Conya’s Pocketful of Purpose

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by Kitty Y. Williams and Keita Hall
Known as the “Queen of Indie Soul”, Cleveland native Conya Doss has been inspiring the masses with her timeless classics for over a decade. As and Independent Artist often mentioned in the same sentence as Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and India Arie, Conya shares how staying true to herself is the real secret to her longevity in the music industry. The results from that personal conviction have her constantly receiving accolades from Celebs including Michael Baisden, Raheem DeVaughn, Anthony Hamilton and more. Ms. Doss set aside some time to chat with The INDIEgator about her musical journey from Cleveland School of the Arts to The Apollo Theater to stages across the world. She explains how she makes it through everyday while wearing so many different hats in both her professional and personal life. Conya also lets us in on her career plans for the next few decades including how she feels about Fashion, Modeling and Acting. The INDIEgator magazine would like to thank Lisa George and Keita Hall of ConnectingYOUto for assisting us in coordinating this EXCLUSIVE interview with Conya Doss.

When I’m on a cane 20 to 30 years from now, I still want to perform and create.

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The INDIEgator: You started singing at 5 years old. Why so early?

Conya: It came naturally, just being around music. You mimic what you know and what you’re exposed to. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have some form of music around me.

The INDIEgator: What was your experience like the first time you performed in the studio as well as your first time on stage?

Conya: The first time in the studio felt so amazing. I used to try to get innovative and get two recorders and sing then play it and sing the harmony with it, but I could only hear two part harmonies. I thought it was amazing to go to an actual studio and get creative with laying the lyrics down with background vocals. It was so exciting as there’s so many cool things you can do (in the studio). As far as live performing, I’ve definitely come into my comfort zone with that and I had to grow into that.

The INDIEgator: Fast forward. What is it like now?

Conya: Every time in regards to live performing it’s always a great feeling, especially when such positive energy is reciprocated from the audience. It’s a give and take; it’s always a rush that I get. I really love performing. Every time I’m in the studio recording it’s quite amazing; especially when I know what I’m doing. But sometimes you can get writer’s block and you get a little frustrated; that’s when it’s time to walk away for a second. Then I go back in and create a new song or something.

The INDIEgator: Did attending Cleveland School of the Arts have anything to do with your decision to turn your talent into a career?  

Conya: I think to a certain degree it did. I definitely learned a lot from my peers with regards to performing and actually wanting to be in the lime light. However, I had a lot of good teachers there who focused on academics so I

was really more geared toward the academics side of it. I had a wonderful Chemistry teacher at the School of the Arts who motivated me to attend undergrad school; my undergrad degree is in Chemistry. She always told me you “have to have something to fall back on.” So attending the school served its purpose in a dual manner.

The INDIEgator: What was the real turning point for you?

Conya: When I first started doing reference vocals I had the honor to work with a lot of great Producers who had been out there, primarily Tony Nicholas. He encouraged me to continue with the writing and doing a lot of my vocals and studio work and I really enjoyed it but initially just wanted to stay behind the scenes. I did so many reference vocals and wrote a ton of songs and that’s how I came up with my first album. The initial goal was just trying to get those songs placed on someone.

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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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