Siting in a recording studio between my record company and sound production team we started discussing the marketing of me as an artist and my sound. It was this discussion that made me realise exactly what I was part of. What was being established in this meeting is what sound and look was going to capture the hearts of a majority. First on the list was RnB, ‘No chance, Beyonce has got this genre on lock down’ someone said. We then started going through the possibilities. Someone suggested ‘Crunk, like Ciara, she’s opened up a whole new areana’. I immediatley objected, ‘Hell no, I ain’t having a bunch of people head banging to my music’.
At this point my heart became very unsettled. It was almost like I had a vision, I seen loads of young girls wanting to dress like me and sound like me. I was beginning to recognise Its not just about getting people to buy your music and enjoy listening to an artist. What usually happens is when people fall in love with your music, they also fall in love with everything and anything that artist becomes a part of.
I was not fully practising Islam at this point, but definatley went home with a weight on my heart. You see from an early age singing was a past time for me that got me a lot of attention, and my art was refined by the content and delivery and style. Soon I became a master of the arts and would love the feeling of walking onto a stage and not only capturing peoples attention, but keeping it. Everyone was under my control.
The point being that whether you are listening to a popstar or nasheed artist, there is a danger of you falling so deeply in love with the artist that you start to wanna dress like the artist, and recollect lines from their music to help you through life. Allah has already provided mankind with a message and in the most beautiful of manners. I now devote my time to encouraging people to spend their time listening and learning the words of Quran rather than this Music.
By the grace of Allah, I never ended up signing the internation record deal that was offered to me. Praise be to Allah. I still address an audience, but in a manner that pleases my lord.