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With Carlos Harleaux
Thursday, September 01, 2016 11:28 PM

Rochelle Rice: An Amazing 'Wonder' (Part 2)

By: Carlos Harleaux

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I literally stumbled upon Rochelle Rice's music in 2015. During that time, I was promoting the Kickstarter for my first novel, Fortune Cookie. Rochelle was also running a Kickstarter campaign during that same time for her debut EP, Wonder. I was immediately drawn to her authentic spirit and fantastic voice. Plus, I've been looking to broaden my Jazz horizons with new music. After hearing some of her music, I knew that I had to support her project. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when I received her CD. Her voice is flawless and not in the Beyonce kind of way. She has great music and socially conscious thoughts to back it up. Check out some of the highlights of our interview below. Read part 1 of the interview HERE or check out the full audio allow.

You’ve performed and recorded with various groups, including House of Soul, Afro Blue and Sweet Honey in the Rock. What have your group projects prepared you for?

I sang with House of Soul, Afro Blue and I’m also a sub for Sweet Honey in the Rock. The preparation they gave me is the studio time. The energy and interaction from performing in front of a live audience is different from being isolated in the studio. Some artists do like the studio better, but for me it’s a little bit of a struggle. Don’t get me wrong, I give all of myself in the recording. But it just seems very natural to have the audience sharing the experience with me. Also, and this is especially true with Afro Blue, being able to fine tune my ear for what’s going on around me. With jazz music too, it’s never the same. You have to be listening and also flexible to move in the moment. I definitely would not give up my solo singing to be in a group though.

I noticed that you’re a big advocate for social justice. Considering this year’s presidential election, if you were one of the nominees what is the platform you would stand behind?

You know, I have my little conspiracy theories. I think we need reform of our healthcare systems, specifically pharmaceuticals. Also as it relates to the food we consume. We have a cycle of sick foods going in and medicines going in to keep us alive longer. But we’re still sick. It’s just not sound to me. I think while healthcare is still an extremely lucrative business. A huge part of why we’re sick though is because of the poison allowed in this country that’s put in our food. I would start with food, agriculture and the factory system.

Purchase Rochelle Rice’s debut EP, Wonder, at RochelleRiceMusic.com or any online retailer.

You can also find Rochelle on the following social media platforms

Facebook: Rochelle Rice Music

Twitter: @RochelleRice

Instagram: @Rochellellella