Interview By Tachelle Shamash Wilkes
Tachelle Wilkes: What words describe the essence of Barbara Weathers?
Barbara Weathers: The words I would use to describe the essence of B.W. would be, God fearing, kind, and forth-right.
TW: When did you first discover your voice?
BW: I've been singing for as long as I can remember. I think the first time I became aware that it touched others, was the the first time I sang in church at the age of seven. When I started to sing, the congregation let out a roar that scared me.
I knew at that moment, singing was what I was meant to do.
TW: How did you get your start in the music industry?
BW: I joined my first band at the age of thirteen. When I was twenty, I was singing at a local jazz club in Greensboro N.C. and was approached by a few scouts from Philidelphia International Records, which in turn led me to Atlantiic Starr, and my first demo. The songs I recorded were, "Secret Lovers," "Silver Shadow" and a song called "Big Boy Games.” They were for a solo deal with MCA Records, which I was denied.
TW: Who have been your musical mentors throughout you career?
BW: I listened to Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Mothers Finest, Barbra Striesand and Aretha Franklin, to name a few.
TW: What is your favorite Atlantic Starr song? Why?
BW: “Always,” because it was positive and promoted love.
TW: Take us back to your best stage moment.
BW: That would probably be the fist time I sang at the Greensboro Coliseum. I had been to many concerts there, and it had always been my dream to perform on that stage. It was sold out the night I performed.
TW: What is the best lesson that you have learned thus far?
BW: Trust God and nobody else, and sign your own checks.
TW: What keeps you strong and motivated?
BW: My strength comes from God, and my motivation comes from the belief that singing is what I was meant to do. If I work hard and keep the faith, then all things are possible simply because I believe.
TW: Are you currently working on new music? Any collaborations?
BW: I'm always working on new music. My latest album was released last August entitled "Satisfaction Guaranteed" which you can find on Amazon.com. I just recorded a duet with the young man who won "America's Got Talent.” His name is Landau. It will be released next year some time. I'm also producing quite a few new artist.
TW: What words of wisdom do you have for those who have gifts and talents. yet are afraid to follow their dreams?
BW: I would say don't let fear stop you from following your dreams. It's a hard business, but nothing worth having will ever be easy.
TW: How can people stay posted on your upcoming musical projects and appearances?
BW: By visiting my website at BarbaraWeathers.com.