Actress-Singer-Model SERAYAH stars as TIANA BROWN on FOX drama EMPIRE, and is the cover story for the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!
Here are some interview interludes:
On if she ever was made to choose between acting, modeling, and, music:
“The first thing I was into was music. I grew to love acting a lot once I learned to work at it when I was younger. But for me [music is] kind of like a first love type of thing.”
“I just think that, from a young age, I grew up in church and I have a special relationship with God and that’s just a lot of what I wrote about."
On the depth of her musical influences and repertoire:
“I love people like Sade and Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans, SWV. I really love Sam Cooke, if you want to go way back. I love jazz and blues,” she shares. “Etta James [has been] one of my favorites for a long time. Tina Turner … People that just perform … Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson. Janet Jackson I really love because she’s a woman and I just can relate to her a lot more. I love performers and I also love how the women were back in the day and what they talked about, things that really mattered to them. All of that kind of stuff.”
On the immediate impact of being cast for EMPIRE:
“Everything was just kind of surreal for a long time. Going from one extreme to the next. Being on TV and meeting these people and all of the sudden going to award shows and all of the sudden performing at award shows. Everything was happening so fast. Before I knew it, I had done a lot of things just within a year."
On how as a child having to often change residences prepared her for the current frequent changes within her career: