Like many, Geron got her start in the church choir. Only she wasn’t the star of Sunday mornings from the start. Looking back she remembers, “I usually kept to myself, but one day I asked the choir director if I could lead a song and the first time she heard me sing she asked, ‘Where did you get this voice? And why haven’t you asked to sing lead before?!'” All she could do was answer with a shrug of her shoulders.
Today she’s not so shy about her performances or her talents. With Tainted we hear all of her talents and then some, especially on her latest single “Plans.” We talked about all of the above and more in this back and forth between an amazing vocalist and a girl with a laptop in hand.
Kendra: Was the piano something you got into after singing or did playing encourage you to utilize your voice?
Geron: Piano helped encourage my singing. As soon as I learned how to play I started learning cover songs, so I could sing along.
Kendra: Do we hear your piano skills on Tainted?
Geron: We don’t, but I plan to implement them in my next EP.
Kendra: Other than possible piano playing, what can we expect from Tainted as a whole? Does “Plans” set the overall tone of the rest of the EP?
Geron: The intro mostly sets the tone for the EP. I wanted to set a certain mood from the very beginning.
Kendra: Speaking of “Plans,” I love the beach and live about four miles from one but the sand…the sand. Did you like those shots or were you ready to head back to the cityscapes after a day in the sand?
Geron: The beach scenes were definitely impromptu, but I have always loved being on the beach. It was certainly a different experience rolling around in the sand with a wet floor length dress on, but it was still freeing.
Kendra: More with plans, what’s the worst excuse someone can use when breaking plans they made with you?
Geron: Honestly excuses don’t bother me as much as someone just not responding at all and going completely MIA. That drives me crazy because when they finally do come back around, they don’t even want to acknowledge what happened.
Kendra: Back to the music. In terms of R&B, the genre is always evolving. You can pinpoint a ’90s R&B song just like you can one from the early ’00s. What do you think are the defining characteristics of your generations’ R&B?
Geron: My generation of R&B is a generation of storytellers. When you hear our songs it’s like listening to someone read a page out of their diary, so the productions are a little simpler just so that the voice stands out more.
Kendra: Now for a little game of Cover, Duet, Tour With. When it comes to Whitney, Christina, and Mariah which would you rather simply just cover on a record, a duet within the studio, and tour with around the country? In this game, we never lost the greatest vocalist of all time.
Geron: I would like to cover a Whitney song, do a duet with Christina and tour with Mariah!
Kendra: As far as the next few months go, what’s on your plate? What are you serving up for the people?
Geron: I’ve really been focusing on rediscovering myself as an artist, so my next project will focus on who I am as an artist and a creator and less about certain situations from my past.