Interview: Teedra Moses Speaks On The Current State Of R&B Soul Team Curtains March 22, 2016 The name Teedra Moses is a name that automatically takes you back 12 years, to her first album Complex Simiplicity – a royal gem with Soul & a studio album that has carried Teedra through her music career holding songs such as ‘Backstroke’, ‘No More Tears’ & lead single ‘Be Your Girl‘. Last year, 11-years on, Teedra released her sophomore album Cognac & Conversations, which was led by Rick Ross collab buzz track “All I Ever Wanted” and was followed by the albums only visual offering ‘That One,’ featuring Soul Grammy winner Anthony Hamilton. The Lioness #TeedraMoses performs her hit “Backstroke,” at the London Jazz Cafe! @TeedraMoses A video posted by Team Curtains (@teamcurtainscom) on Jan 28, 2016 at 5:07pm PST Two albums aside, The Lioness has 7 mixtapes in total that have supported her to tour the world consistently, year after year, something Teedra fans take pride of. Most recently Moses dropped the Clair Voyant EP, on her 39th birthday, December 17th. Amongst the tracklisting is a song called ‘Radio,’ a cover of Bas‘ ‘My Nigga Just Made Bail,’ a rapper signed to J.Cole’s Dreamville Records. In the song Teedra sings: “Damn, the radio / Cos’ they don’t play songs I like no more / Hey Mr. Radio, I just wanna hear good music” With this song in mind, we used this a stimulas when we got the call that Teedra Moses would meet with us prior to her soundcheck at the London Jazz Cafe – where she would perform that evening. Interviewed by our Senior Editor Nathan Devonte Thoughts on big vocal soul singers such as Fantasia, singing pop songs (referencing to her new song ‘Ain’t Got Time For It‘) “I think that it’s dope. I think that singers… If you can sing you can sing anything, you know so, you can do what they can’t do, but you can do what they do too and Fantasia, if you ever see her live, she is a singer,” says Teedra. Interviewer: “After she takes off her shoes” “Yes [both chuckle], and she don’t play, she’s in the church, she don’t… she’s got that thing and I think that. For her to narrow it down and do a, you know, a more POP song it’s only right. She’d got the vocals to do whatever she wants to do, she shouldn’t put herself in a box,” she concludes. On R.Kelly’s Facebook rant on the lack of support in R&B music. “I think that if you are black and you are singing R&B Soul – it doesn’t matter. If you are white – you are the greatest thing that’s ever happened. But at the same time, I understand the respect that R.Kelly should get but ranting is a waste of time to me, I think that action is more imperative and at the platform he is at, and i’m not judging him, I just say keep pushing it, you know thats all we can do, keep pushing it because it is so vital and times like now Soul music and R&B music is more vital than anything because people are going through things. So they need music they can grasp hold to and live to, not just go to the club and take Molly’s and screw women, you know, I’m just saying.” On Tank’s suggestion to make an R&B Soul and R&B POP category to help acknowledge more singers. “I agree. I totally agree. I just don’t get off into all that so much, but I’m not.. I hustle so hard, I don’t have time, you know what I mean. I get it, I get that they should do all those things but I don’t expect anything from anyone. The only people I care about is what the people play. All these acolytes and, you know, winning this and being acknowledged here… The people acknowledge me, that means everything to me. I’m just trying to grow those numbers of more and more people to acknowledge me in what I’m doing. You can call it R&B, because when its all said and done I don’t know what kind of music I’m going to making. I like all kinds of music. I can sing like Adele, I can write like Adele, I can sing like Fantasia… no that’s a lie. I can sing Gospel, I can sing in that vain, you know but I can do some many different things that I just don’t get caught up in what ‘them’ or ’they,’ you know the they that Khalad talking about don’t want you to win. I don’t get caught up in those people, I get caught up in the love. I really focus on the love and I get a lot of love and I feel like what you focus on is what comes back to you. So I don’t have the time to, and I’m not knocking anybody that wanna say “ooo why you don’t wanna [go] to the Oscars,” “ooo why you don’t do that.” I just don’t care about what someone is keeping me out of. I’m more concerned with where I’m welcomed and you know I go hard for that.” Watch the full interview, below: Other topics discussed Rihanna’s ANTI album, songwriting for Christina Milian, SWV & Nivea. Also, Teedra spills on her thoughts on Blac Chyna & Rob Kardashian’s relationship in the Hot Fire Round (20:30 mark). 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