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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23: Grammy award-winning artist Mya attends the 5th Annual DC Tapfest at Duke Ellington School of the Arts on March 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Mya)

Vixen Chat: Mya Shares a Secret and Dishes on 'With Love'

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Everybody knows Mya as the multitalented singer that collaborated with Silk The Shocker, danced for Sisqo and even tap danced on camera. Whether you're in  love or nursing a fresh break up, her voice has provided the soundtrack to our ever changing love lives. This Valentine's Day, her 4–track EP, With Love, spoke to the four elements of a good relationship. The single star's latest offering--a mixture of work from 2012 and 2013--is just the beginning as the DC native promises "a lot of Mya" in 2014.

Are  you ready for more of Ms. Moodring? Since our last fitness encounter, Mya's been plotting a return to music and even shared a secret or two.

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No love, no relationship?

Well I got love around me in different forms, but I’m not in a relationship.

It seems that your new 4 track EP was inspired by love.

Well yeah, you know I stay in the studio. A couple of them I did in 2012 and I did in 2013, so you know I thought those were more appropriate for February 14th in particular, so that’s why they sound the way they do.

What inspired you to drop an EP of Valentine’s Day?

It’s crazy how God works. I always drop something on Valentine’s day or Christmas for my fans whether it's some merchandise, a single, a nice little independent video, an album...I said "You know what ? I have all of this music just sitting around; let me talk to the producers and see what I can work out as an independent artist." So I talked to Yonny [The Producer]...He did three out of the four tracks and I worked with Antione Hart. We started chopping it up and we all just sat down talked about it and I agreed that maybe not to give people too much, but something as an appetizer; short, sweet, simple for Valentine’s Day and those just happened to be the pieces of production that I thought worked well together.

I personally gravitated towards “Space.” It was a very cool way to look at wanting to be around your man and not wanting space for him. So how did you guys work that out in the studio?

Well Latisha Hyman is out of New York.  We got together on the writing tip first to discuss what we wanted to talk about. The concept was totally opposite of what it is right now though. The first concept was I need some space and I said, "why don’t we flip it and make it we don’t want any space. I need you to suffocate me more. I need you to elevate me in this relationship; don’t be afraid to take me to a higher place because that’s really what it's supposed to be. Don’t pull back, I’m ready."

Which track is your favorite?

Honestly, I can’t tell you because they all represent different flavors and different things. I would have to say "Space" is more unplugged and it does feel like space to me.  I love live band instrumentation and I love '70s pimp music, so that’s what that is for me. Now “Like A Woman” is a little bit more vulnerable and softer and it’s acoustic so they don’t compare. I like that from a lyrical perspective and a personal perspective. “House Party” is just a sexy groove, but it makes me want to do a two-step and actually dance with somebody, but not get ratchet.  And then “Do It” is the after party after the party, behind closed doors--where things can happen.

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What has been the fan's reaction?

I can drop something really wack and my core fans would probably like it because it’s been a minute since I released something [laughs], so they’re just happy to have content. But the general consensus is that they’re very proud of this growth, the maturity, the grown and sexy factor, some of the lyrics and the flavor musically because I don’t think they’ve heard me deliver this type of style all in one package. The package is very small, so it’s not chasing anything. It’s nothing like the international albums or mixtapes I have, but it’s just Mya being Mya and I think they understand that.

Will there be any music videos for this EP?

It’s always a possibility--I’m kicking around some ideas. Me and my guitarist got snowed in the studio the other night and we had to shovel our way out, but we were doing some filming in the studio just really intimate. Maybe a little unplugged but really personal--like from my living room or something.

When will we have an album?

I might not call it an album, but it might be an extended EP or a couple of different EP;s but definitely a lot of Mya. I can’t really tell you what it’s going to b,e but you are going to get content from me in 2014.

Will you be incorporating dance into your new work?

Well, that’s always the goal. My focus is just to make an incredible album first and make sure I have the right team players around me before I release an album professionally, majorly or independently.  Dance is always going to be in my regime. 

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How is it being independent?

Independent has it pros, but it also has its cons. Independent --you know there’s a lot of pressure [because] some people's expectations from you, but it’s a wonderful market to be in because you can directly connect to your fans and not have interference of maybe a company or lose control of who you are as a person and get lost in the shuffle. I’m going to be honest with you--it's very expensive for one individual and it can be very stifling if you are not quick to do that as a human being by yourself.  You gotta be a stone cold hustler and you gotta go out and get it how you get it, but you also have to have team players that are willing say, "I understand your position, I understand that you’re not the world bank, but let’s try to get there together." Everybody can’t be charging you 100k a track--that’s not how it’s going to work, otherwise it’s not going to come out.

What’s one of the greatest lessons you’ve learned?

Oh Gosh, I could write a book[laughs],  but I think staying true to who you are-even if that means that you have to actually take a break to figure out what your truth is. Getting your mind and spirit right are more important than anything else because that’s the tool that’s going to attract things. If you are not being true to yourself ,then expect to attract what you’re projecting. Get to know you; you might love to sing, dance 0r do make-up, but if you are doing it for the wrong reasons, you will always be in the system of chasing for the wrong reasons and probably leave feeling empty, not satisfied, or fulfilled because your soul is not in it.

If you can work with any 5 artists-- who would they be?

Oh my goodness. I would want to work with Lauryn Hill--she’s an incredible writer. I’ve been listening to The Miseducation [of Lauryn Hill] recently and I have a newfound respect for it as a grown woman. It came out when I was a young girl and I still have to look up certain words in the dictionaries and do some biblical references. Secondly, Prince-- that’s always been on my list; incredible musician and performer. Quincy Jones as a producer always intrigued me.  You’re probably going to laugh at this one, but I’ve always wanted to work with Dolly Parton as a songwriter.  It’s so hard to be simple sometimes that I think people everywhere can relate to and she’s a genius at being real.  I guess on the newer side, I really love "All of Me" by John Legend. He’s a great musician, so I would like to sit down with him and write something different.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

Did you know I was a vegetarian? I’ve been a vegetarian for years at a time, but this year I made the permanent change because I’ve been on and off and then I go vegan starting in July.  Now it’s a part of my life commitment.

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