Cmagic5, Independent singer/songwriter, musician, and model. It’s my vivid imagination and original ideas that made me want to think of something creative and different. The “C” corresponds to the initial of my first name, which I may choose to reveal sometime in the future… The number 5 is my lucky number, being born on the 5th day of the 5th month. Ever since I was little, I always hoped that people would experience “magic” through the power of “music”.
I am so excited about my new release. After my previous R&B single, “LEGO” is a fun glimmering contrast, with it’s fresh and catchy tune from my forthcoming debut album. “LEGO” explores varied musical landscapes with a profound theme through creative, fun yet evocative lyrics. Some music has the instant ability to transport you, and this one is sure to mesmerize you and makes for an addictive play-on-repeat track.
This track simmers into life with tropical synth beats and hints of spicy salsa flavor. The playful, sassy vocals, perfectly match the Latin cues captured musically and create a captivating effect. Overall, this ear worm single, particularly the solo trumpet chorus which is the centrepiece, adds a spellbinding ingredient and will leave your ear buds dancing and toes tapping.
“LEGO” is accompanied by a lyric video filled with visuals and graphics to enjoy. So, make sure you have your toes tapping to this one 🙂
I am happy to share the YouTube link to the track Here
Where are you from?
I am a Canadian artist from Toronto.
When did you start making music?
I believe that music chose me. My parents say that I started humming before talking. My passion for singing and performing manifested itself when I was very young and I was already performing to a ‘living room’ audience by the age of 5. I believe that the inspiration for writing songs was innate and I had written my first song at the age of 6. By the age of 10, my articulation developed and I had written and composed my very first original song with no help. The lyrics were very raw, pure, and straight from the heart. This ignited my creativity as Cmagic5 and encouraged me to pursue song writing.
How do you describe your music?
Music itself is a universal language. I feel it is important to explore different styles, genres, and languages. As English is my first and only language, studying and performing different vocal pieces in various languages has not only enhanced my abilities as a musician, but has also educated me and expanded my horizons on diverse cultures. While the genre of my music is pop, the uniqueness of my sound is created by fusing other sub-genres into my songs, such as pop/afrobeat/trap like “Just Wanna”, or pop/orchestral/rock like “Outta My Head”. When it comes to my original music, I like to give every song a different vibe with its own identity through my voice and song-writing style. By many, my voice has been defined as a cross-over between Toni Braxton and Dua Lipa.
Favorite moment from your career?
I am grateful to my parents who encouraged me to earn my credentials as a classical vocalist from the world-renowned Royal Conservatory. I also landed my first job as a qualified vocal mentor. Being able to share my knowledge and passion with the youth today makes me feel incredibly grateful.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
Although I have been musically inspired by Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Toni Braxton, one of my greatest musical influences has always been Nina Simone. Her voice, style of music, and work ethic have all inspired me to be the greatest musician I can be. One of her most successful songs, “Feeling Good”, was the first song I began to perform in front of large live audiences. The more I sang it, the more I began to discover my true abilities as a vocalist. The profound response from the audience motivated me to think of my art as a career and hone my craft even further.
What is your producing software?
Our world is constantly changing, especially digitally. I always try to ensure that I am aware of the current trending programs, as well as use older DAWs to my full advantage. While I think that the more advanced DAWS like Cubase and Ableton provide the best technical affordances, I also believe that the simplest programs like GarageBand and Logic are a great tool for casual production and experimentation.
What other things do you do besides making music?
As an artist, I believe creativity is a trait that is inherent and intuitive. I am grateful to my parents who supported my passion and provided me with a strong foundation in the creative arts including dance, drama, and music, as a child. I was able to harness and develop my acting skills further and played lead roles in yearly Summer Broadway performances. Along with acting came opportunities to model, as my bold and vivacious style are representative of some brands that I have collaborated with in the US, Canada and Dubai. While acting and freelance modelling remain on the back burner, I am passionate about music which has been my focus, forte and niche with my ultimate goal to hone my craft and positively impact people through the powerful, universal language of music.
Furthermore, I am also a mental health ambassador on various platforms and podcasts, that also champion the cause. I want to raise awareness and promote mental well-being more so now than ever before.
I am also a first-year university student at the University of Toronto!
What is your favorite track of all time?
It’s highly commendable to see the immense contribution to music out there, is mostly homegrown right here in Canada. The Weeknd is one of my favorite artists right now who champions individuality, as he chooses to be both lyrically and sonically different. His creative approach to music is exceptionally appealing which offers a medium of escapism. I think that the tracks off of his new album are incredibly captivating and timeless, especially “After Hours”.
What is your best-producing tip?
My strong foundation in music has expanded and strengthened my skills as a musician. When it comes to producing, I compose the structure of the music myself at home and then collaborate with my producer to complete the rest of the production through studio sessions.
My best tip is to trust the creative process and allow your thoughts to flow. Nothing should ever be forced and you should always follow your instinct to decide which direction the track should go in. It’s great to be inspired by other artists and music out there, but there’s nothing like creating and establishing your own unique sound for the whole world to experience.
Why did you start making music?
For as long as I can remember, music has always been an integral part of my life. Taking inspiration from others or my own life experiences, toxic relationships, bullying, etc. I started writing and there has been no looking back. My music has been greatly inspired by real-life experiences and is a blend of reality and my vivid imagination. Music is magic and offers a diverse platform that transcends all boundaries irrespective of different cultures and languages. You just let the creativity consistently flow. It’s a surreal experience to feel, visualize, articulate, and embellish it with your own voice and own music.
What are your goals for the future?
2020 has no doubt been an interesting year for everyone, full of transitions, and I kind of think it’s only up from here. I am grateful for interactions like this and can’t thank you enough for having me! I’m excited to continue sharing what I love and finding new ways to create during these trying times I’m looking forward to a more personal discovery, and sharing this journey with the world.
While 2021 seems bleak now, I hope to go on tours, perhaps drive-in shows with sanitizer shots, haha, hoping it would be safe enough to do so then. For now, my biggest goal is to release my forthcoming debut album by the end of this year/early January. I am working on a couple of different styles and to have that incorporated all into my album is something I am stoked about and cannot wait to share with the world!
I am also preparing for some international radio interviews, podcasts as well as digital magazine features. I’m excited to be collaborating on the remix for some of my songs with different producers, and establishing synergies in the future.
What advice can you give for the young singers?
I always try to encourage artists to be their most authentic self always! Yes, for sure, be inspired by successful artists around, but share your own light with the world and own what makes you unique. Being a vocal mentor, I am dedicated to helping youth amplify their voice in society, as well as on the stage.
Always remember to take care of yourself as an individual first, then as an artist. What’s important is to never give up no matter how challenging things can be, and stay focused. Never let anyone stop you from doing what you love. Stay hungry for your dreams, and make it happen!
In a nutshell, Keep the faith, work hard, and stay humble.
Please write a message to your fans.
Music to me is rewarding because of the support and feedback I receive from my followers. I am humbled, grateful, and feel blessed by their love and appreciation for my work. I engage with my fans constantly and make it a point to not only thank them but also encourage them to pursue their dreams. Their support means the world to me and they are part of my extended family. Fans, supporters, and well-wishers can always tune in and stay in touch via their favorite social media platform through any of the following handles.
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