Singer/Actress/RealiTV Star DEMETRIA McKINNEY covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT!!!
Here are some interview highlights:
When did you learn you had the gift of song?
I knew I had the gift of song when I was 3. I have been singing my way through everything. Of course, my brothers would sing with me whether they wanted to or not. Or, I’d beat them up. I was a little bit of a bully. I’d attach pom poms to my head and sing “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” at family reunions. They were going to sit down, watch it and enjoy themselves — whether they wanted to or not.
I really started taking it seriously as I was going through some life challenges and when life started to kick my butt. People like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan … all those strong, powerful voices and messages really told the story I couldn’t say. I’ve loved music forever.
Tell us about your childhood.
Growing up transient was kind of hard because I never really had the opportunity to develop any childhood friendship connections. I often hear people say, “We’ve been friends since third grade,” not me.
I am an only child with 11 brothers and sisters. My mom and dad had me. My mom had a couple [of kids]. My dad had a couple [of kids]. Then there was my stepfather, my foster brothers … we were all called the Bailey Bunch. At some time or another, there were at least eight of us in the house. It was different. I am in the middle. I couldn’t do right or wrong.
How did you get into acting?
I have been imitating people for a long time. I’ve never taken a class. The management company I worked with thought it would be good exposure. I joined the cast of a play called The Woman I Am Today in Dothan, Alabama. Tyler Perry happened to be there. He liked my [performance] and it was a wrap from there.
What can we expect with your upcoming album, Officially Yours?
You will get a glimpse into the life of Demetria McKinney. Demetria says the N-word. Demetria drinks. Demetria lives life. I am definitely a single mom. I am definitely a woman. I am not afraid of sexuality but I am not a slut. You are going to see every angle of me that you’ve never seen before.
You’ve seen Janine, Monica [“The Rickey Smiley Show”] and now you get me.
It goes back to what R&B once was. It talks about something real, something relatable. No shade. There’s room for everybody everywhere. It’s my opportunity to introduce myself.
What is life like for you when you’re not working?
I am always working. I feel like the moment I stop, somebody is going to catch up with me because there is always somebody ambitious and on the cusp of where you are. In order to stay competitive in this game, I have learned there is no time-out. So it doesn’t feel like I am working. I am having fun. It helps when you have a team that you really like. This cover shoot was phenomenal.