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The single “If You Love Me” was sung with such passion and emotion. It had to come from a personal place. What was the inspiration behind it?
To be honest, I was mad at my husband and he was mad at me. I’m such a down chick [Laughs]. I just believe in working things out. I don’t believe in being mad and angry for so long. If you guys love each other, stop acting like it’s the end of the world! Just come to an agreement where you guys can just move on. I believe in fighting for the right thing. When you’re going through things, it’s the perfect time to write because you’re going to have so much to pour out of your heart—and that’s what I did. I wrote “If You Love Me” in, like, 15 minutes. It just came all out of me and turned into this beautiful song. I played off of our situation and I played it for him the next day. He was like, “Wow, this is beautiful!” He almost shed a tear—he doesn’t cry off of anything! [Laughs]
Is that song going to be on the EP?
Yes, it’s definitely going to be on the EP. I'm titling it Take 1. There’s going to be lots of songs on there like “If You Love Me." Lots of soul, lots of R&B. Also, a lot of experimenting with a live instrumentation. It’s coming soon. I’m really excited about it. It’s so me, so revealing. I really can’t wait for people to hear it.
We're definitely excited for soul to be brought back into R&B.
Yes! That’s what I’m trying to do. Hopefully, people get the message when it comes out. I’m trying to stick to my R&B roots. The things you’ll hear on the EP are just me. When you hear the music, you’re going to feel it.
You’re 19, married and now pregnant. What do you have to say to people who think you’re too young for all of this?
You know, everyone has different life walks. I can’t step into anyone else’s journey and they can't step into mine. All we can do is learn from each other. With that being said, I had a different life. Some experiences I’ve been through have made me the person that I am. I’ve made decisions based off of my maturity. When people look at me, it’s so hard for them to believe that I’m not the average 19-year-old. I graduated high school at a very young age, I started in this business when I was 9 years old, I got signed when I was 10, and I was doing a lot on my own. That’s kind of how I’ve lived my life for the past 10 years. And all of this is real. When I got married, it was a decision that I feel was a great one. I just don’t want to explore and date a lot. To each his own. However, I feel like when you find someone who is genuine, especially in this industry, who really has your best interest, and you really love each other, why not? A lot of people are not going to understand that, but they have to understand that a lot of things that I’ve done in my life, I had to do on my own. I’ve been on my own for a very long time, so I had to learn different things earlier than a lot of people my age.
You guys have been married for 2 years, and you’re 19. Did you get married at 17?
I was actually married at 18. Our anniversary is coming up this year in September so I just say two years. My Birthday is in August—I was legal [Laughs].