30 Seconds: Ebee

Singer songwriter Ebee makes music she genuinely feels, with a sincere voice and real and honest lyrics. She spends 30 seconds telling M more.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 27 Jun 2012
  • min read
Singer songwriter Ebee makes music she genuinely feels, with a sincere voice and real and honest lyrics.  She spends 30 seconds telling M more.

How long have you been making music?
Writing is my earliest memory of making music. I started singing at age four but couldn't write songs, I wrote poems and short stories instead. I remember putting my spin on other artists songs, singing rap verses and changing melodies. I started rapping at age 18 and this came with writing songs, that's when I truly started making music and working on developing my artistry.

What inspired your latest album?
My latest album was inspired by my experiences, observations, discussions I've had or overheard, my relationship with Jesus, my translation of situations and listening to instrumentals. I love instrumentals, they ignite different emotions and I express them in songs. The lead single Won Me Over talks about getting to know, trust and love God. Watch My God talks about responding to difficulties and challenges with a positive attitude, trusting God, moving forward and not giving up. Gimme has a cocky flow and rebellious lyrics, it's grimy and energetic. My album is yet to be released.

What process do you go through to create your music?
It's always evolving. It starts with the decision to rap or sing on a song, this comes naturally with the emotion or story I want to convey. I go with whichever art form tells the story best. Sometimes I'm doing both on the same record, for example in Won Me Over. Each song is different, but I always have the melody first. The melody could come with the words, and at other times I write and rewrite the lyrics till I'm fully satisfied. I then proceed to record and review the record, arrangements, production, vocals, mixing, more reviewing and mastering.

How would you describe your sound?
My sound is refreshing, it's exciting and passionate. I'm all about connecting my audience with the song; rapping so the audience understand the content, are excited by the flow and connect with my delivery or singing passionately and honestly. My sound is not fixed as I listen to various genres of music translating new elements to my music. I'm always seeking to grow and improve as a person and in my sound. I recently discovered the power of recording live instrumentation; it adds a certain dynamic and brings fresh energy to songs. My sound is soul, it's rap, it's honest and always encouraging.

What would your dream collaboration be?
I have a growing list of dream collaborations, but I would have to say Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins. I've wanted to work with him since the age of ten. I admire his drive and work ethic. His production is impeccable. Watching videos of his studio sessions; his energy and passion for music reminds me of myself. He is able to work with a diverse array artists from Beyonce, Madonna to Michael Jackson.

Where can we catch you performing next?
I will be performing at HIP Cafe in Wembley on 30 June.
For HIP Cafe event details and tickets, more information on future events and releases please go to:
Twitter @ebeeonline