Hometown: Thornhill (Toronto), Ontario, Canada
Zodiac sign: Virgo
Marital Status: Single……and I wish I wasn’t!!
Favorite movies: Scarface, Goodfellas, All the Rocky series, The Notebook, The Pursuit of Happiness, Touching The Void (my favorite documentary), Schindler’s List, Titanic, Forrest Gump, Gladiator, The Pianist, Life Is Beautiful and many others
Favorite Actors/Actresses: Edward Norton, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Keanu Reeves, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson
Favorite pastime: Singing, writing music, watching movies, and sleeping
Favorite color: Crystal Sky Blue & Turquoise
Who is your role model? My mom
What is your biggest fear? Loosing someone that is very close to me
What is your biggest achievement? I don’t think I have reached it yet. it’s an on-going process
What is your biggest dream? To be healthy, happy and to hopefully build a family one day
What are your biggest turn ons and turn offs in guys? Hmmm…I’m very attracted to men who are typically very compassionate, humble, honest, funny, cute, sensitive and smart. I like guys who are communicative and can give a good advice. I like someone with good hygiene, nice smile, fit body, seductive eyes and a gentle heart. European accents are definitely a bonus!!
As far as turn offs, I think arrogance, cockiness and a macho ego would come first. I can never get along with anyone who shows lack of respect. I tend to stay away from guys who are narcissistic, inconsiderate, negative, with no manners and “drama queens”.
When did you start singing?
I grew up in a family that loved music. My mom used to play records all the time. I used to practice singing in front of the mirror for hours when I was just 4 years old. I used to wear my mom’s high heels shoes and pretend I was a famous artist performing in front of a huge crowd. I remember that all I ever wanted to do was sing. Singing made me very happy.
What was the first tune you learned?
It was the song by Nikka Costa “Out Here On My Own” from the musical Fame. I loved that song and sang it to my mom for years. I also liked the song “J’aime la vie” by Sandra Kim. It was the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986, and the first French song I learned.
Who are your musical influences?
There are many artists that have influenced me over the years. As a child, I was heavily influenced by my mom’s music taste. I grew up listening to a lot of 50s and 60s music, namely Elvis Presley, The Beatles. Frank Sinatra etc. I was also inspired by artists like Abba, Bee Gees, Julio Iglesias, Elton John and Israeli singer Ofra Haza.
My musical preferences really depends on my mood but growing up I always enjoyed listening to Michael Jackson, Madonna, George Michael (I’m still his biggest fan ever!), Whitney Houston, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, Eros Ramazzotti, Laura Pausini, Sting, Ricky Martin, Andrea Boccelli, and Celine Dion.
How does music affect you and the world around you?
In my opinion music is the essence of life. Music for me was always a tool I used to “escape my reality”. Just like every human being, there are times where I experience joy, sadness, anger, frustration etc. There are times I feel disappointed, overwhelmed or simply content with the world. These types of events really trigger my emotions. Music is akin to a therapy for me. It helps me release and express my emotions (as oppose to repressing them). Specific songs have strong effects on how I feel.
Music can make you cry, laugh, can help motivate you, strengthen your willpower and give you courage and hope. The world needs to be moved and inspired and people always need something that will help them overcome their obstacles and push them to make positive changes and decisions.
What inspires you to do what you do?
I’m naturally a very ambitious and goal-oriented person. I’ve always been the type of person that took initiative and was never afraid of change. I do what I do because I’m so passionate about it and I love it and I simply can’t imagine my life without creating music.
Good people inspire me, people who have made the impossible possible. People who are not afraid to make a change in the world. I admire people with charisma and courage. I’m very inspired by people who lived and still live a life of legacy: Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Mother Teresa, Golda Meir, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Bono, Nelson Mandela, Russell Simmons, and I can go on listing individuals for hours.
Who writes your songs? What are they about?
Sometimes I write my own songs, other times it is a team collaboration. I can admit that my music is all personal and is about the different experiences I have had in my life. From breakups to fall outs I had with a friend or a family member. I write when I’m touched, inspired, when I feel excited about something or someone, and when I feel down and lonely. It’s a mix of good and bad but I write the real truth about how I feel. There is no “sugar coating”. It is my own interpretation of thoughts, feelings and intentions, and I’m so grateful that I get the opportunity to share it with the world.
What do you hope to achieve with your music?
I hope that I could get through to people and make them feel good and special. I want people to understand that they are not alone and that I can honestly relate to their pain and what they are going through. I hope my music will give people strength and inspire them to make a positive change in their life. I want to be able to reach out to people just the same way that other artists reach out to me when I need a source of inspiration.
What are the biggest obstacles you had so far as a musician?
I think the greatest obstacle was probably what every musician/artist is going through today. I was never given a fair chance to showcase my talent. I was never given the opportunity to be heard properly. It was a frustrating experience. You become so desensitized with so many rejections that you almost lose belief in yourself. Lack of funding is always a huge issue. Music is an expensive endeavor and most musicians don’t earn enough money. Then comes the inability to compete as an indie artist in terms of promotion with all the major labels. Not being able to find a place to play because you are still unknown. It is difficult to find a good promoter who can get you good and regular engagements.
Rome wasn’t built in one day, however, if you remain true to yourself and continue to persevere hard work does pay off.
What advice would you give to beginners who want to pursue a career in entertainment?
Whether you are a musician, dancer, actor, athlete or painter, my advice is to NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAM. The top rules are: 1) Always practice your passion 2) Be persistent, continue despite problems and obstacles you may encounter along the way and 3) Persevere as much as you can and always stay positive.
If you were given a choice to be an animal what would it be? And why?
I would be a dolphin because they are my favorite animals. A dolphin is a symbol of harmony with others, freedom, communication, trust and playfulness. Dolphins have a strong sense of community with each other as well as the world around them. They are also one of the most highly intelligent mammals in the world, and are gorgeous and adorable.
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would say to them?
This is a hard question because there are so many fascinating people who have inspired me and continue to inspire me every day. However, if I had to pick one it would be Elvis Presley because he transformed rock n roll; he put rhythm and blues mixed with country in his own diverse style of voice which formed rock ‘n’ roll and after that formed pop, metal and rap, and a whole new breed of musicians and music came about. His voice was just beautiful and he sang with real emotion, joy, soul and tenderness. Like John Lennon said, “Before Elvis, there was nothing.”
What would I say to the king? Wow! That is a no-brainer… WILL YOU MARRY ME?
What is your favorite food?
I enjoy eating different types of cuisine from Middle Eastern to Eastern European, but if I had to pick my favorite it would have to be sushi. I just can’t get enough of it.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
Not my cell phone, that’s for sure. I would bring my bible, my iPod, and lots of pictures of the people that I love & that inspire me the most.
Looking back on your life, what do you regret?
Absolutely nothing! I love my life! All the people I’ve met, the experiences I’ve had and all the mistakes I’ve made along the way made me the person I am today. I don’t regret a single thing. I learned a lot from each individual that came into my life (good & bad) and the knowledge I gained is priceless.
In your opinion, what is the secret to a happy life?
First and foremost, it is being healthy. The second would be LOVE! It’s very fulfilling when you are surrounded by people who truly love & accept you and when you are able to reach out to people and offer them your love in return. The sense of contribution to society is gratifying because it’s your opportunity to make the world a better place by giving someone a chance they didn’t have before.
What are your dreams and goals?
My dream is to help inspire as many people as I can through my music. It is very fulfilling to be able to make a positive and constructive change in someone’s life. I would love to have my own farm and adopt as many animals as I can. I love animals and I think saving them is very important. I adopted a male cat last year who ran away from home and he is the most incredible creature on the planet. He is smart, loving, gentle and just so adorable.
There are thousands of animals waiting to get adopted every day. The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. By adopting from a private humane society or animal shelter, you’ll help save the lives of two animals-the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere that can be rescued because of space you helped free up. So PLEASE, if you can, go to your nearest animal shelter and adopt one today! You can make a HUGE difference.