Exclusive Interview with Singer Cybele


Who are some of your musical influences?


My biggest musical influences are Lauryn Hill, Anita Baker, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Jazmine Sullivan, Etta James, ABBA, Earth Wind and Fire, the list could honestly go on. At the moment, these are my biggest influences. I often have obsessive periods with artists. I’m not very balanced when it comes to tasting multiple genres in the same time period. I enjoy listening to one artist’s records consecutively for about a few weeks, then I move on to the next one. For the past few months, it has been the artists listed above though. I really love the lyricism of people like Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys because it inspires me to write about what needs to be said and what our youth need to hear. I love the tone and the musical versatility of people like Jazmine Sullivan, Mariah Carey, and Beyonce. I take the best elements of each person and I try to incorporate them into my own work.

If you could collaborate with any artist who would you choose?


If I could collaborate with any artist, it would be Beyonce. I’ve wanted to collaborate with her my whole life and I’ve looked up to everything she represents for the music industry for such a long time. To me, she is one of the the hardest-working and the most versatile artist and has achieved incredible longevity. She is a pioneer for women, especially black women in the music industry, and I love that she fearlessly speaks her mind. I also would love to work with her because I have spent so many hours practicing, studying, dissecting the layers of her songs and the background vocal production. She is an amalgamation of all of R&B’s greatest influences and she has come to represent the epitome of the genre. She’s brilliant. I would love to work with her.

“Anything" what's the song really mean to you?


The song means to me, perseverance. It means having grit and diligence every single day. It means pushing through and seeing the possibility of success even when you feel as if you are stuck in a dark moment of her life. Anything is not only about seeing the cup half full, it’s a song that encourages people to envision anything for their life and to find a purpose that will drive your every intention and motive in serving yourself and those who surround you. That’s what it has meant to me as of late. I really need to remind myself of this all sometimes when I feel discouraged.

What do you hope people take from your music when listening?


I hope people take away a feeling of not only motivation to do their best in all aspects of life, but also a feeling of self-awakening. I want my fans to know that all the day-to-day trauma and unpleasant aspects of life are simply temporary and a part of growth. I want to them to listen to that inner voice that knows to see beyond the pain and to see what fortune lies ahead. I also want them to learn to accept the harsh realities of life, that it will be tough, but to learn from that and make the best out of a situation. When people listen to my music, not only do I want them to enjoy it, but I want them to feel like they are in control of their life, that they are the driver of their destiny.

Any new music updates you like to share?


Recently, I won an International Songwriting Competition sponsored by the Grammy Museum and Robert F. Kennedy Foundation for Civil Rights. This Civil Rights song entitled ‘Proclamation’ is about racial oppression in the United States. I am very proud to share that I have recently been invited to perform at a Women in the Music Industry event that serves as one of the events preceding the Grammys. I have been asked to sing the song live there and I’m very anxious but thrilled for the opportunity. Besides this, I’m still working on my songwriting and honing my craft. I’m very excited for what the future holds.

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