We had the good fortune of connecting with Nubia Soul Goddess and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nubia, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Honestly, I feel that they are the same. If not, they definitely play a part in the manifestation of each other. To be an artist, you create your art-form, so you are still a creative in a creative career. I choose to be a music artist and book author because it felt good. It feels better than any job I have ever had. I’m not bogged down by a constant repetitious schedule that takes me away from my family and friends 40+ hours a week with tons of limitations just to get paid. That’s not living to me, that’s not freedom of being an adult to me. Sure, I am responsible for more as a self-employed person but I think it enhances the individual more when you have to carve out your own employment according to your gifts, talents, and desires. No disrespect to the one’s who enjoy the office work, but having the freedom to see something in my mind or hear something in my head and bring to life is pure magic. Then to share it with the world and others enjoy it and want to partake of that artistic creation that you created, is priceless. It shows ownership, it shows that I am honored and respected, it shows that I am sought after, it shows that I am appreciated simply for being myself. And unfortunately, most corporate-centered jobs just don’t make people feel that way.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a neo soul-funk artist, I am big on bass, percussion, and harmonies. Whenever you hear my music, it will be big on those elements. My live performances with my band are different of course but the thing that sets me apart with live shows is the emotion. I make it my business to perform songs that I connect with only a soul and sometimes even a cellular level. If I can’t feel it in my heart or sacral chakra, then I usually won’t do it. The thing I am most proud of to date is having the opportunity to sing at an event by Angie Stone in 2018 and becoming a best selling author during COVID-19 in 2020. Those are highlights for me so far in my career. I am looking forward to doing even more amazing things, breaking barriers, and helping others through my talents. There isn’t one answer to the question of how did I get where I am professionally. I just didn’t give up. I kept asking questions about things I didn’t understand, for opportunities I desired, I researched a lot, I observed a whole lot. I often tried to take roads that were less traveled, which one has to be careful about in the music industry. It has not been easy. I have lost people I cared for and loved deeply. There were moments where I didn’t even have my own place and slept on someone’s couch or floor, hotel rooms, smh, I still cry sometimes thinking about those moments and the details surrounding them. I cry not because it happened, because it happened and I made it. So many don’t make it this far and their life is never the same. I didn’t give up, in the words of my heartbeat, “Keep pushing.” He isn’t much on words most times but since we first met, that phrase has carried me more than he will ever realize. That and my belief in genuine love. Not the romantic love but genuine universal love, I believe it is the most powerful energy in the universe and can help one get through anything when your intentions are pure. Not to be confused with good, just pure. I’m not perfect by no means. But my desire to give the world something great and long-lasting that entertains and entices them while providing a living for myself and family, and treating people right has been my driving force as well as the foundation of my brand. Last but not least, know your purpose, and stand firm in it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So we would go to Phoenix and Dragon bookstore, Blue Crystals & Yeye’s Botanica to pick up crystals and sage and all sorts of metaphysical items. We would visit the Dekalb International Farmers Market to pick up all sorts of amazing food and wine because I like to cook when I can get great ingredients. We would go to Yellow River at least once to tread the water of the river and sunbathe on the rocks. As far as restaurants, just about any seafood spot because I love seafood and the occasional beer lol. We would also spend a night out at one of the best live music spots in the city. Then I would probably arrange a game night with some of my close associates with tons of great food and an evening filled with crazy side bursting laughter. Last but not least, schedule an appointment for us both with my amazing massage therapist of 3rd Eye Massage and Spa Treatments. An hour and a half of massage, reflexology, and reiki will make you forget your name I swear! Lol.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many I want to thank along this journey. I hope I don’t offend anyone but here goes! My mother & father for affording those music lessons and allowing me to be creative at an early age. My first piano teacher the late Ms. Georgia Brown, my band teacher in middle school Ms. Kennedy, my childhood choir director Curtis Combs Jr., my ex-husband (yes weird but hey? lol)- he introduced me to the late Kwan Straughn who sparked the desire to record in the studio, the late Terrence Dante Smith (Blak) who was the man and sound behind my first released music to the world, Reginald Johnson & Divine Elements Entertainment who was the first to start booking me for shows, Erion “Champ” Johnson, Tawhiyda Tupak El of WRFG Radio, Jonathan Blanchard of JB’s Record Lounge, Timothy J. Hall, II (Timmy Sachez), Gary A. Ware (J.R.), countless musicians I have enjoyed working with, every radio station whether it was terrestrial or internet that plays my music, every college station, and every magazine feature that blessed me with exposure. To my spiritual teachers and guides for helping me to stay balanced and focused while pursuing my passions. Some of the books that I read during this journey that had a profound effect on me were: *The 4hr work week *Outwitting the Devil *Think and Grow Rich *All You Need to Know About the Music Business *The $100 Startup and a slew of spiritual and metaphysical books! Last but not least, to my fraternal brothers and sisters who supported me throughout the years and my amazing daughter Abka.
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