This is true. People have been talking about me most of my life some good and some bad – but one is true ‘they’ keep talking and I keep doing. If we all did things worried about opinions of others – where would we be? Where would I be? Those opinions are irrelevant at the end of the day – never one to follow the crowd or popular opinion I say – you have a brain, instincts, savvy, smarts – use them! Who cares what someone else thinks, often the negative chatter is rife with fear, jealousy, envy and resentment anyway. If you believe in something or have a dream or goal for the right reasons – go after it.
My father would always tell me as a little girl “It’s not what others think about you – it’s what you think and believe about yourself.” A great lesson for life and self-esteem. Do You!
I received so much love today on my Facebook and Twitter feeds from fans and various media outlets – it’s overwhelming in a way because I wish it was possible to give each person a thank you hug of appreciation. These acts of kindness and affection toward me are never taken for granted. It gives strength to my wings that are always being challenged in one way or another (like anyone else) and reminds how music touches so many people.
Continuing to grow, evolve and appreciate the blessing and gift of life, health, love, motherhood, true friendship, music, career and so much more is what I’m about.
It’s strange how some will always see a person as they were – and not who they’ve grown into isn’t it? I also encounter this from time to time. I never think of age until others bring it up – it keeps my spirit young to let go of things and to not worry about getting ‘older.’ The only thing that gets me melancholy is missing my children being little – but reveling in the moment of the beauty of our relationship and closeness that remains solid. We gain a few pounds..our hormones and priorities shift..when you realize how much life is behind you – and really makes you appreciate and become even more selfish thinking of the life ahead of you – the now. Who you’re with, new goals, new dreams..new directions forward..what you’re working toward..it all becomes clearer with age.
I spoke to someone recently who I have not talked to in decades and was fine with that. It stood out how stuck in the past they were, delusional – even. I listened quietly not relating; but wishing them well. Life and time marches on. Celebrate today’s life, embrace your journey – we’re all travelers just passing through. Make it count no matter how large or small. Here’s to all that is most important in life..in our lives..in our lifetime!
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The PARADISE candles are back in stock. PARADISE is spa like for relaxation with citrus and vanilla undernotes but not too sweet. SANCTUARY is exotic, sensual and warm. It’s wonderful to know that everyone who has purchased them is enjoying the candles, has a favorite and re-ordering.Candles add so much atmosphere to any apartment, home, living space. Comfort, healing, illumination, atmosphere and the symbol of hope and love to me. I don’t go a day without burning candles – I wake up praying and meditating after lighting candles. My children’s friends when would always call our house ‘calming.’ Candles were always burning on the most raucous playdates. I travel with candles when I leave home to do concerts, and also burn them in my dressing room. You get the point.
I’d like to expand and add a ‘Nightlife’ candle to the collection. We are low on stock on quite a few of the T-shirts and once they’re gone, that’s it so don’t miss out on these limited edition items. Thinking of doing another run of the limited edition PARADISE EP – with a new twist – perhaps exclusive DANCER remixes, revised art… Stay tuned.
We’re working on new merchandise for spring. Shop Now: Here
It’s in the music!
“A Night of Timeless R&B” in Philadelphia on November 15, 2014 was a lot of fun. Doing the new show and it’s blend of classics making them feel new again and the what’s now of PARADISE is energizing. The ladies are enthralled with new addition Paul’Micael Bair handling the male leads of SHALAMAR ™ reminiscent to some of a young El Debarge mixed with Justin Timberlake – while for my ears having his own developing style. It’s really hit packed and energetic from start to finish which ends with some of my own signature solo hits. I met some super people like Brian Walmer who is continuously supportive of the new music, Patty Jackson from WDAS and radio personality Muthaknows. Put your hands in the air doesn’t need much prompting. Good vibes all around.
Once arriving home, I was beyond ecstatic to spend a week with my daughter Lauren who was visiting from the bay. Cooking, just hanging out in our lightweights aka pajama’s or comfy clothes – getting to watch “Scandal” together, talking politics, current events, pop culture..dining out, shopping for makeup at our favorite spot and just overall spending time being together. I’m so happy that we have the relationship we do and that I put the time in from day one to be present – and remain so. I cherish time spent with family and friends. The week was capped off with dinner at our favorite Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse with my Mom and one of my nieces. We shared so many laughs – the only person missing was my son Arie, we had a creme brûlée’ for him – this is life!
Celebrating one of my closet friends choreographer, dancer Rosero McCoy was also on this week’s schedule. Dancing with Rosero and friends (including my other best friend Wallace Butts) was another moment to reflect on the meaningful things in life – and the people we have it our lives. There was one moment we were all dancing and I really took it all in – the moment, the joy, the smiles and thought this is what life’s all about. Not fair weathered or superficial people who come and go at a whim but the people you know who will be there for you, appreciate honesty without holding it against you and always ready to roll through life’s ups and downs, not social climbers – just friends. Laughter, music, dancing, good food, quality people and friendship – indeed another slice of paradise.
PARADISE candles are nearly sold-out! Get yours today and the music to go with it.
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PARADISE iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/paradise/id901587446?uo=4
UP NEXT 2014:
Cache Creek Resort and Casino with SHALAMAR ™ November 29, 2014
New York Private Event with SHALAMAR ™ Decemer 12, 2014
Manchester, England Charity Private Event December 14, 2014
Billboard Live Tokyo with SHALAMAR ™ December 28, 2014
Billboard Live Osaka with SHALAMAR ™ December 30-31, 2014
One of my favorite splurges and items in the world are great candles. I burn candles everyday, take them with me when I travel. Fragrant and comforting – they are a plus to ant home or environment. The theme for my new album “PARADISE” really lends itself to this extension of me that I’m excited to share with you. The scents are my favorites and I’m sure you’ll love and enjoy as much as I do.
This limited edition candle set ‘PARADISE’ and ‘SANCTUARY’ comes elegantly packaged in classic white box with black logo lettering and image on opposite side of box (autographed upon special request). The ‘PARADISE’ candle is in the citrus family of scents; a delicate lemon verbena with subtle vanilla notes taking you away from the stress of everyday life, very spa like. The ‘SANCTUARY’ candle is a sexy calming blend of mesquite wood, neroli and oak moss. You will truly leave the world behind with the ‘SANCTUARY’ candle. The fragrant soy wax candles are made with the highest quality of soy blend wax with cotton wicks formulated to fill up a room, burn clean and last a long time. Burn time approx. 50 hours for each.
Pre-Order Today: Here
“PARADISE” the EP available at digital outlets worldwide.
“PARADISE” – the limited edition CD currently sold-out in the boutique, other limited edition merchandise in stock: Here
I love this – beauty and joy from the inside out. Let you thoughts become your actions as well.