We sat down with the incredibly soulful RnB vocalist Anesia Renee recently. She shows us how her faith strengthens her and eloquently describes how she got into music at only 6 years old.
Thank you for chatting with us today, Anesia Renee. Please let everyone know where we can find you today and how do you normally start your day?
Anesia: If you missed any in-person performances that I do across the U.S. You can virtually find me on Instagram (@imanesiarenee), TikTok (@anesiareneewrld), and Twitter (@AnesiaMusic). I know Twitter is not so popular right now given the current situation with them, but just in case anyone still uses it, you can still find me. So, as far as how I start my day a lot of people assume that since I have a lot of followers on my platforms combined that I have it made. No, let’s be real – I still work my 9-5 and still get booked and compensated for my music performances along with being a well-known influencer on TikTok. I believe others should see that singing is a major part of who I am, but I am also still a real person who does regular things.
How did you get into the music game?
Anesia: My story goes back at the age of 6. I loved singing and all but at 10 years old, I decided to challenge my skills by not only singing but writing my own songs. I genuinely have a passion for this. By the grace of God, my talents led me to open for RnB singer Avant, I was a background singer for Tye Tribbett, DeWayne Woods, and more.
Please tell us more about your new release, New Money.
Anesia: There’s kind of a funny story behind the new release, New Money. I had the beat for 4 years sitting on my flashdrive. I recently re-discovered the beat last year and sent it to Sean Alexander (IG: @synthsei) who works for Teddy Riley (IG: @teddyriley1). Sean co-produced the track. To be transparent, “New Money”; was inspired by my growth as a woman and really feeling like I’m just a new person. Let’s just say, money feels good and I feel good. #IssaVibe
What does it feel like when you’re on stage and performing live with those lights on bright?
Anesia: It is VERY fulfilling! My live band and the interaction and participation in the crowd sparks my energy. The feeling is indescribable.
Which musicians inspire you to be better?
Anesia: Just to name a few, I would say Jill Scott, Jazmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michele, and Corinne Bailey Rae. They are versatile, hard working, entertaining and authentic. They are set aside from the typical well-known artists in the industry because they truly have depth. They have raw talent.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Anesia: My grandmother and mother have always told me to Keep God First! I’ve been sticking to that in everything I do.
Last, what do you think the music industry needs to do in order for the scene to be better and help underground artists shine?
Anesia: The music industry needs to push them. The industry needs to give artists the opportunity to be on a platform in front of major audiences, such as more openings and bigger platform access. Giving the truly talented ones a chance!
Interview by Llewelyn Screen