We love asking our talents to share their stories, their hopes, and their passions. We are happy to introduce Zohra, an artist that has joined our platform and loves performing! With two record deals, one in Dubai and the other in New York City, it’s clear that she has the talent to entertain, so let’s see what she has to say:
How long have you been an artist?
I have been singing since I was 3 and performed in talent shows and competitions throughout my childhood, when I was 13 I wrote and recorded my first song and I was offered my first record deal at 16 which was 12 years ago!
When did you decide you wanted to be an entertainer?
I don’t believe I ever made that decision, it was just who I was lol. My mother has home videos of me being 1 years old, I could not talk but I could sing a whole song! Even when I was 3 I would rehearse in my room and when we had family come over I would ask if I could perform for them. Nobody ever pushed me to perform or take part in shows but I always had this feeling innately that I should and I always loved the spotlight.
Are you happy with your choice to be an artist?
Yes, I made a decision in recent years not to pursue being a recording artist because I realised that having managers and labels telling you how to sing took the joy out of it for me. I hated being auto-tuned or having effects on my recordings as I felt it was taking away a part of me. I only perform now if it is live and I think that has been a really good choice for me.
How often do you get gigs?
Not often enough which is why I have signed up to Talents List! :p
Do you do professional work, or are you a full-time entertainer?
Why did you decide to be an artist’s?
I didn’t ever decide, It was always instinctual.
What are your plans for the future?
I would love to use my Travel Blog to allow me to perform in different parts of the world! I hope to secure more bookings in Dubai so that I can get gigs regularly and feel that sense of satisfaction that only singing can give me.
What new music or other art forms do you like? How do they inspire your own talent?
I love all sorts of music but I think my inspiration comes from the Golden Oldies! I love the late 50’s and 60’s, Nina Simone is incredible and has this ability to take you back in time with her voice. I like new music too but its just catchy and therefore temporary. Its very rare to find an artist these days who has the ability to create timeless music. I think Adele is one of the few. I take inspiration from artists like her who create something that will resonate within you. I am a songwriter too and I try to write songs that mean something to people rather then something that just gets stuck in their head.
What are your icons/influences?
Nina Simone, Sade, Adele, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston…I loved Beyonce’s earlier stuff and Destinys Child.
What are the 1-3 things you hope to achieve now that you’ve joined Talents List?
To get regular gigs and to grow as a performer.