ZHANÉ NICHELE

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WHAT IS THE MEANING BEHIND THE TITLE?

I chose to name it The Loudest Library for 3 reasons.  Many of these songs like "In Security" or "The Sunset" capture people's life experiences, giving them a way to connect deeper than just music. Just like a library, this album is filled with the words, feelings, and emotions you find in anyone's story. The loudest part represents these songs giving a voice to those who feel like they don't have a platform to speak, or don't yet feel like they have it within themselves to share their own story. It lets people know that millions are going through their same experiences, and it's okay to feel hurt, or vulnerable, or even lost at times. The end messages are what are you going to do after the hurt? You feel that way, but then you get up and you change your situation. For example, "In Security" speaks about a girl who is insecure with herself and looks for validation in other ways. The end message is that you can't find love anywhere else other than in the mirror. You are the only person who can love you enough to change your life for the better. Before anything else can happen, it does, and will always, start with you. Lastly, I chose The Loudest Library because of the contradiction in it. A library is meant to be silent. Not only does the title represent people having the strength to embrace, embody, and share their stories, but on a personal note, the contradiction represents my first project as an artist. One of the biggest things I had to deal with during the album process was people questioning whether I was serious when I said I was a rapper. People take a first glance and see a sweet, calm, and collective female. Nobody looks at me and expects me to be a rapper, let alone actually be good at it, and then I turn them into a believer. So the contradiction represents me embracing the doubt. I used this project to come out LOUD, definitely making the statement that I am a rap artist, and nothing about this artistry is silent, timid, or undeniable. That's The Loudest Library. 

 

IS ONE OF YOUR GOALS TO BE A ROLE MODEL? 

My goal is to be an influence, not a role model. I feel like role models are for people who still believe that perfect exists. I want to influence the person that knows they're not perfect but feels like because of it, they could never live the life that they dream. I want to show them that that's the best time to make something of your life. You take your flaws, your insecurities, your fears, and you make them work for you. Once you embrace those, no one can use those against you, and you use them to your advantage. You went through things in your life that you wish hadn't occurred? You take those occurrences and you build a platform around it. Find your testimony and turn it into your triumph. That's what I want to influence. I don't believe in role models, but I believe in embracing what's real. Life isn't perfect, and nobody in it is, but everyone needs to see those imperfect people who made a perfect situation for themselves. That's what I stand for. 


WHAT DOES MAKING MUSIC MEAN TO YOU?

Making music means standing in my truth. For a long time, I tried to mask what I loved because I knew it wasn't the most admirable or "safest" way to take, but that desire became too strong for me to fight any longer. When I make music, and share it with the world, I am acknowledging that this is who I am, this is what I love, and this is what makes me feel like I'm making my life worth living. You have to embrace what you love. Always stand in your truth. 

 

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE FROM YOU IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

My next project is creating an annual music showcase for upcoming artists that will happen in May 2015. The purpose is to invite artists whose dedication and work match their talent. Having the talent is only 50% of the deal. Talent is only impressive for so long. What is really impressive is seeing the desire, drive, and dedication matched with that talent. So this music showcase will invite those artists who embody that. Working on that and the music is what's in the near future, but there will be much more to come.