Local Singing Sensation, Michele Henderson is encouraging young artistes to keep developing their talent and honing their skills in order to become successful musicians.
This statement she made during an interview with Dominica News Online on Monday.
“If you don’t put that effort in then you are not going to be on the top of your game,” Henderson explained. “You might be a musician but you will not be one of the best and so to be successful you have to be among the best, you have to stand out and people have to want to hear what you have to say.”
She said being an artiste is a career.
“It is a career and job like any other job and so the same way it takes a Doctor to learn a skill and to become a successful Doctor, the same thing goes for a musician and you have to put that effort in,” she said. “I see a lot of young persons’ come to my studio and ask questions on how to make it in the industry and I don’t think they understand the level of work that it involves.”
As part of Francophonie Month of activities Henderson together with Cadance Band, Midnight Groovers were recognized at an awards ceremony held at the Fort Young Hotel last week.
She received an award for best recording artiste and best female artiste in 2014, while Chubby and the Midnight Groovers was awarded for their promotion of Francophonie music.
Henderson told DNO she was honored to have received such special award.
“For me it is quite an honor because I have a passion for the French language and the Creole language as well,” she said. “I made an effort to learn to write the language because I wanted to write music in French and Creole, so that I could have songs played on the radio in the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, so to me it is quite an honor to receive such an award because it validates the effort made to learn and to practice as much as possible.”