Whether it’s recording music, fielding interview requests, working with her non-profit to better the world, or just spending time mentoring her young son in the ways of the world – particularly his new business venture - artist Storm is blazing a new and improved path for femcees.
Raising a young king takes a lot of work, but Storm’s cut out for it. After all, this multi-faceted artist/songwriter/entrepreneur is known not only for her boldness and tenacity – she’s known as a game changer. Storm has broken so many molds and shattered the proverbial glass ceiling when it comes to being a female or even just being from Louisiana. In fact, she recently inked a deal whereby her music is being distributed by Empire via Starvin Lion Entertainment.
Storm’s recent single “Mistake” features super crooner STY King, another Louisiana original. It covers a topic most of us know all too well – infidelity, and the lies and deceit that all too often accompany it. Storm is definitely a boots on the ground, ear to the street kind of artist. Her songs are relatable for any of her fans. That alone makes her a solid force in entertainment. She just isn’t like everyone else – at all!
We recently caught up with her and we’re excited for you to hear what she had to say:
So you came out of nowhere with this new single entitled, "Mistake". How'd you develop the concept for the song?
STORM: I think it was the many conversations I would have with my friends about their relationships. It's like I always give the best advice, but following it is my biggest problem. One thing is for sure though, during these conversations I start to think about stuff I tuck away, with one of those things being my own stupid reasons for staying in a jacked up situation I should have never got in. This song is me saying I know I'm being silly, but I put in too much time to just let another woman come in and one day enjoy what I've been molding my guy to be. Knowing I should go and it’s a Mistake staying, I stay (LAUGHS).
The artwork seems to speak for itself and it's something anybody who's ever been cheated on can relate to - how did this come about?
STORM: Outside of feeling stupid, you’re single after putting in lots of time. I think we stay because of those text messages (LAUGHS). Everybody knows about those messages. Like they say, "Until those messages are deleted, you’re not going anywhere" (LAUGHS). I figured every woman would be able to relate when they saw it.
Tell us about yourself. What makes you tick?
STORM: I'm really cool to be honest. I pretty much stay to myself because the things that get under my skin seem to be things some people can’t help. But I do hate being around loud females. I hate when females find out their men are cheating and then they automatically go at the woman. Like, no she shouldn't be dealing with a man in a relationship, but you never know what he is telling her. Also, she doesn’t owe you anything - he does. And vice versa with men.
We understand there's new music coming. What can we expect from Storm?
STORM: Yes, definitely. Anything with meaning. I like to make music that will make people think, something that will spark conversation. I am pretty much an open book. My friends tell me stop all the time. But I feel like why not speak about what I go through or what I see or don't like. You never know how many other people feel the same and aren’t real enough to speak up about it. My brand new music that dropped earlier this month includes a song that is very close to my heart - a song where I spoke about my dealing with post-partum depression. This song features Danica Hart. I adore this song. There will also be songs about women and how we are stained from this world and what those around us think they know. I have music both men and women can feel. I am sure class will be in session once they are released.
Does being from Louisiana affect your art in any way? How so?
STORM: No. I think how far you go is all on the individual. I feel like it’s not being from Louisiana, but who you surround yourself with. I do feel as though my talents should have landed me somewhere on top. I feel my loyalty to those around me kept me back. I think the Louisiana mainframe of people not wanting you to pass their fame played a part. But my giving so much control is the real issue. My music was the one thing in life I didn't apply my being a Boss to; I just recently got there. So I think what affected my art and my success was my not being ready. In life you attract what you are ready for, and I was not ready so the people around me was where I was at the time. It’s a new day.
Are there any other avenues of entertainment you see yourself entering as a result of your success?
STORM: Yes, I live for the theatre side of things. I am one of those who can play my role and play it really well. When I was younger, I attended NOCCA Riverfront. NOCCA is a school for Creative Arts in New Orleans. It was a true honor being picked to be a part of NOCCA. The year I auditioned, there were over 500 out and only 95 were chosen. You can only imagine how my family felt. But after 2 years, I felt that it wasn’t for me. I started to understand when it came to this entertainment business, you either have it or you don't. I do feel that I have it and at some point in the very near future, I will prove that.
We hear you have a foundation you're working on - what's that about and how did you decide to do philantropic work?
STORM: Yes, “UR PRECIOUS 1ST”. I started this back in 2010 while serving in the Air Force. It was in the Air Force I realized the mistakes I made and I wanted to help other girls to not make the same mistakes. “UR PRECIOUS 1ST” is simply saying PUT YOU FIRST. When you do that, it allows you to understand your worth. When a woman or girl understands that, she understands that if it is not beneficial to her life, then it’s not worth her time. I know growing up is about making mistakes, but I feel a lot of the mistakes I made was because I didn't have anyone to be open with me about life and how to handle certain situations. One being “boys” (LAUGHS). It’s like we hear “if the little boy is pushing you, he likes you”. Growing up, I realized that’s not right. That’s not love taps. That’s abuse. Or the yelling is not friendly and that’s not love. I feel being there for young girls won't stop all mistakes, but will make them aware of what’s really happening and they will be able to better understand what they are getting themselves into.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Check out other features on Storm’s music on This Is 50, as well as all over the blogosphere and everywhere music is sold and streamed.