Very few cities live up to the hype that surrounds them, but New Orleans surpasses expectations. Packed full of history, charm, and music – it’s a destination I recommend to all. Especially those who like the latter. The music is constant and it’s not just because people are always in town to play. It’s in major part due to the local artists. Artists like Na’Christia are keeping The Big Easy singing. We talked about the place she calls home, her love and hope for R&B music, and more below.
Kendra: You’ve been taking center stage since you were a kid, singing in church and at school. I think it takes so much confidence to be in the school choir. Like, that’s some next-level confidence because at that age – we’re all self-conscious and going through all these new changes. For you, was singing then just something you felt came so naturally to you that you were able to shake any adolescent nerves?
Na’Christia: The nerves will never go away. I built myself all the way, locked in, and did my best to overcome the small stuff.
Kendra: You also grew up in New Orleans, one of the most picturesque places in America – and also one of the most musical. I got to go once and remember one of the street performers just blew me away. Being a native, where are some musical places in New Orleans that may not be on the average tourist’s map?
Na’Christia: I would say Frenchmen Street is definitely a place to find local music and musicians. It’s a small city so everything is connected. The French Quarter overall is the best place to find local music.
Kendra: In 2020 you dropped “Is It Real” and I think it covers a situation many find themselves in when falling for someone. For you, when do you particularly know that the feelings are mutual and real?
Na’Christia: I know the feelings are real when a person does something for you that has no benefit to them. When there is a connection with no object, You know when the feelings are pure and organic.
Kendra: So I think anyone that sings R&B, appreciates the genre, has a place in their heart for ‘90s R&B because it was just *chef’s kiss*. However, there are so many amazing R&B artists out today that are keeping the traditions of R&B alive and well. With that, how do you feel what you do and will do will continue to add to the genre’s legacy?
Na’Christia: I will keep the legacy going by always staying authentic to the sound, and always referring back to the greats that came before me. I will always and forever lol listen to all eras of R&B. The soul of R&B is what makes it real. It’s extremely important to stay true to that and remain a student of my craft.
Kendra: Time for a side note – with it being summer, I’d love to know your go-to summer anthem? Like what song must you listen to when the weather is perfect and the sun is out?
Na’Christia: Ayyyeee!! Future and Tems, Wiz Kid, and Tems; party music.
Kendra: Lastly, what are your plans moving forward? Is there new music on the way?
Na’Christia: I HAVE SO MUCH COMING UP! I have two songs that are out this month, and a video mixtape dropping soon. I am collaborating with platinum plaque producers who worked with Mary J. Blige, Keisha Cole, and Big Sean just to name a few. So many things in the world can’t wait for the worry to see!