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10 Questions With Songwriter and Singer Mikaelle Cartright, Part II

singer Mikaelle Cartright
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Mikaelle Cartright was born in New York, and grew up in Haiti, and currently resides in New York. Her low-key jazzy style and her sensuous voice will have you believe that she took voice and singing lessons from an assortment of singing greats like Sarah Vaughan, Etta Jones, Nancy Harrow, and Dina Washington.

Kreyolicious: What if you could create a special board of singers to help guide you and advise you, who would you include, and why?
Mikaelle Cartright: Alicia Keys. I respect her as a person and I feel like she has stayed so true to herself. I want what she’s has, the way she has it. Eartha Kitt. She was so in control. I love her attitude and firmness. I’m a lot like that. You’d be surprised how rough I can be. She always found the right balance. Nina Simone, for all those reasons. Such an amazing sense of self. Pharell Williams. He is his own person. He’s branded himself so well. I want that. To be more than a singer. To be a household name. A brand.

Kreyolicious: What’s the latest with you? Where do you hope to take your career?
Mikaelle Cartright: I am letting myself loose of others expectations. The last couple years in New York have allowed me to find my voice with out the constant, “you need to do this or that” from Ayisyen I was dealing with back home. Sorry, but Ayisyen pa vle kite atis viv [Haitians don’t allow artists to thrive]. They think that they are going to tell the artist what to do instead of allowing what is within said artist to emerge. Since New York, I’ve tapped into what I really want to do. My cup overflowing with songs and ideas has slowly been poured out, creating space for a whole new set of creativity to take place. I’m almost done with an EP that with serve as a showcase of my many talents and whichever sound does best, will give me a better idea of where to aim for commercial success. Honestly, I like the simple things. The shows that require less. But hey, if people want loud and wild, guess what? I can do that too. I want to go far in music, write for films and TV shows, and make a name for myself as more than just a pretty face or voice.
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Kreyolicious: Do you think that there’s going to be a time when music will be about everything but the music?
Mikaelle Cartright: Commercial music is most definitely already there. It’s a shame what’s happened to hip hop and RnB. That’s why I’m not aiming for the commercial music radar. Thankfully, there’s a million genres out there. I’ll be very happy to have a few thousand dedicated fans for the next fifteen years, over a stadium full every night for just a few years. There will always be music, just for music’s sake. That’s where we all started. The industry can’t shut that off.

Kreyolicious: What if you could handpick seven other women to create an album with? Who would you include?
Mikaelle Cartright: Emeline Michel, Ti Corn, Melissa Dauphin, Alicia Keys, Dobet Gnahore, Maria de Barros, Maya Azucena.

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Interview: Canadian-Haitian Jazz Duo Bel and Quinn, PART II

Canadian Jazz duo Bel and Quinn
Bel is one-half of the Canadian Jazz duo known as Bel and Quinn. The Canada-born singer-songwriter and her sister-partner has wrestled with depression to become of the hottest acts on the Canadian scene. Read our exchange below!

Kreyolicious: You’re a Canadian of Haitian descent. What was it like growing up with that dual identity?
Bel: It’s something that I really treasured as an adult. When I was a teenager, this dual identity was unclear. I sometimes felt that I could not express my Haitian origins. However, when I reached adulthood, I asked myself more questions: who am I? Where do I come from? To understand who I am, I need to understand my origins, history and it’s a search that I have not completed to date. This is an important pursuit.

Kreyolicious: Which artists did you grow up admiring?
Bel: I listened to various bands such as The Beatles, The Smiths, Rolling Stones, Isley Brothers, Fugees etc. Growing up, I discovered artists who inspired me in an incredible way. I’m talking about Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Al Green, Marvin Gaye and so on.
Canadian Haitian jazz duo Bel and Quinn
Kreyolicious: What made you and Quinn start the group?
Bel: Music has helped us overcome great difficulties such as illness. Without music, I can not even imagine how we would have survived. It gave us a voice. The voice we didn’t have when we were younger.

Kreyolicious: Now you are part of a group with two leading members. How do you handle creative differences?
Bel: I have to say, it works pretty well. I write lyrics and Quinn composes the music. If there are differences, we take the time to discuss them and we always manage to find common ground.

Kreyolicious: You been to Haiti yet?
Bel: Not yet, but I have to go. I want to go [this year] if possible.
Canadian-Haitian Jazz Duo Bel and Quinn
Kreyolicious: When do you feel the most beautiful?
Bel: When I’m on stage, I feel beautiful and confident. Being able to sing and share my music gives me incredible strength. I’m not afraid of anything.

Kreyolicious: What’s the music scene like right now in Canada?
Bel: Right now, there are different things going on. If I talk about the jazz scene, it’s not accessible. It’s not easy. It lacks opportunities for artists of cultural diversity. By cons, there are multiple festivals. During summer, Montreal vibrates with music.
Bel and Quinn Canadian-Haitian Jazz Duo
Did you miss my interview with Bel’s other half? CLICK HERE to read the interview with Quinn!

VISIT the sisters’ website| Bel and Quinn on Youtube | Bel and Quinn on Twitter

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