R&B Songstress Tweet is Back with Third Album
An Interview by Brandon Brooks, Assistant Entertainment Editor
(Sentinel) Tell me where you’re originally from and how you got started in the music business?
(Tweet) I’m originally from Rochester New York. I started as small as I can remember, as a small child in church and I knew I wanted to be a singer but never knew as a young child singing in my mirror in my room that I would be where I am now. But growing up listening to my mom and dad sing and just music being in the household, that’s how I began, in church..
(Sentinel) Tell me about your new album?
(Tweet) The new project is titled Love Tweet. It will be out in May of 2008. And it’s basically titled that because I’ve been gone since 2005. That was the last record. Since then, I’ve been gone so long and all my fans are still there faithfully and loyally, I wanted to give them a gift You know say like someone would come up and ask me to sign an autograph, and I would put Love Tweet, this would be my gift back to them with the autograph. Its like twelve records produced by the same producers that did the first and second album. Nisan Stewart, Craig Brockman, Charlie BeReal, Warren Campbell, Marz, and Novel. I just kept it simple and kept it Tweet. So it’s coming out in June 2008 and its all about love and my personal life experiences as the before records, which is in your face lyrics talking about what I’ve been through.
(Sentinel) I know that you are working with Jheryl Busby, tell me about that relationship and how you got hooked up with one of top the music executives?
(Tweet) Mona Scott, again from Violator (Management) while I was in limbo I didn’t know what wanted to do with the music business. I was just sitting home and just writing to myself and really not focused on if I wanted to come back or not. Mona Scott called and said Jheryl Busby wanted me to give me an opportunity to be a business woman as well as do the music I wanted to do, no compromising. So we got on the phone and made a great agreement. He promised to stand behind it 100% and so far it’s been exactly what I expected. For me to be able to do it with out any compromise was great.
(Sentinel) Who would you like to work with or who are some people in the future that you looking to collaborate with?
(Tweet) I have a list of maybe four people. That’s Dre (Andre 3000), Pharell, Amy Winehouse, and D’Angelo. Until I say I’ve had enough with this music I have to work with these people.
(Sentinel) What separates Tweet from other artists?
(Tweet) Everybody’s talented in their own right and I don’t take anything away from anybody but I feel I have music for the soul. Lyrics and subjects that people really don’t hit on in a certain way. I think its soul music that’s missing because I think right now in the industry we have a one track mind which means to me we can put on one record and everybody sounds the same and it sounds like the same track playing with different lyrics. So I think right now I think I will bring the soul back to the music.
(Sentinel) I always ask our readers to submit questions for artist interviews and one that I came across often was, are there any problems with Missy or Timbaland or will you ever work with them again?
(Tweet) I will definitely work with them again it’s just at this time I had to do this on my own. It comes a time when you got to grow up. Sometimes the child has to leave the nest so its time for me to do it on my own because I felt like I was depending on Tim and Missy which that doesn’t mean they wont be on this album either, we just haven’t had the chance with scheduling to do anything. We are still friends, we still hang out and stuff like that. Its still love but I am just doing it on my own right now.
(Sentinel) What advice would you give to young women or just even young artists with aspirations of getting into this business?
(Tweet) Make sure that you have your own voice and to not compromise. That’s the biggest thing because in this industry you are not going to find to many loyal people so make sure your camp of people around you are for you and you don’t have too many yes people around you. And make sure you know exactly what you want. What type of music you want to sing so you want fall in that what’s going on today, follow the leader and I want to sound like such and such and all of that. But be your own person, be your own artist and never compromise and keep God first, that’s the number one thing because what is for you will be for you if it’s in his will.
(Sentinel) What about the Tweet outside of music, what are you up to now a days and what are you doing when you are not recording?
(Tweet) If I’m not recording I am going to church honestly. My relationship with God has definitely been the number one priority beside music. Back at home (Atlanta, GA), is where my church is located, Global Destiny International, and it Bishop Thomas Weeks, III. I think just by developing my relationship with God I become more humble and with the situation with me on the last album everything not working out, God has taught me that it’s a process through everything. So with my relationship in God. I go to church and just become stronger in him to deal with the music business because it’s a thing to deal with. Other than that I am with my daughter Tashana.
(Sentinel) Is there somebody taking up Tweet times, a special someone?
(Tweet) I’ve been single for two and a half years by choice and that is only because God hasn’t sent me the one I need to be with. I am not into dating; I’ve never been into dating because it’s a waist of time for me. So I am just waiting on that right person. I don’t have time for games so that’s just what it is.
Love, Tweet will be available in stores June 10th 2008.