SINGER OPENS IN CONCERT FOR THE ICONIC LEGEND DIONNE WARWICK
SINGER OPENS IN CONCERT FOR THE ICONIC LEGEND DIONNE WARWICK
SINGER AND SONGWRITER UPCOMING GIG AT BAM MUSIC FESTIVAL
This professionally trained Jazz Vocalist was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Although being trained in Jazz, this up and coming singer/songwriter adds R&B, Rock and Roll and other genres of music to her repertoire. She is known for her smooth vocals and electrifying performances. She cites the sounds of the ’80s and ’90s as inspiration, and with her music in the 21st century and on, she wishes to inspire, uplift and motivate those around the world with her beautiful work. This captivating young woman is none other than Aleecya Foreman. However, her stage name is simply and effectively ‘Aleecya’.
During her career, she has opened up for the infamous Dionne Warwick and has also performed in the famous Bijou Theater venue in Bridgeport, Wednesday Nite Live in Stamford and Poetry Undressed in Massachusetts to just name a few. Secondly, she also performs with her four piece band consisting of piano, bass, drums, and one wonderful background vocalist. When Aleecya is asked about her band she simply replies, "They are more than just people playing for me, these are my friends and I am truly blessed to be able to perform with them."
We were honored to sit down and discuss with her about her experiences in this industry, what she wants to accomplish in her life, and how being a woman in music.
- Mary Swanson
NIE - Thank you for taking your time and having this interview with us. Congratulations on opening up for the infamous Dionne Warwick. Tell us all about the experience. And how was it opening for such an icon? Please include when, where, why, and what songs you performed and why those songs.
Aleecya - I opened up for Ms. Dionne Warwick the summer of 2017 in Stamford, Connecticut’s “Alive@Five” concert series and it was one of the greatest experiences ever! It was also my first time opening up for a major artist. I was helping an artist and friend of mine from Stamford with his set and we performed some of his original pieces to a crowd of about 300 people, so that was also one of the biggest crowds I’ve performed in front of at the time. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet and talk to her, but I did see her perform and she was amazing as always.
NIE - You were chosen to perform at the BAMS Festival in June. Congratulations! Tell us how excited you are? How did you this process happen? And what does it mean to you to be selected and how will this impact your career?
Aleecya - Yes! I’m performing at the BAMS [Boston Art & Music Soul] Festival in June with my four piece band, thank you! I’m very excited and honored to be chosen to perform. It’s going to be great. I’m going to be debuting some music from my up and coming EP along with some covers by artist that have inspired me over the years. I am one of 19 from 2,500 performers chosen to perform in the Festival. I didn’t apply to perform, I was actually approached by one of the curators of the Festival after I did soundcheck at an event in Hartford, CT. My band and I work really hard and being chosen to perform is showing that all the hard work is truly paying off. I know this is going to be a huge learning experience for me and I hope this leads to bigger and better opportunities to perform and to really get myself out there as an artist.
“Never give up… be yourself and don’t be afraid to stick up for yourself.
- Aleecya Foreman
NIE - How do you prepare yourself for a show? And how do you overcome your nerves? What helps you perform to the best of your ability?
Aleecya - I continue my daily routine of doing my vocal warm ups in the morning. I’ve also gotten into the habit of exercising everyday to build duration for performing and because I simply want to be healthy. Other than those two things, I get together with my band and we continuously go over each and every detail, from transitions to modulations, accents and more until its clean and performance ready.
I don’t get nervous anymore, but when I did, I use to find an empty room or go somewhere by myself and hype myself up. I would also breath really hard because I could feel my nervousness in my stomach and breathing hard would get rid of it.
One thing that helps me to perform at the best of my ability is to know that my rehearsals went well and the people around me feel good about performing. I don’t like to feel and I don’t want anyone around me feeling iffy about the performance. Another thing that helps me perform to my best ability is knowing that I have the chance to inspire someone or to make someone day better by singing and being the entertainer that I am.
NIE - Where did the desire to be in the music industry stem from?
Aleecya - I grew up around music. My father had the huge vinyl records in our attic and before my brother I would go to bed, my father would bring us upstairs and we would listen to music on his record player. He had everything; Hip Hop, Disco, Pop. He had it all.
“Be the jack of all trades in your craft so no one can stop you from reaching your goals.”
- Aleecya Foreman
My mother would always listen to what my father called, “sappy music”, in the car when I was younger. “Sappy Music” turned out to be ballads, like Patti Labelle’s ‘If Only You knew’, Luther VanDross ‘A House Is Not A Home’ and more. At first I couldn’t stand listening to these songs, but when I grew a little older Patti and Luther became two people on my top ten favorite artist list.
NIE - Those are great artists. Where will you be performing next?
Aleecya - I will be performing on May 25th at BPT Creates in Bridgeport Connecticut. This is a show of my own. I’m celebrating my birthday and graduation by inviting some of my artist friends to perform. There will be poets, rappers, singers and live painting. I'll also be performing a thirty minute set of originals and covers with my band.
NIE - That is exciting. We hope your show is a phenomenal hit. As a musician, what would you say is the biggest asset for artists in the industry to achieve?
Aleecya - Adaptability. Being able to move with the times while still be able to stay true to yourself as an artist is very important.
NIE - I completely agree with you. Could you help us out with something - What are some of your secret tips that help you in this industry to keep grounded and focused?
Aleecya - My friends and family are my secret. What better way to stay grounded than to keep people around that will keep it real with you no matter what. When I’m down they pick me up and they are always there when I need them the most and vice versa.
NIE - Always surround yourself with good vibes. Speaking of which, who inspires you?
Aleecya - My family inspires me. They are my biggest supporters. Especially my mom and dad. I’ve seen them go through so much, but always get back up and keep moving forward. They inspire me to do the same.
Some artist that inspire me are Chaka Chan, Sade and Prince. Oh! and Eleanor Powell. I got [a] thing for tap dancing.
NIE - Tap dancing huh? Sounds like fun. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to pursue a career in music?
Aleecya - Go all in, work hard and stay consistent. Keep people around you that want you to grow and have you in their best wishes. And the times where you feel down, just look at yourself in the mirror say “I got this” because you do and keep it moving.
NIE - What is the most impactful words of wisdom someone told you and who was it?
Aleecya - Be the jack of all trades in your craft so no one can stop you from reaching your goals. Unfortunately I forgot who said it me. It was a while back.
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NIE - Even still those are great words to live by. What are three things you would say to your younger self that you know now?
Aleecya - Never give up. When I was younger, I would start something and if anything went wrong I didn’t want to finish it. I obviously grew out of that, but I wish it would’ve been sooner. Also, be yourself and don’t be afraid to stick up for yourself.
NIE - Last but not least, anyone you would like to give a shoutout to?
Aleecya - Yes, I’d like to thank my mom, my dad and my big bro. I’d also like to thank my band mates because they are awesome. Thank you to all of my supporters. And, I’d like to thank the RNF team for having me on this platform.