Released last April, “Duet of Daffodils” is a beautiful collection of heartfelt songs and the latest EP penned by singer-songwriter Kia Bennett. The Washington D.C.-based artist offers mid-tempo and uptempo grooves with inspiring lyrics and soulful melodies on the 6-song EP. The fast-emerging artist will begin working on a new album in January 2013. We should all look forward to it! For now, let’s enjoy this exclusive SolShock.com Q&A with songstress Kia Bennett.
Kia: Duet of Daffodils is a collection of collaborations that I’ve done on other artists and producers albums. 2 Daffodils represent the artists and myself, sharing a dance, a journey, and creativity. Daffodils bloom in early spring and so did I.. by putting out this project on April 20, 2012. Through this effort I wanted to share with you the beauty and soulfulness of my bloom. I had these songs sitting and thought…. I decided to use the EP as a stepping stone and leap of faith. I thought this would be an ideal transition to my solo debut. Love, beauty, human nature, and God also inspired my latest project. My music reflects all those things. I want you to feel high without the feeling of a superficial one. Through my music, I want to create and redefine an atmosphere of love and beauty in all forms and on all levels, embracing you as you embark upon a new but classic feeling. It’s all about the beauty of elevation. My music is universal and for all seasons. You can make love, clean the house, cook, dance, entertain, drive, sleep, relax, get motivated, be vulnerable, and even get lost in it! The gimmick here… is to not have one. Just be true, be able to relate, and know that there is someone out there who feels the way you do.
SolShock: What makes you radiant?
Kia: My relationship with God, my family, and close friends makes me radiant. I only reflect the positive energy which is given to me. My faith definitely makes me radiant. I experience blessings everyday, in everything and every way. Sometimes, I get a startling joy and that is when I know that God and the universe are working for the good on my behalf. I see it, I feel it, I know it, and I receive it! My passion for what I do also makes me radiant. “God gave me a talent and what I do with it is my gift back to him”.
SolShock: What was your most recent happy discovery?
Kia: I discovered my home away from home… on a recent trip to Jamaica. I traveled home with a friend who is a native of Jamaica to discover the rich culture, pride and beauty of the people. Being there first hand, allowed me to experience both the spirituality and the captivating sexual aura of the music. I love me some reggae and lovers rock! The trees and the food went hand in hand. Everyone embraced me as if I were family and friend. “No wey no betta dan yard!!!” (Check out my patois…HA!)
Learn more about Kia Bennett and download “Duet of Daffodils”.
On Twitter: @KIABENNETT