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Tanya Nolan

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When did you decide that a career in music was for you?

I knew from a very young age that music was my passion and calling. It was around the time I was in high school that I realized I wanted to pursue it as a career.

Who are your musical inspirations and why?


My musical inspirations range from legends like Whitney Houston and Ledisi to contemporary artists like Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. Their incredible talent, versatility, and ability to connect with audiences have always inspired me to push myself as an artist.


Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?

Sure! Firstly, my favorite drink is water. Secondly, I'm a huge foodie and love experimenting with different cuisines in my kitchen. And thirdly, I’m a huge fan of soy fruit scented candles.


If you could perform a gig at any venue, where would it be and why?

Performing at Madison Square Garden has always been a dream of mine. It's such an iconic venue with a rich history of legendary performances, and to stand on that stage would be an incredible honor.


What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?

One of my proudest achievements to date is topping the R&B Billboard charts, which peaked at number 13 with my single, “Pace Yourself, featuring Raheem DeVaughn. In the future, I hope to continue making music that resonates with people and inspires them on a deeper level.


What do you like best about being a musician and why?

The ability to connect with people through music is what I love most. There's something magical about being able to evoke emotions and create moments of shared experience through song.


If you were not in the job you are now, what would you be doing?

If I weren't a musician, I'm certain I would dive into entrepreneurship wholeheartedly. The drive to create, innovate, and build something from the ground up has always been a part of who I am. Whether it's starting a business that aligns with my passions or investing in ventures that make a positive impact, I'm drawn to the world of entrepreneurship and the endless possibilities it offers for growth and fulfillment.


What has been the best gig you have been to as a fan, and can you tell us about it?

One of the most memorable gigs I've attended was definitely Ledisi's tour. Her powerhouse vocals, electrifying stage presence, and undeniable charisma left me in awe. It was more than just a concert; it was a soul-stirring experience that resonated with me on a profound level. Ledisi's ability to connect with her audience and create moments of pure magic is something I aspire to in my own performances. It was an inspiring night that I'll always cherish.


What would your ideal festival lineup be and why?

My ideal festival lineup would include a mix of iconic legends and emerging talents across various genres. I think it's important to showcase diversity in music and give up-and-coming artists a platform to shine.


What things do you like to do when you are away from music?

When I'm not making music, I enjoy immersing myself in different television shows to unwind and relax. Whether it's a gripping drama, a thought-provoking documentary, or a light-hearted comedy, I love getting lost in captivating storytelling. Additionally, I find solace in spending time in nature, whether it's going for a hike, relaxing at the beach, or simply taking a stroll in the park. Being surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors rejuvenates my spirit and inspires me creatively. And of course, reading is another passion of mine. I enjoy diving into a good book, exploring different genres, and expanding my knowledge and imagination through literature. These activities help me recharge and find balance away from the demands of music.


How important do you think your look and image are when it comes to being in the music industry?

While talent and music should always be the priority, I think image and branding play a significant role in the industry. It's important to present yourself authentically while also considering how you want to be perceived by your audience.


If you ran the country for a day, what would you change about it and why?

If I had the opportunity, I would focus on implementing policies that promote equality, justice, and access to education and healthcare for all citizens. These are fundamental rights that should be afforded to everyone.


If you could say one thing to your fans, what would it be and why?

I would like to say a heartfelt thank you for their unwavering support and love. My fans mean everything to me, and I'm endlessly grateful for their encouragement on this journey.


How would you answer the question "Who is Tanya Nolan," and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music?

Tanya Nolan is a passionate, driven artist who uses music as a means of expression and connection. As a music artist, I'm focused on creating and performing, while in my personal life, I'm more laid-back and enjoy spending time with loved ones and pursuing my other interests.


If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician, who would you choose and why?

If I could collaborate with any other artist, it would undoubtedly be Usher. His unparalleled talent, dynamic stage presence, and timeless hits have always been a source of inspiration for me. Collaborating with Usher would be a dream come true, as I admire his versatility and ability to seamlessly blend genres, from R&B to pop and beyond. I believe our combined energies and musical styles would create something truly extraordinary, resonating with audiences worldwide. Working with Usher would not only be a tremendous honor but also an incredible opportunity to learn and grow as an artist.


If you could have written one song from history, which would it have been and why?

If I could have written any song from history, it would probably be "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston. It's a timeless classic with such raw emotion and a powerful message of love and loss.


What things make you uncomfortable?

I think uncertainty and confrontation are things that make most people uncomfortable, myself included. I prefer harmony and clarity in all aspects of life.


If you wrote a book about yourself, what would it have in it?

If I were to write a book about myself, it would be a journey of self-discovery, resilience, and the pursuit of dreams. It would delve into my experiences, both triumphs, and challenges, and the lessons I've learned along the way.


What has the rest of the year got in store for you?

The rest of the year is going to be filled with more music, performances, and hopefully some exciting collaborations. I'm constantly working on new projects and striving to grow as an artist.

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