Grammys, Amy Winehouse, & self-worth.
Blossom (she/her) has recently been fulfilling her namesake. With roots in Trinidad & Tobago, she has bloomed in the Pacific Northwest's music scene.
What does "raise the female voice" mean to you?
I love that slogan! To me it’s elevating the thoughts and opinions women have. It’s bringing our mentality and reality to the forefront. We have a voice and most times it’s silenced.
Tell us a little bit about your playlist.
All women that have moved me and caused me to face emotions I don’t wanna speak about out loud. Cultural soundscapes of different types of women from all over.
You’ve been referred to as “Portland’s Superwoman.” What’s your superpower?
Empathy! I think my ability to relate or just understand has really helped me both professionally and personally. I definitely listen to understand and not just to speak. Something I’ve had to teach myself.
Music can be hard. What motivates you to keep going when the going gets tough?
How I feel when I sing. How I feel when people sing with me. The look on the crowd's face when I perform. It’s not just like they love my music, it’s that they look content and genuinely happy to be there. It’s so blissful.
What’s one thing you wish you knew when you were just getting started?
Start charging early. I did a lot of things for the Love of music which put me in situations with people that I didn’t like. Having to ask for my worth was uncomfortable especially when I didn’t do that before. I felt like I needed to pay my dues before I could be compensated. It took me awhile to realize it doesn’t work like that and my voice isn’t free.
What are you obsessed with right now?
Harry Potter. Again! HBO has all the movies so I’ve been in a constant cycle of watching and rewatching. The story telling is so beautiful to me and really inspires creativity in my writing.
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said women need to “step up” in order to win a Grammy. What are your thoughts on that?
I think men need to stop telling women what we need to do and start focusing on what they're not doing. Self reflection is important regardless of gender and people are always so quick to look at other people and search for a problem. What if you're the problem? Truth hurts but it’s freeing.
If you could have tea with any womxn artist in the world, who would it be?
Amy Winehouse! She was such a vibrant person and passionate writer, I'd love to just write with her or sing with her. Freestyle and hear how her mind works.
What’s one question you would like to ask our readers?
When you search for music are you paying attention to your intentions? Music can shift your moods. Sometimes people who are angry think they need to listen to something loud and aggressive because it’ll make them feel better. Isn’t that interesting? It’s like feeding the beast.