For the past few years, there really hasn’t been any new female R&B acts that broke into the Billboards Top 20, but there is starting to be a shift. 2018 was a big year for R&B, especially for new female acts and I expect this trend to continue this year. There has been a lot of new Rap and R&B acts popping up and it’s really looking like 2019 will be the year for women in all categories.
Now let me introduce you to a promising R&B act Vesta who is from California by way of Virginia. The 21-year-old independent recording artist has the voice of an angel and one listen to her latest single “Faces” will make it clear to you. In 2017 she released her debut EP How Singers Cry which included the standout title track that showcased her amazing songwriting ability, and her wide range of vocals. Since releasing her EP the young songstress has dropped a handful of singles and is currently working on her anticipated follow-up. In March of 2018, Vesta dropped her Giovani Marcia assisted single “Purpose” which found the two singers swapping melodies and was an amazing duet. Her latest single “Faces” maybe her best yet. The track finds her singing on a more bass heavy instrumental that compliments her delicate voice perfectly.
With only 9 songs under her belt, Vesta is just getting started but her skills are far beyond her age. As her fanbase continues to grow and her music continues to get better it’s only a matter of time before Vesta’s name starts ringing bells. I had the opportunity to speak with Vesta about getting her start singing, her musical influences, her follow-up project, what’s planned for 2019 and more.
Check out the interview below along with her debut EP and her recently released singles “Purpose” and “Faces.”
When did you start singing and did you always know that this is what you would do?
- I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. I never thought it’d be something I pursued professionally because my family is super traditional when it comes to school. So my initial goal was always to graduate from college and be a young entrepreneur or something. By the time I was 9, when I started writing, I knew there was no way around it.
Who are some of your major influences musically?
- I wouldn’t say anyone influenced me musically, ONLY because I never really compared myself to other singers. However, when I was younger, I really looked up to Britney Spears (mostly as a performer.) Once I got older and dug a little more into music, I found my love for R&B through artists like Alicia Keys, Sade, Lauryn Hill, India Aria, the list goes on. Modern day, easily I can say I’m influenced by H.E.R
How would you describe your style?
- I’m still having trouble defining my ‘sound.’ I try to keep it in the realm of R&B but I like to keep things experimental too. I don’t think there will ever be a point where I fit into one solid genre — and I don’t want to.
You’re fairly new to the game for people who are not familiar with you what song would choose to introduce yourself and why?
- Usually, when I meet people and tell them I make music, the first song I play is “Secrets.” It’s just a bouncy tune; I love performing it, I loved recording it and I love to see people’s reactions when they realize I’m not just a singer but a writer too. It’s probably the only song I have (out) that’s got an undeniable groove to it.
Your currently working on your debut album which is slated to arrive later this year. Is the creative process different then when you made the EP if so how?
- First, I wanna clarify that I don’t know if this next body is an album or another EP. The only thing that sets this creative process apart is my state of mind. I wasn’t in the right place when I made How Singers Cry, which ultimately made me finish the project a lot faster because I had so much to get off my chest. But I’m based in LA now, I’ve got somewhat a new sense of clarity and this project is not as conceptual. I’m having a lot more fun with this one, I really want to take my time.
Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming album?
- The project will be titled Cabernet. I don’t have a set released date but I’m definitely pushing to have it out by the summer if not sooner. I was really nervous I wouldn’t top my first EP but, I’m confident (thanks to my supporters) that this will blow people out of the water.
Can we expect some videos for your latest singles “Faces” and “Purpose”?
- We JUST finished the video for Faces and excited is an understatement! It’ll be the first video I drop as an artist (one of many for Boris) and I have no one to thank but my amazing best friend/videographer Tiara Imani.
With your album already slated to drop this year what else can we expect from you?
- If there’s anything you should expect from me, expect to see my face/hear my name more. whether I’m in the spotlight or not, my foot is always in the door.