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NOT JUST A VOICENIKITA GERMAINE has released her seocnd LP 'JUST KITA' fifteen years following her 1993 NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN-produced debut 'AS SWEET AS IT COMES'. GERMAINE has spent the time in between, doing exactly what she is was supposed to be doing; singing. This NARADA MICAHEL WALDEN protegee has been busy in the studio and on stage with various WALDEN projects all the while waiting for the right time and the right producer to work with."I had met people but the timing was never right and when I finally met up with KEVIN 'DARKSIDE' SMITH, who produced the CD, it was like magic!" says GERMAINE. "Everything clicked and it felt like it was right . Sometimes it takes a while for something good to happen. That's how I look at it."
NIKITA GERMAINE TALKS TO ROCKWIRED
ABOUT HER LATEST CD 'JUST KITA'
WORKING WITH KEVIN 'DARKSIDE' SMITH
AND FINALLY BEING ABLE TO EXPRESS HERSELF
INTERVIEWED BY BRIAN LUSH
The title 'JUST KITA' says it all. Other than the album's opening track and first single '911 L.O.V.E.', 'JUST KITA' boasts not only the top notch production of KEVIN 'DARKSIDE' SMITH, but NIKITA GERMAINE - the songwriter. Though she is no stranger to songwriting (DIANA ROSS's 1995 hit 'TAKE ME HIGHER' was co-written by her, WALDEN and SALLY JO DAKOTA) NIKITA wears her heart on her sleeve for this neo-soul gem of an album and lets the whole world know that she is not just a voice.
ROCKWIRED spoke with NIKITA GERMAINE over the phone. Here is how it went.
You've got a great CD out. Why did it take you so long after releasing your debut CD in 1993?
In that time, I was still singing and doing stuff with NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN and trying to find the right person to work with. That was a challenge in itself. Of course, I had met people but the timing was never right and whenI finally met up with KEVIN 'DARKSIDE' SMITH, who produced the CD, it was like magic! Everything clicked and it felt like it was right . Sometimes it takes a while for something good to happen. That's how I look at it.
So you weren't interested in working with NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN for this project?
I wouldn't say that. He was very busy doing his own projects, and like I said, it's all about timing and he was instrumental on this project on one of the songs.
Other than the change in producers, what's different this time around.
This time around, I was more instrumental creatively. I did most of the writing on this album and I co-produced. I was a little more hands on this time around and I didn't get a a chance to do that on the first record. That alone was a big thing for me.
With all the work that went into making this CD behind you, how do you feel about the CD, now that it's out there for everyone to hear?
I'm excited of course because like I said before I had the chance to be creative and to express me, NIKITA. That there for me is like chocolate with whipped cream on top. I'm excited that people are going to be able to see what I can do and hear what I have to say.
What drew you to music specifically in the beginning?
I don't know. It just came naturally to me when I was a kid . My sister told me that when I was a little baby, I was always screaming around the house. I'm the youngest out of nine kids and I remember as a kid we used to entertain my mother and father especially on rainy days when we would perform as a choir and do little talent shows in the house. So it came naturally to me.
And it sounds like you had support with eight other siblings.
Oh yes. I definitely had that.
Is anyone else in your family in music?
I have a nephew who works with rappers. He's living in Southern California, but as far as singing, I'm the only one.
You've shared stages with some big people.
Yes I have.
Are there any in particular that stand out for you?
I would have to say STEVIE WONDER, NARADA, and CHAKA KHAN. I have to say that all of this happened because of NARADA and working with him. Being in the company of someone like STEVIE WONDER was incredible! This was somebody that you view as this music icon as you are growing and then all of a sudden you are in the same room with him standing around a piano and practicing a song with him. It was great.
So I can gather that STEVIE was played heavily as you were growing up.
Yes, but I have to say that GLADYS KNIGHT is my all time favorite. I haven't had a chance to work with her yet, but I feel that it's going to happen one day.
How did your working relationship with KEVIN 'DARKSIDE' SMITH begin?
I met him through my girlfriend who is his now wife. She and I have sung together for many years. When I met him, I told him that I was looking for somebody to work with and that I had heard what he had done with her first project and I thought it was great. He told me 'Let me hear what you have.' and I brought him a demo of all of these songs and one thing led to another and my CD came.
Did songwriting begin with this CD or was it something that you had started years before?
The first song that I ever wrote was when I was eight or nine years old. I had the pleasure of co-writing a song with NARADA and SALLY JO DACODA years later. That was 'TAKE ME HIGHER' for DIANA ROSS. I've been writing for years but now I had a chance to do my CD. I've always been a writer. I just never had music behind it. Just the melody and the words.
Explain to me, if you can, how the songs the songs were written for this album.
I have to say that the songs on the album were written a while ago. Some of them are more recent than others. Some of them come from personal experiences and some are just songs about other peoples experiences that I have witnessed. These songs sort of express how I feel about life itself. That was how they came to me.
Are there any songs from this album that sort of stand out for you at the moment and why?
The tracks that is the most close to my heart is the song aboutmy mother 'BECAUSE OF YOU'. I lost my mother six years ago and its basically a song about how much she meant tome and impact she had had on my life. It's because of her that I'm a stronger woman. Because of her, I learned how to love and be true to who I am. I think the song speaks for iself when you hear it.
You've got a lot music on this CD. How long did it take to get everything recorded and completed?
I would say about two and a half years.
What would you like someone to come away with after they've heard it?
I would like for them to came away feeling good and for them to look forward to seeing me perform in their hometown.