R&B Vet Adina Howard who burst on the 90’s music scene with the signature staple “Freak Like Me” and “Nasty Grind”, weigh in on her new project Resurrection, profound meaning behind her latest single “Blasphemy”, being Independent and what’s next...
TERRANCE: In our first interview you mentioned releasing an album wasn’t your focus so bring me to date with what prompted you to record your new project Resurrection.
ADINA HOWARD: My husband actually prompted me; the universe prompted me. Realizing the divine told me that my platform had a purpose and the divine was using my husband to urge me to create another project, I was like Okay gotcha! So it was a combination of the universe speaking through my husband and him saying Adina you have one more in you, just do this last project and so because of that I was like, you know what? Fine I'll go ahead and do it and the divine had put everything in alignment with the producers, songwriters, rapper Tyler “King Gas” Gaston who reached out to me and sent me a song I fell in love with which was the first song he wrote specifically for me which is “Radiation” and when I heard that song I was like this is Everything! And when we had our conversation he was like what is it that you want? We started working and Tyler was heaven sent I knew because of the chemistry that everything was right about moving forward with the project.
TERRANCE: What was that like collaborating with Tech N9ne on "Radiation"?
ADINA HOWARD: Everything!! He is my number one rapper and to be able to connect with him and say I have to have you on this song and for him to say yeah okay mama I got you was like Yasss! (laughs). So it was amazing to work with him and to get the greenlight because he is a hard one to lock down.
TERRANCE: One of my favorite stand out tracks is “Love Jonez” what was the recording process like for that song?
ADINA HOWARD: Easy breezy. There wasn’t any incense, candles and things of that nature (laughs). It was just a regular recording session and I had some extra sexy music in my ears and music for me, whatever it conjures up emotionally I inject that into the song.
TERRANCE: If there’s one song off the album that best represent your current state of mind what would it be?
ADINA HOWARD: Most likely “Work” if I had to choose one that would be it.
TERRANCE: From your perspective, what are the advantages of being an independent artist?
ADINA HOWARD: You have control over everything!! And I’m a control freak more than anything in the world (laughs) and to have the control I have has been a blessing because I can do things my way.
TERRANCE: What are your thoughts on the beef among female artists especially in Contemporary R&B music today?
TERRANCE: Three things people might not know about you.
ADINA HOWARD: I have Asthma, i’m a beast in the kitchen and I’m funny as shit (laughs).
TERRANCE: Who are some artists you’re enjoying at the moment?
ADINA HOWARD: That’s a very interesting question for me because I drive a great deal in silence. I’m just in silence most of my days. I think silence is golden because there’s so much noise going on in the world today. I just love and embrace quiet like I don’t listen to television, radio, nothing really comes on around me. Amy Winehouse is one that I listen to because her voice is just ridiculously amazing.
TERRANCE: Aside from the music what’s next?
ADINA HOWARD: Oh man! Acting is on the agenda. I have a lot of people approaching me about acting and that’s something I’m currently and actively working on. I actually had an audition via skype for an independent film.
TERRANCE: Anything not discussed you would like to share with your fans and the readers?
ADINA HOWARD: Go get Resurrection (laughs). Go get it and check it out. I did it technically at the end of the day for those individuals who wanted to hear more Adina Howard music and for us to recognize our greatness as we discussed via “Blasphemy”, to recognize that we are our own worst enemy and if we do not get it together we don’t have to worry about the enemy so to speak destroying us because we’re doing the job for them. So let’s wake up and recognize that if we get it together through unity not only will we survive but thrive and division will die. We have to get it together because there is a mission out there to destroy us so don’t help them destroy us, make it hard for them to destroy us and i’m not necessarily saying pull up your pants and wear a suit but we need to recognize quote unquote Black Lives Matter then we need to act like they matter. Period.