bangin' ;)
What more can people expect from you in the upcoming months?
Working on my 6th solo album
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to enter the industry?
Do it for the LOVE...not to be in the "industry"
'Been Waiting' - Cazz Ear ft Ursula Rucker is OUT NOW on Traxsource