Winnipeg R & B singer FLO has a lot to be excited about. She was just nominated for Urban Recording of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.
FLO launches her nominated CD in Winnipeg Saturday, June 9, at the West End Cultural Centre.
One of the tracks on her new album Pieces of Me is about bullying. FLO invited the Winnipeg Youth Chorus to join her in recording"Hateless."
Here's what FLO had to say about how it came about.
How did you come up with the song "Hateless"?
Incredible songwriters Heather Longstaffe and Arun Chaturvedi had written the song. In the process of completing the album, Arun played it for me, I fell in love with the message behind that song and knew it was a song that I wanted on my album, it was an honor to sing it!
Have you been bullied?
Two of my siblings experienced bullying in elementary school, and two friends in junior high and high school. When people that mean so much to you experience it, it's like you're going through it yourself.
I've seen it occur with my own eyes throughout elementary to high school. It's horrible, and the emotional scars it leaves in people run deep.
What do you think one of the solutions to stopping bullying is?
We need to listen to the kids who are going through it, and DO something about it!
I think we're already working towards the solution by having "anti-bullying" days, having an outlet for kids to obtain help and express themselves through Kids Help Phone line, and having great public role-models such as Ellen Degeneres and Anderson Cooper among many speak against it.
Where does your desire to empower people with positivity come from?
I believe so much in following your dreams, and to me it seems like an absolute tragedy when people lose hope, or lose the ability to dream.
I think that each human being has a purpose, and has so much potential to fulfill. All things are possible. So it makes me feel good if I can in whatever way inspire, and encourage others to believe in themselves, fulfill their potential, and achieve their dreams.
How did your connection to the Winnipeg Youth Chorus Children's Choir come about?
After working on Hateless, what I heard in my head was a children's choir to REALLY complete the song.
Kids know most about bullying and to hear them sing out that we need to be "Hateless" would have powerful impact.
A friend of mine had suggested the Winnipeg Youth Chorus. So I decided to contact them on Facebook, they loved the song, and the rest is HISTORY!!! It's funny, I just wanted a children's choir (the sound of children singing), and it turned out that I got a choir of incredibly talented children (these kids are honestly the stars of tomorrow, they are Winnipeg's Mickey Mouse fan club, HONESTLY!!!). And, I've invited them to join me at the launch.
What's the next step for FLO?
Hmmmm, I guess we'll just have to wait and see (stay tuned)...;)