Bio: Born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. Salicia is the eldest of 3 brothers. She was raised by her grandparents who brought her up in the church where her grandmother was an evangelist and her grandfather was a deacon. At the age of three her family noticed how she loved to sing. They knew by the age of six that she had a voice that stood out from all the rest. By the age of eight, this best kept secret was something to run and tell momma about. For the first time, Salicia sang in front of a large crowd of kids and grownups at a local community center for kids. When it was her turn to sing the shy and very nervous little girl, closed her eyes and began to sing her mother's original song called, "Stars Of Wonder". She was amazed by the reaction, all the kids ran home to tell their parents how good she was. It wasn't until then that she made the decision to sing and entertain. Salicia began watching videos and studying all of her grandfathers oldies but goodies collection. She enjoyed singing everyone else's songs, but deep down she knew she had lyrics of her own. By the time she was 10, young Salicia was writing and vocal arranging her own material. She formed several groups as a teenager, but realizing that she was a lot more focused and passionate about her music career choice....she then went solo. She loved singing and entertaining so much she began looking for local events. Salicia started putting her mind and talent to work. In the year 2000, Charleston WV got a new urban radio station and she became the first person ever to sing on the radio in her city. It made the DJ start creating games for the rest of the city to show off their talent. Salicia even wrote and sang the song for the radio stations first commercial. This caused the station to have Salicia open up for all the celebrity artist who came to give a show. She began opening up for artist like, Ray J, Tank, P.Y.T., Jagged Edge, and even won a trip to meet her favorite group Destiny's Child. The ladies from Destiny's Child motivated her even more. While hanging out with them on Valentine's Day, she never even mentioned that she was pursuing a music career. All she did was absorb the answers to everyone's questions to help her own journey. As the year past more things began to happen. Now in the 8th grade on her way to NYC for a school trip, her class went to the Today's Show. They asked if anyone could sing and her friends said, "She can sing" and pushed her to the front. Salicia stood in front of America with Soledad from Good Morning America and sang Amazing Grace. The crowd was yelling and screaming because of her beautiful acapella. Ever since then she has been stretching the size of her fan base on websites such as YouTube where she gained over a million views from her female version of "Birthday Day Sex". She is still climbing up the wall of fame at the age of 25, and soon to release her mixtape entitled "Open Book" in June 2012.
My Review: I first found Salicia on YouTube doing a cover of one of Beyonce’s song and I was in awe. She immediately caught my attention. Check her out
1) How old were you when you first decided you wanted to do music?
Salicia: I was 6 yrs Old when I discovered my passion and talent to do music so effortlessly.
2) Who would you say inspires you the most as an artist?
Salicia: As An artist, I would have to say Beyonce' is a huge inspiration as far as Performance is concerned. Her hardwork speaks for itself, and that's very empowering to me. But I'm also influenced by many other artists as well.
3) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Salicia: A Very Successful Singer/Songwriter and Business Woman.
4) What artist would you like to collaborate with?
Salicia: It may seem a lil crazy because I'm an "R&B" artist, but I love all types of Genres Especially Country! I would have to say the artist I would want to collaborate with is Shania Twain. She's such an Amazing songwriter and Passionate Vocalist.
5) What would you say is your biggest accomplishments?
Salicia: Being an unsigned artist and being able to have over 2 million people watch/listen, to me sing on YouTube. Another accomplishment is gaining Fans from All over the world and having them do covers of my original songs & Female Versions. I now have those very same people ready to buy my mixtape, when before I was just a local artist. To me that says a lot.
6) What is the biggest thing in your life that you regret and wish you could change?
Salicia: I don't regret anything in my life, it may sound cliché but I believe that even Road Blocks can serve a Good Purpose to Our destiny if we let it. I gain knowledge in every situation.
7) What is 1 thing that you want fans to always remember you by?
Salicia: I want them to always remember the feel of my passion through the songs I sing and write.
8 ) Have you been given any advice that’s stuck? What type of Advice can you give for up and coming artist?
Salicia: Yes, when I tried out for American Idol. I practiced the sound of the artist whose song I was auditioning with so much that I forgot to sound like myself. I was told I was a great singer but People want to know and hear ME and to not be afraid to show that. It was a hard pill to swallow but the wisdom stuck. I would tell any up and coming artist to stay true to themselves and never let anyone change them. Their individuality is needed!
9) How do you plan on changing the game?
Salicia: I plan to keep my fans use to me venturing out & expressing the different sides of myself, but still keep that main Ingredient that made them become a fan in the first place. I feel like Some Artists let their fans get too comfortable with one side of them, & once they "change" it's looked at as "crossing over" and in that way I want to change the mindset of the game.
10) Musically who are you mostly compared to and what separates you from them and other artist out today?
Salicia: With different songs I get different comparisons, sometimes I think people feel they have to compare because they can see/hear who influenced their sound. What separates me is that I'm not afraid to be human and sing/write about things that are real. That's how you stay connected with fans, you have to show that you can relate.
1) Are you working on any new projects?
Salicia: I'm finishing up on my mixtape and I'm excited about it being done and ready to be heard July 10th. It's entitled "song diary". Each song is like a page from my diary.
2) When you’re not working on music, what do you do in your spare time?
Salicia: Working with the kids in my grandmother's outreach organization, where I teach them different inspirational songs and create mime dances, for them to perform at different functions and sometimes churches. It's basically a safe haven from the normality’s, and drama of their lives that deprives them from being children.