I’m sure you have heard of new Capitol recording artist Priscilla Renea – Her video for “Dollhouse” has been looped non-stop on MTV between their “cable” shows – and she has also penned a few songs for fellow singer Katy Perry. “Dollhouse” is a little too commercial for my taste, but I’m really feeling the YouTube videos where it’s just her and her guitar. Simple pleasures. We caught up with Ms. Renea via email and she told us a little bit about her start in the industry.
You just performed at Lollapalooza. Do you feel you perform differently when you are in front of a large audience (as opposed to in front of a digital camera for YouTube)?
I feel no difference when I’m performing in front of a super huge crowd like at Lollapalooza than when it’s just me singing to my YouTube audience because I don’t have to focus on just one person in either situation. There’s no awkwardness. It’s just me and the bright lights shining in my eyes.
What is it like working with Benny Blanco? Is he as pervy in real life as he was on Bangers & Cash with Spank Rock?
Benny is a nutcase. He’s crazy. He’s just about as pervy as he’s ever gonna get. lol. At least I hope he doesn’t get any worse!
Benny has worked with Katy Perry, and your song “Dollhouse” seems more like pop than some of the other tracks we’ve heard from you. Since “Dollhouse” came out, have people started comparing you to Katy Perry?
It’s natural that when you’re a new artist people need someone to compare you to just to give them an idea of what type of artist they think you might be. I’m grateful for the comparisons, must mean I’m doing something right.=]
We are following you on Twitter. Are you addicted to it, or do you just tweet occasionally?
I am addicted to Twitter. It’s ridiculous actually. I check my emails, calls, texts, and then Twitter.
Do you owe your success to Jennifer Hudson? Do you think it was just lucky that you chose “And I Am Telling You” right around the time Dreamgirls came out?
I owe my success to the GREAT team I have behind me. It’s a machine. I got where I am today because I was blessed to be doing all the right things at all the right times in all the right places. I chose the right song at the right time with “And I Am Telling You”. Hopefully I can continue to be so insightful. lol
If you HAD to choose, what is the one beauty product you CANNOT live without?
Eyelashes. I swear they make my face look different.
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