“The First Lady of the Bay” Jimmie Reign has no problem bridging the gap between Neo-Soul and commercial R&B. With her soft sensual soulful voice and life stories turned into songs Jimmie will have you in the palm of her hands wanting more. This talented and beautiful songstress is proving to her fans that she has more to offer then just another pretty face. Jimmie already has several hit songs receiving radio air play and she is perfecting her debut album so it can be released sometime this year. Jimmie Reign is most definitely going to be the next worldwide R&B diva changing the face of music as we know it.
SayWhatNews: Hey Jimmie, it’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak with you. Tell us who is Jimmie Reign?
Jimmie: Jimmie Reign is a doting mother, a spoiled daughter, a loving sister and a classy woman who stays on her grind.
SayWhatNews: Where did you grow up?
Jimmie: I grew up in the BAY.
SayWhatNews: At what age did you realize your gift of song?
Jimmie: I realized my gift of song when I was about six and started singing in church with my daddy, a minister.
SayWhatNews: At the tender of age of 14 you began working with great producers/artist like Brian Morgan (SWV), Terry Ellis of En Vogue, Paul Anthony of Full Force; what was that like being so young and working with mega talent?
Jimmie: Unfortunately, I didn’t realize who they were until later in life. Looking back I come to realize what a blessing it was, I appreciate it more and I’m glad I can say that I worked with them because they have had huge influence on the way I work now.
SayWhatNews: How were you discovered at such a young age of 14?
Jimmie: I would have to say it was really about being in the right place at the right time and having management that believed in me.
SayWhatNews: Jimmie you are quoted of saying that “Things in your life changed so drastically; and you were “forced to grow up quickly”. What happened and how did it shape and inspire your music?
Jimmie: Growing up I lived in the “ideal two parent home”. I was a little princess and spoiled rotten but when I was around 11 or 12 my parents divorced. My mom became dependent on drugs and my daddy left. She overcame her addiction and she’s been clean and sober for 10 years.
These experiences shaped my music because I started writing poetry as an outlet for my anger and eventually turned my poems into songs. So as a result all of my songs are very biographical.
SayWhatNews: That is wonderful and a true blessing that your mother was able to beat her addiction. Who were your musical influences growing up?
Jimmie: I was influenced by artists such as The Emotions, Debarge, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Groove Theory.
SayWhatNews: How did you become the lead artist with MPRINT Music?
Jimmie: I was with another management company and Meilani was brought in as a co-manager originally. The other management company and I parted ways but I continued my professional relationship with Meilani and MPRINT MUSIC.
SayWhatNews: Jimmie you are more than just a singer; you are a songwriter as well. How do you compose your music?
Jimmie: I listen to beats everyday – my family is probably sick of it by now – but the tracks speak to me and whatever feeling I get from the music, I try to put in words.
SayWhatNews: You have mentioned that when people see you they don’t expect you to sing about the topics that you sing about. Why do you think that is?
Jimmie: I think people see me as a “pretty girl” that probably doesn’t have relationship issues. My songs are about struggles with self esteem and trouble with relationships. I think people expect me to sing sexier or happier songs.
SayWhatNews: You know I don’t know why people assume attractive people don’t have relationship problems just like everyone else. What kind of challenges have you faced?
Jimmie: Definitely having to prove that I am about my business. Also, proving to the men in the industry that I am an equal and trying to prove that my music, although it has a nu-soul feel to it, is just as commercial as regular R&B.
SayWhatNews: Your songs “Make You Wait” “Try’ in To Be Your Girl” and “Superstar” are receiving radio air play with several hot radio stations and Sirius Radio Network. How amazing was that when you learned that your music was on the radio?
Jimmie: It’s surreal and even though I’ve heard my songs played, it’s still weird to hear myself on the radio. I’m blessed and thankful.
SayWhatNews: Now Jimmie I will have to admit I am totally feeling your single “Make You Wait”. What was your inspiration for “Make You Wait”?
Jimmie: Well, I had a crush on a guy friend of mine and after sitting with the track for a couple of days I came up with a melody and the words came from our experience.
SayWhatNews: Who is the male singer on the single “Chasin’ You”? He has a nice sound.
Jimmie: His name is Rae Rosero and he is managed by the owner of the studio I record out of…Shout out to 17 Hertz.
SayWhatNews: What do you want your fans to walk away with when they listen to your music?
Jimmie: I want them to walk away feeling like they just finished a conversation with a good friend. I want them to know that I understand what they’re going through and that my songs hopefully say what they might not know how to.
SayWhatNews: You have opened for some of the hottest acts out, Keyshia Cole; Jagged Edge Latoya London and Bilal. Tell us what that was like?
Jimmie: I took all of those experiences as ways for me to learn how to be a better entertainer. Each one of those artists are different and I took a piece of what they do on stage with me to better my stage presence and overall show.
SayWhatNews: 2008 is starting off to be your year; you are featured in Right On Magazine, Stash Magazine and of course the hottest online magazine SayWhatNews. Are you working on any new projects?
Jimmie: I’m completely focused on my albums. I’d like to get into acting but that’s later on down the line.
SayWhatNews: When can we expect your album to be released?
Jimmie: I’m really taking my time with this one so I am hoping to release it by the middle of the year, if not before.
SayWhatNews: What’s in the future for Jimmie Reign?
Jimmie: I just want to make more good music and live comfortably off of my craft.
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