Soulful In Singapore: Portia Monique


Kitty: Where was your first performance, in a church or on the street somewhere?

Portia: It was a church out here in Seattle when I was about 8 years old with the choir. The major performance I had was at the Apollo Theater in NY. That was a great experience even though it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to.

Kitty: What happened, did you get “wonk wonked…?

Portia: Girl, I didn’t just get “wonk wonked” ok, I got tapped dance off the stage sister! But I realized that a lot of the greats went through the same thing. Luther Vandross, Lauryn Hill, Dave Chappelle… So I took that as a nod like “I got tapped danced off the stage so now I know I’m gonna make it”. It ground-ed me; it was a great experience and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Kitty: What inspires you? You’ve been songwriting since 12 or so, where do you get it from?

Portia: My own experiences plus things that go on in life that people can relate to, situations that my friends go through, just a little bit of everything and creativity brings it all together of course.

Kitty: Definitely. There are a lot of people that can relate to your music and appreciate it. Who are some of the people that positively acknowledged your music and what you do?

Portia: I entered into an online site once that gets your music heard by the head honchos. You just submit your music to whomever you want that’s listed. I submitted “Make It Pop” to Rodney Jerkins from Darkchild and I got a really good review, 4 out of 5 stars and he loved my music. That was a nice breath of fresh air. Somebody that works with the greats was validating my work. I’ve placed #2 in a contest on Ourstage as well.

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Kitty Y. Williams
Since moving to Houston, CEO Kitty Y. Williams (MissKittyTV Networks, LLC) has brought positive media exposure to Entertainers, Business Owners, Authors, Filmmakers, Community Leaders and other unique individuals Worldwide. Beginning with MissKittyTV in 2006, she filmed exclusive interviews, showcases, web cam episodes and events around the city, sharing with the world via YouTube. In 2007 she started her Kitty Williams LIVE radio broadcast on BlogTalkRadio, interviewing guests and showcasing music from several independent entertainers. (Read More on LinkedIn)

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