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The 'revival' of Ms. Black

Canadian R&B chanteuse celebrates her ‘great 0-8’



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Success hasn’t come easily for this talented performer.

“I would say I’ve been on an incline, where it’s been hard work and being in the right places and continuing to train myself and my craft to, when the opportunities came, I was ready for them,” she said. “There was no one ‘big break’ moment.”

As if she doesn’t have enough of her plate, Black has just signed on as a cast member for the upcoming season of Canadian Idol.

“I’m a mentor, I’m a friend, their confidant, I’m not a judge — I’m someone I really wanted to have in my life when I entered the business, and didn’t have someone at arm’s reach,” said Black. She hopes to be an encouraging voice of support for these aspiring artists, helping them avoid some of the pitfalls she encountered on her “long road” to success.

“For some reason, a lot of people are afraid, in the business, to give information, and that’s how you empower people and empower yourself, by sharing.”

It’s just that type of positive attitude that really shines through on, Revival .

“Looking at the audience, shoulders back, chin up! Like, really, be strong and know that the judge is just giving his opinion,” she said. “This whole world is full of judges and if you let them get to you, why even be alive?”

Over the course of her career, Black has had the opportunity to work with some big names in the business, like Nas, 50 Cent, and Jay Z. She’s written for Destiny’s Child, and has worked as an entertainment reporter for E-Talk Daily. And Black doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon.

For now, she’s getting ready for her stint on Canadian Idol, which has already started filming, before her next single and music video are released. And she has a lineup of festivals to perform at during the summer months. But she’s still very focused on promoting her latest album.

Revival is only seven months old, so I don’t want to sell it short,” she explained. “I want to put all my energy into this record.”