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Straight out of the deep South comes this young talented lady who goes by the moniker, Vitamin Cea. Her debut project “Joy Full Noise”(stream is embeded below the interview) was released a while back and some of her other works have been featured here on DEHH . As an emcee she blends her lyrics with heartfelt emotions, enthralling melodies with a soulful tinged soundscape to boot.
We at DEHH got in touch with her for a brief chat about her upbringing, music making process and a whole lot of personal insight into what makes her tick. Check the interview below.
DEHH: Who are you and what do you do?
I am Charity Hicks also known as Vitamin Cea. I teach, I learn, and occasionally I rap.
DEHH: – What do you do when you’re by yourself?
It depends on the day. I’m either relishing in the silence, writing, or listening to music. But 9 times out of 10, if I’m really by myself I’m just enjoying being by myself for as long as that lasts.
DEHH: What got you involved in this in the first place?
To be honest, I wasn’t allowed to listen to secular music as a kid, so there was so many classic artists and songs that I didn’t know about. But my pastor’s son, Jasiel Ace, who is now one of my closest friends used to rap with my sister’s ex back when I was in like elementary/junior high. When I heard him rapping songs that he was able to spit in church that weren’t corny and was mad lyrical, I was inspired. Super inspired actually. So I started writing raps with his music as the standard.
DEHH: What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?
This one is mad random but I remember 2 days before 4th grade started, I was attempting to make a doll house out of the cardboard crates that the WIC milk came in. (Innovation, don’t judge me.) I was using a knife to try and cut a door in the front of it and I accidentally stabbed my hand. My little sister was with me and I kept telling her not to tell momma because I was scared of getting in trouble for using a knife on cardboard. I was real live getting light headed and dizzy but since the cut didn’t hurt, I thought I could handle it. I was dripping blood all the way to the bathroom, not thinking about my hand per se, but getting in trouble for hurting myself. After my dad saw me I remember being extremely dramatic and all of a sudden feeling the pain. I still have the scar. It’s small but it’s definitely there.
DEHH: What’s your musical background?
I grew up listening to what my parents and big sister listened to, so there was a lot of Donnie McCklurkin, Kirk Franklin, Kiki Sheard, Yolonda Adams, The Winans, Trin-i-tee, J. Moss, Mary Mary, Tonex, 21:03. A lot of different gospel artists who have influenced other genres of music greatly. These were some of the only people I was allowed to have in my CD player. As I got older and began to venture into music in the “real world”, I gravitated to Young Money. Lil Wayne, Nicki, and Drake were the trinity to me for a very long time.
DEHH: Could you briefly describe the music-making process
Every song comes to life in a different way. A lot of times I’ll get ideas while in the shower or while driving and I’ll repeat them so I don’t forget because my memory when it comes to lyrics isn’t as great as most lyricists. I’m not a freestyler, so I can sometimes get a theme or concept and try to come up with a hook. Typically after I have a hook, the bars flow. Typically.
DEHH: Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
He’s Bigger by Jekalyn Carr is a definite favorite. I remember playing that song daily when I’d moved into my dorm and still had no clue how I was about to pay for school. It was a constant faith/spirit check.
DEHH: Which emotion more than any other, currently dominates your music? Joy, sadness, anger or passion etc. , and why?
Mainly joy. I deliberately choose joy though. It’s not like I don’t get sad or angry or depressed or confused. I exemplify those through the music as well. Or at least I try to. But I want joy to be the overall tone of my music because there’s so much to be upset about and sad about. But there’s a bunch in this world to be joyful about as well. So I try to provide a balance between all the emotions of life. Its like joy is the cake and everything else is the icing. Joy is the core even though all the other emotions are just as important and just as valid. They honestly make the cake worth eating. But with or without the icing, cake is cake. If that makes any sense.
DEHH: What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I always get mad hype when like hood niggas dig my work. And that’s happened more times than I can count. I remember when I dropped #CoppinCea and there was this cat on Facebook who kept commenting on how I was the dopest female he’d ever heard.
DEHH: Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
It definitely can be. For me, being an artist on top of just being the type of person I am, I’ve had the issue with feeling like I burden people with my artistry and all that entails. I’ve been really apprehensive with sharing my art out of internal fear on top of the fact that most of the things I was/am concerned about, some people in my age range aren’t really thinking about, honestly. Sometimes your ideas and outlook on the world can make artistic life a little lonely. But I don’t think that’s always a bad thing. There’s balance. Counteracting the loneliness is only through venting to God and seeking that divine comfort on top of surrounding myself with other creatives. People have this idea that they’re the only ones who feel the way they feel and that there is no one on earth who can understand them. I’m not shallow enough to feel like I’m the only person who thinks as farfetched as I do sometimes. Plus, humans are weird so being around people who own their weirdness is very comforting.
DEHH: Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues?
I’ve performed at a few places in Jackson, MS, but only one place on the Gulf Coast, ironically. I’ve been on the stage at Hops and Habana’s for Sika’s Audience Control, Conkrete, Starbucks at Jackson State, Freelon’s, and the spot on the coast was 13th Street Jazz Bistro. I think that’s about it. My favorite stage is definitely Hops and Habana’s. Always a nice crowd and great vibe. Least favorite? I don’t think I have one yet, thank God.
DEHH: Do you have any upcoming shows?
I’ve been out of town on business for a minute so not currently but I’m definitely going to start making things shake in August again. Just keep those eyes open!
DEHH: In closing, tell us something about any projects and ideas you have in store or are already working on?
I really don’t want to give much away, mainly because nothing is really concrete, but I’m definitely a feature fanatic and I’m going to be doing more and more of those. Definitely more shows as well. As far as projects, me, my sister NeoSoooul, and a lot of my other female musical counterparts have something special in the works. There’s no dates or anything for sure but we’re strategizing. So once again, keep your eyes, ears, and minds wide open.
DEHH: What is your dream project?
NxWorries, Lauryn Hill, Quavius Black, Rapsody, Frank Ocean, D.Horton, and Kierra Sheard all just doing what they do. That would be iconic.
DEHH: Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?
I want to work with teenage girls more. I’ve had the opportunity to sporadically pour into them whether it be musically or ministry wise but I want to be more intentional in my focus on young girls. That’s where my next desire would come in I guess. I need to do way more writing. A dream is that I can publish a book or two before I’m 25.
DEHH: Favourite or most inspirational place (in *Gautier*)?
On the coast, I’d say the beach. Pascagoula beach. In Jackson, I’d have to say my Element while its parked in a safe place. I love vibing in my car while in Jackson.
DEHH: If you were given a chance, would you enter Big Brother?
Nope. Too much energy to be honest.
DEHH: What is your favorite daily wear attire?
A t-shirt, thrifted mom jeans, and either my chucks or my birkenstocks aka middle age uncle shoes.
DEHH: If you were a biscuit, which would you be?
Sausage and cheese. I hate jelly so I’d wanna be a simple biscuit.
Keep up with Vitamin Cea : Twitter: @TheVitaminCea | Instagram: @TheVitaminCea | Website
After making a strong first impression on “#CoppinCea“, Vitamin Cea is back once again. While the former found her in a more playful state dropping bars without a specific topic, “Vibe Therapy” provides more insight into Cea as a person. On the track she reminisces on life as a young woman growing up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. To bring things full circle she speaks on her current experiences as a student at Jackson State University. The way her upbringing has influenced her train of thought is on full display with this single. Be sure to check it out and prepare yourself for Vitamin Cea‘s debut project “JoyFull Noise” which is set to arrive in March.
“Remedy” collective member Vitamin Cea makes her debut in proper fashion with her first official release #CoppinCea. Though it may be her first time being heard by many, one listen will let you know she is not a rookie skillwise. The record comes in celebration of Vitamin Cea’s birthday, but it’s the listeners who ultimately receive the gifts here. The now 21-year old femcee out of Mississippi holds nothing back as she delivers bar after bar with sharp flow and lyricism. The single helps to build anticipation for her debut LP “JoyFull Noise” which will arrive in the coming weeks. Be sure to give it a listen and “hashtag that you #CoppinCea” after you’re done.
Social Media: Twitter – @TheVitaminCea | IG – @TheVitaminCea | Facebook: Vitamin Cea
We recently sat down with talented RnB/soul singer Josh Waters and he shared some interested insight into his life ranging from music, his background and more.
Sit back and check it out below.
How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?
I grew up in a musically inclined household, so I pretty much grew up around music. My mother was a singer, and actually would do live recordings for a local TV station.. I can remember waking up mornings before school and seeing her and feeling so inspired by it yah know.. My older brother popped out of the womb playing drums, he would literally crawl to the kitchen, pull out pots and pans and bang on them, and the rest was history for him and i just gravitated towards what i grew up seeing.
As far as me becoming an artist and taking what i was doing seriously, I started seriously recording music around fifteen.. hearing myself come through the speakers blew my mind.. it was a high i just couldn’t seem to shake..and actually hearing what others thought about what i was creating shocked the shit out of me..and over time I continued to grow as a artist and a creative in general.. and honestly, in the beginning my driving force came from a different place.. i was younger, and moved by different things yah know.. but today, my son and my family is what keeps me going.
Do you remember the first song you ever made? How did you go about it?
YES I REMEMBER! “loving you aint hard” was the first song I recorded.. I was in the 9th grade.. one of my cousin’s was dating a man that was into music.. i remember him letting me hear some artist that he had been working with and telling me that if I were serious about pursing music that the next time i came to stay that he would get me in the studio.. i made it my business to return, and i did with a half written song that he and the producer helped me bring to life.
What has been a seminal experience for you?
My first sit down with Dutch Dinero (Big K.R.I.T’s manager) man I was nervous as hell.. in the meeting he was giving me so much game and asking so many questions, most questions that I couldn’t answer due to my lack of knowledge of the industry… Everything that he said I needed that I didn’t have, I went back to Mississippi and brought it to reality, and the initiative I took then were the steps necessary for me to be in the position I’m in now.
Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
“No Weapon” by Fred Hammond
If a movie about your life in music was to be made, what interesting/strange moments and stories would you share to make the movie cool?
My SXSW experience in its entirety.
Are there any other interesting facts about you that hardly anyone else knows?
I’m a nature boy and I love animals.. I wanted to be a veterinarian and a dog breeder growing up. I was also the section leader of the drumlin at Alcorn State University. The coldest to come through the yard.
What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry? And what would you change if you had the opportunity?
To me, the best thing about working in the industry is the freedom thats given to be who you are and create the things that I feel. If i could change anything, I would probably change what’s being pushed mainstream.
Looking back, what have been the most important moments in your life so far?
Witnessing my son being born was the most important moment in my life, that has yet to be matched.
What have been the biggest highlights?
Working with my childhood hero, BIG K.R.I.T and going to SXSW are still the greatest moments of my career yet.
What has been your biggest challenge…and how did you overcome it?
Battling depression and almost giving up on music and my life. I overcame it by surrounding myself with people that genuinely loved and cared about me.. a lot of prayer, and weed to be honest. Overall, my son is what kept me here.
What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?
Probably my willingness to listen and understand.. and that I give pretty good advice.
What is your most valued material possession?
Probably my laptop.
Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?
I was extremely nervous about meeting K.R.I.T, which is crazy because he’s so humble and down to earth.
Who have been the coolest, most memorable people you’ve met along the way, and how did they make an impact on your life?
I feel like I’m using K.R.I.T. for all my answers lol, but its him man…I was fourteen when ‘Krit wuz here’ dropped, that project put me on to so many different things, knowledge. I grew up without a father.. so he and his music basically raised me.. so to actually have a relationship with this person now blows my mind still today.
What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?
Probably going Ruth Chris while I was at SXSW and T.I. and his entire entourage being there and I’m having to pretend like this was a place I had been before.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
SZA, and I can’t cook..but i would prepare whatever it is she may desire.
What are the greatest songs, albums, books, movies, TV shows, websites you’ve ever come across?
greatest song, ‘Love’ by Musiq Soulchild
greatest album, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ by Kendrick Lamar
greatest book, ‘The Power’ by Rhonda Byrne
greatest movie, ‘Love Jones’
greatest tv show ‘Martin’
Name 5 songs (yours excluded) that we would expect to find on your iPod or Music Player
Best part by Daniel Caesar
Never by JID
Confidently Lost by Sabrina Claudio
Lac Lac by Big K.R.I.T.
Free Lunch by Isaiah Rashad
What special-hero type skills are you blessed with?
My ability to discern.
When you’re sitting on the porch age 97 what would you like to look back on and smile having achieved?
Ahh, thats tough. All of my dreams, from making it with music, seeing son become the king that he’s destined to be.. seeing my family stress and worry free.. just seeing my people happy.
Where can everyone reading this interview keep up with your adventures?
instagram and twitter @joshwatersmusic
Any final thoughts?
Just want to thank everyone for reading, as well as you for giving me a platform. Blessings.
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