DFM: Where are you from?
FELICIA TEMPLE: I’m from Bergen County, NJ and proud of it!!
DFM: What made you decide to get into the music industry? And how long have you been in it?
FELICIA TEMPLE: I grew up around music, in the studio doing my homework while my father recorded. Everyone in my family sings and/or plays multiple instruments. It’s simply in the blood. I have been singing professionally since I was about 13 years old when I started singing backgrounds on the road for my father, a house legend, Diamond Temple. I was so young sometimes they would have to sneak me into the venues we had to perform at!
DFM: Who are your musical influences?
FELICIA TEMPLE: Mariah Carey, Donny Hathaway, Barbra Streisand, Prince, and Alicia Keys.
DFM: How would you define your music?
FELICIA TEMPLE: I would say it is relatable. I never like to push my sound into one particular genre. I write from real life experience and hopefully people relate and are drawn to it because of that.
DFM: What inspires you when you’re creating music?
FELICIA TEMPLE: Whatever is currently going on in my life, love, heartache, lust, sadness. I write it all down. It pours out of me.
DFM: What do you think your listeners will get out of your music?
FELICIA TEMPLE: I hope that my listeners don’t feel so alone in their thoughts once they listen to my music. I want them to be able to say “wow, someone else felt the same way I do,” or “yes! I’m not the only one who thought of that before!”
DFM: How do you separate yourself from other artist of your genre?
FELICIA TEMPLE: I don’t. And I don’t feel it’s my job to go out of my way to be “different.” I’m very good at being me. It’s up to the public to decide what separates me from the rest. I write what I mean, I sing with a passion and I don’t hold anything back. If that separates me then great!
DFM: What would be your dream collaboration with any artist of producer? Why?
FELICIA TEMPLE: That would have to be Bryan Michael Cox, I love his whole vibe and sound and I think we would make some great music together.
DFM: What is the most difficult thing you had to endure in the music industry?
FELICIA TEMPLE: The most difficult thing I’ve had to endure is being alone. Being an independent artist is a struggle. I don’t have a team to support me, so from booking shows to studio time, meetings, marketing, its all me. I make all of the decisions and there’s no one to consult. It can be overwhelming at times.
DFM: So, what are your thoughts on the current state of the music industry?
FELICIA TEMPLE: I think music is coming back around full circle. There is PLENTY of great music out there, there are just no major radio outlets for it, especially in the NYC tristate area. The industry, as with most major businesses, comes with a lot of politics and BS. Luckily for us independent artists, if you have a business mind and an entrepreneurial spirit, you can do most things by yourself without needing the major label backing.
DFM: What do you hope to accomplish throughout your career?
FELICIA TEMPLE: I hope to be a household name. I want to be able to travel the world and perform for people. I don’t need to be as famous as Beyonce. I want to be still be able to go to the grocery store without a security detail. Eventually, I want to tour as a performer of course and I want to start a non profit medical mission to help provide surgeries for people who can’t afford it (I’m a peri-operative RN during the day). I want to show little girls you can do it all. You don’t have to choose just one career.
DFM: What projects are you currently working on?
FELICIA TEMPLE: Currently I am working on my second EP entitled “Bedroom Chronicles.” I am so excited for everyone to hear this project. It’s definitely a sexier, more grown up vibe. Hopefully I will be releasing it in early June. I also have been doing some writing to have songs placed with major artists. I will be performing at SOBs on June 10th for BET Music Matters where I will be debuting some new music from this upcoming EP.