Today we’d like to introduce you to Indira Imani.
Hi Indira, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I am a genre-bending R&B / Soul recording artist and songwriter from Washington, D.C. I started singing at church at the age of 5 and grew into loving it more; At the age of 16, I started pursuing it as a career. Since childhood music has been paramount in my life, growing in a musically eclectic household, fed my musical interests. The diverse musical exposure in my youth is evident in my work. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2015 with a Masters’s in Music Business Marketing, which led to me becoming an independent artist in 2016. My style of music has been described as soulful, unique, and edgy with influences from R&B, Hip Hop, Gospel, and Soul Music. I bring a combination of poetic lyrics with amazing complimentary instrumentals. My vivid storytelling abilities through my lyrics and smooth distinct vocals put you in a place to see every detail of my life and the inspirations that have helped me create my style of music.
I debuted my first EP (which was 5 songs) in 2016 entitled: The Switch Up
I debuted my first Album in 2022 entitled: Chapter 1 At the beginning was you. This Album is a work of art; that took over two years to create and complete. Lyrically the Album has a confessional love story theme, which touches upon a mixture of old love stories and new ones, creating a seamless storyline from beginning to end. I take the time to highlight the phases of my love story. My take on modern love; includes bliss, desire, sex, infidelity, strength, understanding, & love.
While lyrically you can see; the love described from the lens of a relationship; the underline message shows the growth of a girl into a woman and learning what her worth is.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has not been a smooth ride; While I can say some of my struggles of being an independent artist have been trying to find money to support my dreams, finding the inspiration to create new music that connects with others or even reaching out to people to hear my music have all been struggles.
The hardest thing that I had to deal with is motivating myself when I feel like giving up. As an artist, you have really good days and really bad days while pursuing what you love. The part that a lot of artists don’t talk about is when you’re at your lowest; when you’ve heard no one too many times, and you start to believe that; what you’re doing isn’t good enough. I think that has been one of the biggest struggles.
So, for me, I had to figure out how to be my biggest cheerleader in the midst of people saying no and allow my support system to be the loudest voice I heard.
We also live in a society now where people are glorified instantly so sometimes it can be hard to put yourself out there and not get the gratification instantly that you believe you deserve.
So, in the midst of these struggles, I found the spiritual part of myself that works hand-in-hand with the creative side of me to keep me motivated and grounded and at peace with knowing that everything that I do is amazing and everything that I love and I have a passion towards will come true.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a singer-songwriter.
I am most proud of my debut album entitled Chapter 1: At the beginning was you; It is something that I hold dear to my heart because it is the purest version of myself. I have come a long way to find my voice and this is the album that showcases that.
What sets me apart from others is that I am a full creative, I write all of my songs, do the vocal arrangement, and I have a major hand in the production of my music. I am my own creative director and visionary for every decision that is made about my art to my most true and authentic self.
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
In 5 years, I see myself …
1. Being an independent artist as my only job; not needing to work a 9 to 5 to live.
2. Music, being the main thing that allows me to see the world.
3. And having my own creative production company that allows space for independent artists to develop and thrive as an artist.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: indiraimani.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indiraimani/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_tysXTEFSzMpNva1l7O0Jw