November has been the month of 11:11. Not only because of the wishes that are gracing our timeline (the season of manifestation is upon us) but because it was the month in which singer, Rowlene released her brand new album, titled 11:11.
The record has already captured the ears and hearts of Rowlene’s loyal fanbase since its release and the Tall Racks singer reminded us all why her debut album was well worth the wait with songs such as STOP, Signs and Hyptnotize all on offer.
Check out the full Q&A with Rowlene below:
It’s been a tricky 2020 but we’re still here, still strong. How would you describe your year so far?
I would describe 2020 as a roller coaster because honestly a lot of good things happened, and there were also some bad things which happened, Covid-19 being one of them. But I don’t thnik the good can co-exist without the bad. And that’s what 11:11, my new album, is all about. That’s how I chose the title.
As busy as things have been this year, you made us take the time to STOP, when you released your new single. What was your emotional/mental state when you wrote this song?
I was quite calm when I made this state. But this song was definitely directed at all the things draining some of my energy. The reference to the cellphone charger is one that we can all connect to and all relate to. And that’s how the song came about.
We were in a good space, and the synergy in the room was great when it came out. Emotionally and mentally I was in a very good space, but also a bit tired.
Stop has done incredibly well online so far, what do you think of how fans have received it?
My fans have received it extremely well actually. They’ve been supr supportive and they have been super encouraging. The positivity from them has been very reassuring of the project ahead.
It drops on Friday the 13th of November. Superstitions aside, what made you decide now was the right time to drop it?
I don’t even look at it like that! I feel like I can honestly change the dogma behind that because really, there’s no bad blood with Friday the 13th! I was just super excited to drop it, we worked super hard on it and yeah, that’s just my take on what people might think about superstitions!
The album is titled 11:11 – a time when many people make a wish. What would be your wish for your fanbase with this record?
My wish for my fanbase would be for them to truly enjoy and take away both the fun and the playful sides of this album. I want them to learn from someone who has experienced the kinds of things that they are comfortable to talk about. I would also wish that they can learn how to really manifest more for themselves.
Should we listen to the album in order, or shuffle?
Definitely listen to the album in order! Don’t shuffle! I think it’s perfect the way it’s been arranged and I would recommend you listen to it in the order it’s laid out.
Side note – you’re an amazing vocalist! Who were some of your influences growing up?
Growing up were definitely Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and a lot of the 90s vocalists of that era. That generation of artists really inspired me and still inspires me to this day.
What do you miss the most about performing live that you can’t do now?
Haha! I don’t really miss it that much. I am more of an in-studio artist but I do enjoy the stage too. I do have a bit of a FOMO for some live shows though.
Last but not least, what special message do you have to your fans who have been there from the beginning — and the fans who have just gotten to know you?
I love them, they are amazing, they’ve been there from the jump and that’s one thing that I’m always grateful for. I’m always there for them, I want them to know that the Telegram group is open if they ever want to talk. If they want to speak to someone, I’m always there as an encouraging ray of hope, sunshine and light.
Listen to Rowlene’s new project 11:11 below: