"You grew up singing. It was just a hobby. I was a preacher's kid. It was what you were expected to do," she said.
Her sultry, crystal clear voice amply reflects qualities of her personal musical icons and inspirations: Jill Scott, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughn and Billie Holiday.
"I love those singers," she said. "I would consider myself to be a jazz/soul singer. But listening to 'Twenty Twelve,' you'll hear the soul and neo-soul music in the music as well as a little gospel."
After the album came out, it landed a spot on the UK Soul Chart Top 30 on Starpoint Radio for eight weeks straight, she said.
After moving to Charlotte, Canada sang as much as she could. "Churches, pubs, open mics -- wherever anyone would have me, I would sing. You meet up with other people that take you to another level."
With businessman Mitch Vaugh, she started up Jevenity Music Entertainment, which released her debut CD. "The puzzle all came together. It's still coming together. It's a journey to me," she said.
She still has a cleaning company in Charlotte, she noted. "But we're not taking clients because the gigs are picking up.
"My goal is to dive completely into entertainment. I'm probably out maybe twice a week. I'm still promoting my album and trying to develop a fan base in the Charlotte area. Sometimes it can be a slow process, but I believe in what I'm doing."
Her dream is that her music and message gets heard globally.
"I never felt like I was just a singer. I'm a motivational speaker. I'm actually working on two books right now. The music accompanies what it is I do. I've always seen myself traveling the world and sharing the gifts I have."
Love Art also features music by the Liberty World Percussion Ensemble, Tofujitsu and Qiet; poetry by Granny Sue, Kent Shaw and Robert Wallace; scenes from "Lend Me a Tenor" by the Kanawha Players; short films from the West Virginia International Film Festival; dance instruction and a fine art exhibit from regional artists plus drinks and appetizers.
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