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Interview with Barbara Weathers: The Voice

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.