Rising star Imani Scott effortlessly brings the funk and soul back to a new generation. She’s releasing another Blue Diamond Music exclusive titled All Over Again. The Houston native delivers an undeniably soulful visual as a follow-up to her groovy, funk video Get Litty. Recently nominated for best new artist in Houston, the “funkadelik groovemaster” plans to release her debut EP, The Introduction, on Sept. 7.
The recent Sam Houston State University graduate is changing the game with her fresh take on a hybrid genre of music that appeals to the masses – young and old. Get Litty, produced by Isaac “Chill” Yowman,” is the first official single from Imani’s upcoming debut LP titled The Introduction, dropping soon. She effortlessly showcases her bold and soulful vocals with a captivating delivery that resonates well beyond her young years.
Scott says, “These days we want to be so numb to everything, but I want to put that emotion back in the music that Earth, Wind & Fire has so we can live in the moment. Everything on this project is going to make you want to get up and dance and feel good about life. I’m determined to bring live instrumentation back to the music, to fulfill what we once had and get away from the artificial sound. I want to bring intelligence back to people listening and get us to level back up.”
Here, she offers insight on what inspires her and who she considers legends.
Do you most often actively seek inspiration or does it find you? Or is there a combination of the two?
Definitely a combination of the two. Sometimes I search via Youtube, or I luck up and catch a groovy vibe via Pandora, to say the least.
What led you to art in general and to your art form(s) in particular?
Being artistically inclined is a gift. In this case, singing came naturally. It’s pretty much second nature to breathing. Ideally nothing led me to art. I am art.
Have you and your artistry ever been involved in traditional business? If so, how?
Being that I am signed to my own label (Blue Diamond Music L.L.C.), I handle my own distribution, I collect my own royalty checks, I designate my own marketing and promotions, and I’ve created my own unique image and style. So in the scope of the music industry, I am involved in traditional business.
In addition to mastering their art, what other skill sets do you recommend that artists develop if they want to be successful?
I am a new artist myself, and I have a lot of skills yet to master. However, what has worked for me thus far is mastering the skill of being quiet and listening. If an artist can develop that, I believe it can take them above and beyond several levels of success.
How do you stay at the leading edge of your craft?
Practice. My father always told me practice makes perfect. For me, looking in the mirror to reflect on my progress every day helps me maintain the drive and competitive spirit that is needed to be at the peak of my craft.
Do you think that there are any widely held misconceptions about art or artists? If so, what are they and how do you work to dispel them?
Yes, I do believe there are a lot of misconceptions in the entertainment industry. As an upcoming artist, I notice how society can look at you as if you are a god of some sort, which I am not. Luckily, I use many platforms via social media to allow my Diamonds (fans) to know I am not perfect, I did not wake up like this, and if I make a mistake it comes with consequences.
How do you map out your goals? How do you measure your success?
Simple. If I am not where I started and it’s for the better, I am progressing and succeeding.
Who do you consider to be your peers in your field? Who do you see/use as examples for you to emulate?
I like to see myself as a “legend in the making” so, of course, the following peers of mine wouldn’t be any different: Bruno Mars, Chaka Khan, Beyoncé, Earth, Wind & Fire, Andre 3000, Missy Elliott, to name a few.
Name two of your top role models: one in the art world and one from outside of it.
Growing up as a millennial, it is safe to say Beyoncé has paved the way for so many women and girls. Her class surpasses everything she has done thus far. Nevertheless, my father, who is also my manager, Glenn, has been a great father, role model and entrepreneur. So, boys get ready; those are big shoes to fill.
Name three books, works, performances or exhibits that changed how you view life or yourself.
The Secret and 48 Laws of Power.
Why do you consider continued learning important?
As a graduate from college, as well as wanting to seek a master’s in health science, I see a huge difference in my way of thinking compared to some of my high school classmates who did not take that route. Not saying one is better than the other, but for me it was a great choice. Being taught different study mechanisms throughout school has transferred into my artistry, and I believe it is safe to say those study habits did great for me since I am here communicating with you guys!
What affirmations do you repeat to yourself that contribute to your success?
Be true to yourself, never lose yourself, and always tap into your inner peace.
What role does art have in the community? What role would you like to see art play in the community?
In my community, which is Acres Home (northwest Houston), the art of music plays a huge role especially at trail rides, fun days at the park, and school functions, and I wouldn’t change one thing … just do more of it.
What role does technology play in your day-to-day life? How do you utilize it?
It’s 2017. Technology is life, unfortunately, but fortunately since I use it responsibly and in a business mind frame, email, PayPal and GPS get the business done!
What software, app or other technological innovation has made the biggest difference in your life or career?
I would say Instagram plays a huge role in my career. Having a platform that allows you to put your face, voice and name together is much needed for any business especially as an artist.
Please define your personal brand.
I am the funk. I am the groove. I am the happiness. I have the soul.
What is your favorite vacation destination and why?
It’s not my favorite vacation destination yet, due to me being fresh out of college and investing in my artistry, but I know in due time the beautiful country of Greece will welcome me with open arms at the ocean shores, restaurants and beautiful scenery. Not to mention I’ve always been interested in Greek mythology.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I would place a pure heart in every individual. That’ll solve all problems in a nutshell.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I am who I am. I believe God made a perfect me.
What does it take to be iconic? In your estimation, who has achieved that status?
To be iconic, you must master being yourself, and I believe Missy Elliott and Andre 3000 have done a great job doing so.