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#musicmoney meets Haitian American vocalist and actress in The Queen @MalouBeauvoir

Where are you from?

I am a citizen of the world! Born in Chicago, of Haitian parents, I moved to NY at 5yrs old then to Paris at 15. I lived in Europe for over 20 years. I consider myself Haitian and American...and a tiny touch of French!

Describe your sound:

Different! I guess everyone says that...(lol). This album SPIRITWALKER certainly has unique mix of songs and its own distinct sound.

"Haitian-American vocalist, actress and songwriter Malou Beauvoir celebrates her Haitian roots and vodou in Spiritwalker. The album crosses over into solid world music territory with a superb fusion of Haitian rhythms and melodies, jazz, neo-soul, reggae, funk, Cuban influences and, on “Rasenbleman,” irresistible cutting edge electronic dance music."

Describe your sound:

If I have to describe my sound, I would say it is a mixture of old and new. The "old" relates to the songs, the values and ideas they convey and the the ancient drum rhythms inspired from Vaudou. The "new" refers to the beats, the arrangements, the inclusion of Hip Hop, Reggae, Jazz, pop and anything else that I felt rendered the songs fresh and alluring for a widespread population. They are in Haitian creole and English which enhance the experience! I want these songs to become mainstream...and Vaudou to be recognized for for its inclusiveness.

Tell us about your latest track:

I am really happy to be releasing "THERE'S A MAN" as my 3rd single from the record. I wrote this song many years ago when I experienced a spiritual awakening in the form of visions. I kept seeing a spiritual man dressed in tattered clothes calling me and asking me to look beyond appearances and listen to my heart. He was astounded that I couldn't hear the "roar" of voices calling out "dying to be free". "There's a Man" is the recounting of that vision as purely as I experienced it. For "Spiritwalker", when my co producers Chico Boyer and Cheff Loncher heard it, they really liked it and we kept the hip hop vibe it was written in and Cheff added the violins as a rhythmic element.

Who inspires you?

So many tremendous artists! From Aretha, Whitney, Barbra Streisand, Miriam Makeba, Amy Winehouse, Dinah Washington, Frank Sinatra for their unique voices and phrasing...(which is in fact storytelling) to Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, Simon and Garfunkel for their beautiful harmonies and musicality.

I spent much time traveling - to Europe, to Africa, to Brazil, middle East....and those trips and cultures inspired me through the people and their music. I love instruments and quirky sounds that I instinctively seek to reproduce in my tracks. I love slow heart wrenching ballads and I love to dance and spent time toplining for a DJ. All those elements inspire and influenced my sound on this album. I needed to free myself from the confines of a style and just be me.

Where do you see your career in 5 years?

Flying!!! Took me some time to allow myself to be who I am musically. The spiritual side was always clear but I didn't realize that my voice was a just a "tool" for my thoughts. I'll be at the top of the charts in 5 years!...bringing about change and communicating love, tolerance and and acceptance of cultural differences throughout the world... through my music and films (I'm working on a documentary on What Vaudou truly is)

Where can we check out your sounds?

New single "THERE'S A MAN Radio Edit"

Tell us something about yourself that the people need to know:

I believe that our minds are the most powerful thing in this world...and that if you believe deeply in something, you can accomplish anything. I believe in a world governed by love...

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