What is your name?
I am professionally known as Cmagic5. As a little girl, I envisioned being a singer/songwriter and created this name. The C corresponds to the initial of my first name, which I may choose to reveal sometime in the future. The number five is my lucky number, being born on the fifth day of the fifth month. Ever since I was little, I always hoped that people would experience the “magic” in music.
What is your genre of music?
While the genre of my music is pop, the uniqueness of my sound is created by fusing other sub-genres into my songs, such as pop/afrobeat/trap like “Just Wanna”, or pop/orchestral/rock like “Outta My Head”. When covering songs, I can deliver almost every genre of music from Classical to Pop and in diverse languages. When it comes to my original music, I like to give every song a different vibe with its own identity through my voice and song-writing style. By many, my voice has been defined as a cross-over between Toni Braxton and Dua Lipa.
Give us a little bio about you.
I am a young emerging high-octane and soulful Canadian vocal artist from Toronto, who started humming before talking. At the age of 4, I began my musical journey performing in musical theatre, dance performances, and vocal competitions. By the age of 10, I had already written, composed, and produced my own songs. At 16, I completed my classical vocal training and landed my first job as a qualified vocal mentor. I enjoy teaching and supporting the youth to develop and pursue their passion for the performing arts. My musical inspirations include Nina Simone, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Toni Braxton. My music is contemporary pop with a refreshing blend of old school vibes and futuristic sounds. My soulful vocals have the power to evoke a profound response. I have been actively supporting my community by performing at charity fundraiser events and have the honour of being an Ambassador for Star Stuff which is an organization with a mission to help teens with insecurities build their self-confidence and boost their self-esteem. I have also initiated and engaged in varied collaborative ventures with different artists globally. My upcoming singles from my debut album explore the themes of self-empowerment and love, rendering a positive message of self-confidence and freedom.
What made you go into music?
My passion for singing and performing manifested itself when I was very young and I was already performing to a ‘living room’ audience by the age of 05. The inspiration for writing songs was innate and I had written my first song at the age of 06. By the age of 10, my articulation developed and I had written and composed my very first original song with no help. The lyrics were very raw, pure and straight from the heart, which laid the very foundation to nurture my creativity as Cmagic5 and pursue song writing and there was no looking back since.
Are you signed?
Currently, I am a self-managed, independent artist working on educating myself as much as I can about the music industry. As an artist, I feel it is important to gain expertise and knowledge on the business aspect as well as the music itself.
You have released your new single ‘Just Wanna’, tell us more about the single.
“Just Wanna” is an unfiltered and universally relatable story of a girl who lets the negativity in her life fuel the transformation into a better version of herself. This self-empowering Summer anthem is based on themes from the classic story “Alice in Wonderland” with a modern-day twist. “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then” (Lewis Carroll). Throughout the song, the girl realizes she needs to let go of her expectations of people, to be happy in life. I wanted to take the listeners on a 03 minutes journey to block out negative energy and let go of their worries and step into a world of feeling happy for themselves and self-empowered through music and dance.
What is the meaning behind the single?
My message is simple and direct to my listeners, conveying that the sweetest revenge is to smile, succeed, and prioritize yourself. Uplifting and fresh, this track is recommended for fans of artists like Dua Lipa and Camilla Cabello. Sincere and entirely relatable, my music communicates feelings of truth, freedom and empowerment driven by evocative and captivating vocals. At the same time, I want to encourage people to live their life to the fullest by singing along and expressing themselves through dance. This is revealed through my lyrics:
“This is your life, gotta live it right! “
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing process like?
Somehow the most honest work comes when you aren’t trying to push for something and you allow your creativity to flow. With my raw vocals, a victorious spirit and honest storylines, I try to be as transparent as possible. Just before the pandemic, I was feeling super overwhelmed with everything going on in my life. Prepping for high school exams, working a minimum wage part-time job and having to deal with some toxic people in my life who were simply draining my energy day after day, I immediately knew I needed to take a step back from this fast-paced world, breathe and put things into perspective. I still remember that hot therapeutic shower I took that night which ignited the opening line of the chorus, “She don’t lie, she just wanna have fun tonight”. Both the melody and lyrics hit me at the same time and it truly felt like a life-changing realization. It was incredible!
What was the recording process like?
It was surreal! As soon as I recorded the idea down on a voice memo at home, I felt so inspired to complete the song that very night. In a matter of just a few hours, “Just Wanna” was born. I recorded my vocals for the demo of the song Acapella on garage band, with the only accompaniment being my dad’s drum beat that he played on our kitchen table. That was the same demo I sent to my dad’s friend, who is a local producer. I went into the studio and we started working on the song. The first sound we added was a driving afrobeat, and we instantly fell in love with the unique vibe of it and knew which direction the production of this track was going in. Musically, “Just Wanna” exhibits a uniqueness with a buzzing freshness of summer through its catchy, modern pop melody built on a powerful Afrobeat. I wanted to create this spicy fusion hoping to encourage listeners to dance all their worries away, delivering a message of healing through the power of music.
Who did you work with on the single?
I wrote, composed and co-produced this track and had the mixing and mastering done by my dad’s friend who is a producer.
Will we see a music video for the track if so when can we expect it?
With lockdown gripping the world, there has been a slight delay in the release but the music video is under wraps and it can be expected in the fall.
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, what can we expect?
My biggest goal is to release my debut album by the end of this year. I am working on a couple of different styles and to have that incorporated all into my album is something I am excited about and cannot wait to share with the world!
Do you have any online shows coming up?
Releasing music during the 2020 pandemic is challenging but worthwhile. Though the live music and grassroots in-person elements are minimized right now, it has opened a plethora of online avenues and live streams, reaching a wider audience which is great! I am humbled to be part of a couple of online shows in the pipeline such as the International Peace Festival, Niagara Wine Fest and many more which and I will be posting on my socials.
What else can we expect in 2020?
If 2020 has taught me anything, it’s to expect the unexpected! I’m excited to continue sharing new music with the world and finding ways to create during this unconventional year. The more I grow as an artist, I develop as an individual as well. And I’m really excited for a more personal discovery, and sharing this journey with the world.
Apart from working on my debut music video for my singles, I am preparing for some international radio interviews as well as digital magazine features.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?
I always love to collaborate with new artists in the industry and I’m excited to be working on the remix for some of my songs with different producers and establishing synergies in the future.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Yes absolutely, I would be up for collaborations and can be reached at my business email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you play any instruments?
Yes, I can play keyboard/piano, guitar and the ukulele.
Who are your influences?
I am grateful to my parents who supported me to pursue my education in music at a young age and today I am proud to have earned my credentials as a Classical vocalist from the world-renowned Royal Conservatory. My greatest musical influences have been – Nina Simone, Whitney Houston, Dua Lipa, Christina Aguilera and Miley Cyrus.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
My music has been greatly inspired by real life experiences and is a blend of reality and my vivid imagination. Music is magic and offers a diverse platform that transcends all boundaries irrespective of different cultures and languages. You just let the creativity consistently flow. It’s a surreal experience to feel, visualize, articulate and embellish it with your own voice and own music.
For as long as I can remember, music has always been a part of my life. Taking inspiration from other’s or my own life experiences, toxic relationships, bullying etc … I started writing and there has been no looking back.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
During these unprecedented times, it’s kind of difficult to envision the world 05 years from now. However, I would love to see myself as an internationally recognized artist and impacting a wider audience through my music. I also see myself having completed my university studies in digital enterprise management. After that, I hope to go on tours and travel the world, hoping it would be safe enough to do so then.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I am a class of 2020 high school graduate and had been prepping for my exams, mentoring kids in music and spending time with family and friends especially during quarantine. I am also a total movie buff, and if I wasn’t pursuing music, I’d love to do something in the film industry!
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Keep the Faith, Work Hard and remain Humble.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
I try to encourage artists to be their most authentic self always! Yes, for sure be inspired by successful artists around, but share your own light with the world and own what makes you unique. Being a vocal mentor, I am dedicated to helping youth amplify their voice in society, as well as on the stage. Always remember to take care of yourself as an individual first, then as an artist. What’s important is to never give up no matter how challenging things can be, and stay focused. Never let anyone stop you from doing what you love. Stay hungry for your dreams, and make it happen!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Wake up with Determination and go to sleep with Satisfaction.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Being a Torontonian, I totally recommend hitting up a Raptors game! The internationally renowned – CN Tower is Canada’s most recognizable and celebrated icon. The view from the CN tower is breath taking as well and make sure you enjoy a delicious buffet at the top of the skyscraper in the CN Tower’s 360 Restaurant, with friends and family.
Your coming off tour.
1/ Where do you go first? I would hit up my favourite sports bar, Dave & Busters to eat some good food and catch up on the games.
2/ Who do you see first? My mom.
3/What do you eat first? Definitely Chicken Parmesan.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
1. Have some time before the gig to check up on my gear and make sure it’s fully functioning and ready to roll through a soundcheck.
2. A relaxing vocal warm up along with light stretches. Also make sure I’m staying hydrated.
3. Personally, meeting the sound engineer to thank him for his time and ensure everything i s functioning as it should.
4. Thank the venue owner and hosts of the night.
5. Just breathe and have fun.