Catching Up With Gloria Ry’ann

Wednesday June 16th, 2010 / 15:08 Written by

Gloria Ry'ann1I was excited to receive a preview of Gloria Ry’ann’s music from Stevie Soul because as we music enthusiasts can attest, Stevie knows good music. And, Gloria Ry’ann is making it.

The Chicago native moved to New York to pursue her music career and it’s obvious that she made a very wise decision. Not only has Gloria brought her impressive four-octave vocal range to several national tv shows including the Today Show and the Mo’Nique Show, but she has also performed with such artists as Jennifer Hudson, Patti Labelle, Ashford & Simpson and the late Teddy Pendergrass. Gloria has released two singles, O.M.G. and Back With You.

Gloria Ry’ann says music is the “fabric of her soul”. I’d say that’s the perfect description for an artist who is quickly weaving her way into more of our iPods. She kindly answered a few questions about what inspires her music and her future plans.

Mimi Soul: What are some of the things that influence your music?

Gloria: My different experiences growing up and my desire to learn about the artists I appreciate and love and who they listened to and learned from.

Mimi Soul: Could you tell us more about your song Back With You?

Gloria: Back With You is my second release and is now available on CD Baby and will be available on iTunes, Amazon and everywhere else.  The inspiration for the song came from just realizing that sometimes we take people and loved ones for granted and we don’t tell how we feel until it’s too late.

Mimi Soul: You’ve worked with such legends as Ashford & Simpson, Patti Labelle and Teddy Pendergrass. How have those experiences influenced your sound?

Gloria: They changed the face of music and I was able to learn from being in their presence. The direct influence on my sound comes from the way they worked at their craft. Even though they are legends, they worked on their craft every day. I try to emulate that and maintain the same work ethic that they displayed when I’m working. They are all very unique and have distinct sounds and I think I am unique as well.

Mimi Soul: Which artists and producers would you like to work with in the future?

Gloria: Stevie Wonder, Raphael Saadiq, Richard Rudolph, Leon Ware, Maxwell and Sy Smith

Mimi Soul: If you were to write a song about your journey as an independent artist, what would be the title and why?

Gloria: It would be called So Thankful, because I take nothing for granted. I’m aware that nothing happens overnight and I appreciate the people that I’ve met and the people who have allowed me to work with them. I don’t take my talent for granted. It’s God-given it’s something that I was born with.

Mimi Soul: What can we expect from you this year?

Gloria: You can expect me to release my EP this summer and in support of its release I plan on doing a lot of traveling and performing across the country and overseas. I’ll also be releasing a few music videos in support of the project. I’m currently in the studio working on my full length project. Expect a few surprises and guest appearances.

Mimi Soul: I’d like to ask a fun question. If you had to part with all of your music except three albums, which three would you have to keep?

Gloria: Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key of Life, Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits, Miles Davis – Kinda of Blue and bonus cds Minnie Riperton- Perfect Angel, Chaka Khan’s Greatest Hits and John Coltrane – A Love Supreme.

Thanks Gloria! I’ll let you all know as soon as I hear more about her EP. In the meantime, be sure to follow her at the links below.

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