From a shy performer to the up and coming musician whose blend of Country music and R&B is showcasing a talent to keep in the radar, singer-songwriter Brittney Dixon gives us a little summary of her journey followed by an interview to celebrate the upcoming release of her first single, Ride Out.
Brittney Dixon [BD]: I realized my love for singing at five years old, and started writing music at twelve years old. Despite praise and encouragement during my early years, my shyness wouldn’t allow me to look my audience in the face while singing. I would dance easily in front of people and I played the violin, but ask me to sing and I’ll freeze! It started in highschool,
I began to face my fears and started sharing my gift/love for singing with others.
My big singing moment was at my high school graduation when I sang the class song in front of my classmates and all of our guests. That moment in high school inspired me to believe in myself, and step into more opportunities. Fast forward, I sang in the Shreveport Opera, sang backup for local bands in Shreveport, started my own band as lead singer, and now deep diving into my professional songwriting and music recording career.
1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?
BD: What’s unique about me and my music is my sound. The merge of Country and R&B is so unique to me because it combines the different guitars, banjos, fiddle, and mandoli with strings, piano, and bass.
1 In Music: Who is your inspiration for this unique blend?
BD: My music is shaped by Ray Charles, Ottis Redding, Sisqco, Nina Simone, Tina Turner, and Aaliyah.
1 In Music: Who has been supporting you in its inception and in this journey?
BD: My biggest supporter is my Fiance, along with my awesome team, family and friends.
I listen to Country, R&B, Pop, Opera, Rap, Reggae, Afropop, Afrobeats. I love all music!
1 In Music: When did you realise music was going to be your profession rather than just a hobby?
BD: I realized I wanted to make music professionally when my Godmother told me,
I believe you’re as great as the people on these vocal talent shows, I know you can do it.
After that my fire has been lit.
1 In Music: Who do you think is the most undervalue artist?
BD: The most undervalued music artist is me. Once I release my single, people will hear how I can bring value to their music playlist!
1 In Music: Let’s go to your stage now. How do you prepare for your live performances?
BD: I prepare for my performances by relaxing. I focus on keeping my nerves down and remember to have fun and enjoy myself, along with vocal warmups, warm water and honey.
1 In Music: What are your other passions besides music?
BD: When I don’t do music, I work with special needs children, and I enjoy creating vegetarian recipes and finding new vegetarian recipes to cook. I’m passionate about health and fitness, and
getting involved in my community through my nonprofit organization P.A.M.S. Learning Institute geared toward Preparing All Minds For Success.
1 In Music: So you must have a very particular definition of success, surely?
BD: Music success to me is having a listener reach out to me and share how a song I wrote contributed to a time in their life when they needed that message the most.
1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started music?
BD: I wish I was told to
be sure all contracts have a specified end date and or a service deadline.
Without a definite deadline your contract can linger on for years and not be beneficial to you. Have an attorney!
1 In Music: Thank you Brittney Dixon! Tell us about your latest project and where to find it and you!
BD: My single “Ride Out” will be available on Nov. 26, 2021.
It is an upbeat country track filled with a good time!
You can find my music on all streaming platforms: Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify, Google Play etc. Thank you 1 in Music Mag!