Music is food for the soul and after attending Esnavi’s showcase at BAM (Brooklyn’s Academy of Music) a few days ago, I knew I had to meet her. Her voice feed my soul the first time I heard her latest CD. Within a day of hearing her CD entitled, “Exit E”, I was so moved, I made it my business to learn more about a women who sings and delivers lyrics with so much power, passion and love in her voice. She is not just a singer. She is a songstress. Ms. Esnavi is a musical story-teller, telling stories we all know so well with each unfolding song. Esvani has a voice that takes you on a heartfelt, emotional, soulful, spiritual and magical ride through life. When you listen close enough you’ll begin to realize life’s mysterious road is her canvas. It’s a story-board we all can relate too. Each song captures each passing emotion in life; being in love, losing love, losing hope, finding hope and in the end finding victory. “Exit E”, is a CD for the grown and sexy. From day one I was captivated. My soul is feed each time I hear her voice. Her music made a difference in my life and want everyone to know her name, “ESNAVI!”
Q. When and how did you first become interested in music? What are your musical influences?
A. I loved music my whole life. My parents are music lovers. But it wasn’t until I discovered I had a gift that I became extremely interested in music. I’ve been singing since I was 16. My musical influences are God, love and life.
Q. What inspired you to wrote one of my favorites, “Someday?”
A. What I was going through at the time. It was my way to release and give myself self-therapy by writing it and recording it. I had to inspire myself to believe in what I was pursuing at the time.
Q. Tell us about your music background.
A. I don’t really have one. I woke up one day and could sing. I feel I was chosen to share my gift with the world. The rest happened along the way as I’ve been on this journey. I’ve been learning as I go and I get better and better each day.
Q. How long have you been performing live?
A. Since I was born. LOL! I’ve been a performer my whole life. But I’ve been performing live music since high school.
Q. What are the band members names and instruments played?
A. I don’t have a set band yet because a lot of the musicians I love to work with tour a lot. Which is a good thing for them, but not for me when I have a gig I want them to play at. I perform different sets depending on the type of show I’m feeling for the venue. I do an acoustic trio which consists of my key player, the producer of the album, and guitarist, Michel Kunz, percussionist Bendji Allonce, and upright bass player, Corcoran Holt. For my regular band show, it varies, except for Michel. On keys, of recent, I’ve been playing with David Joubert.
Q. How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it? How did you become involved in the type of music you sing now?
A. Eclectic Soul. It all happened through a natural evolution into my artistry. I sing what comes naturally.
Q. Who influences you in music?
A. I would say I’m more inspired, than influenced by artists. I’m inspired by a lot artists. Stevie Wonder would be a major inspiration. I think he is a musical genius.
Q. What do you think your “biggest break” or “greatest opportunity” has been so far in your musical career?
A. Performing on Good Day New York in front of 2 million viewers.
Q. What can people expect to see at your live performance?
A. An electrifying, dynamic show with a ton of soul and loads of energy
Q. What advice would you give to up and coming recording artist?
A. Only pursue a career in this business if you love what you do. Be true to yourself and do what you feel is real.
Q. Lastly, How do you Urban FLRT?
A. By being me, All day, Every day -_-
What makes this interview more special is having it appear on the release date of her latest single, “Morning Dew” available on iTunes today.