Exclusive: Mali Nicole Reveals ‘Sweet Sixteen’ EP [Video]
As the anticipation continues to mount for the release of her highly awaited new mixtape which she calls ‘Sweet Sixteen’ to drop, the 16 year old R&B/Pop sensation Mali Nicole wastes no time by giving us the green light to reveal the tape. But that isn’t all. In fact, to go along with the brand new tape Mali also graced us with an exclusive interview which found her speaking on an array of topics such as her musical inspirations, what we can be expecting from the mixtape, as well as even hinting at an upcoming album.
Catch the full interview below:
For those of us who don’t know who Mali Nicole is how would you describe your sound, style, personality, and ambition as an upcoming star on the rise?
I’m just a 16-year-old who wants to share the gifts God gave me with the world. My music has more of a R&B/Hip-hop/Pop sound. My look has to always stand out and be colorful! I would have to say I’m more of a laid-back person. I have a great sense of humor and I’m pretty weird lol. I have a passion for music; I live and sleep it, and it’s a great feeling to be able to do what you love. It doesn’t matter what obstacles are in the way, it’s never going to stop me from reaching my goals
The toughest part is I don’t really have time to do the normal things that kids do. Sometimes I just want go off with my cousin and friends but I’m always busy practicing something or in the studio. The rewarding part of it is that I get to do what I love to do and most people can’t say that they’re doing what they love to do.
In your cover for Justin Biebers ‘As Long As You Love Me’ we find you not only singing, but also showing off your crafty and innovative dance moves. Who do you credit your talent as well as skill as a vocalist and dancer?
I have worked with a lot of choreographers before and I was in a group for a little while but I would credit my dancing skills to my current choreographer because he helps me one on one and makes sure I’m clean with my moves. I hear him in my head when I’m dancing. As far as my vocals, I would (off the top) credit that to my mom because she makes sure I’m singing correctly and taking care of my voice.
Who inspires you musically?
The main person who inspires me musically is my mom. She’s like the greatest singer to me and she really believes in me and helps me a lot overall as an artist. My other inspirations are Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston and Madonna. These people are just amazing to me. They inspire me to work hard and to never give up on myself. I’ve seen documentaries on every one of these legends and they inspire me more and more every time.
Besides being one of the most talented artists to emerge on the scene, what do you do when you aren’t in the studio?
I like to make funny videos with my sister, do my homework and sometimes chill with the team.
You are gearing up to treat us to your brand new mixtape which you call ‘Sweet Sixteen’; can you speak on the tape and let us know what we can be expecting from the tape?
First of all I wanna say it was so amazing to be able to put this project together! I’ve chosen my favorite songs to cover and added my own style to them. Expect to hear songs you may already love and hopefully I can make you love them even more.
Who can we be expecting to hear as features on the tape?
As far as my mixtape, it’s all me. However, you can expect a couple of big artists on my album, so be sure to stay tuned because every one of these songs are dope!
Who is your celebrity crush? Why?
I currently don’t have a crush on anyone; however, there are a few celebrities who I think are hot! But I ain’t telling lol!
After you release the mixtape what can we be expecting from Mali Nicole in the near future?
After I release my mixtape, you can expect my album. It’s so tight lol! I co-wrote the songs and there will be some big artists featured on it, so I’m excited and can’t wait for you guys to hear it!
How can we keep in contact with you?
Twitter: @ MaliNicoleMusic
In addition, Mali also recently revealed the second episode of her ‘My Sweet Sixteen’ vlog series which captures her treating us to a special performance. Be sure sure to catch the full visual above and keep coming back to I am Jason Lee for the latest in celeb and entertainment news.