Miss Chay Bella aka The Rap Princess is an American singer, songwriter, performer, author, and actress. From beauty pageants to Rap Princess duties, Miss Chay Bella completely took the world by storm. As Junior Miss International, Chay Bella has literally been winning hearts and talent shows since her toddler years. Talent show after talent show, it appears she left a lasting impression! She is obviously made for whichever stage she chooses. Ultimately, she wanted more than beauty pageants and compliments on her looks. She exchanged her loneliness for education and music. Academically, she served as DECA Vice President, Sophomore Class Vice President, ran a few school stores, wrote for the school newspaper, and sat on Old Dominion University’s Homecoming Court. In 2012, she walked away with a BA in Communication and continued to win our hearts and excel all over again with more matured music!
She has spoken and performed at many amazing venues and events including Hip Hop Day, The Department Store, Maximum Exposure, Centerstage, Union EAV, Bourbon Room, Harlem Nights, The Doles Center, Kryptonite, Lovecraft, Rampage Skatepark, New York Comicon, and The Harbor Lights Yacht. She is also a published comic book hero and motivational guest speaker. She has climbed numerous music charts including Slacker Radio, SpitYoGame, Myspace, and Soundclick. She has partnered with WODU Studios, iHeartMedia, and Entercom Communications.
Miss Chay Bella has been featured on Glocawear Radio, Da Blacktop Radio, Grounded Magazine, and Patchwerk Studio’s Artwerk Periscope Show. She has been seen in CrazySexyCool, The Game, FBI, Love Thy Neighbor, Blindspot, The Walking Dead, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Above The Shadows, and Star on Fox. She has landed major auditions with Adidas, Purple Rain The Musical, Covergirl, Under Armour, and more. Her hobbies include songwriting, meditation, theater, mentoring, and book publishing. Her latest projects include Permanently On Vacation, Back At It Again, Something From Nunu, and Bella’s Secret Closet.
Q: When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?
Ans: It’s very exciting! I get inspired in the moment, and I at least record a voice memo or jot lyrics down. The time always varies and no one approaches me like, “You need a new record!” It just happens. At any given time, I’m working on hundreds of songs at a time.
Q: How do you shut things out?
Ans: Headphones, quiet place, don’t answer phone, affirmation or meditation videos.
Q: At what age did you start singing?
ANS: I started writing at 8 and rapping at 11.
Q: Do you teach music?
Ans: I help artists with songwriting and teach indie artists how to get their music out there.
Q: When and why did you start playing?
ANS: I always looked for an outlet to repair my extreme emotions, and writing came naturally. I remember discovering my brother’s lyric book as a kid and being so infatuated as if it were magical. It was so secretive! I wanted to make music that the world would hear. I didn’t want to hide it. I wanted the world to discover my lyrics and feel the way I did! I want them to still feel the magic.
Q: You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?
ANS: I draw inspiration from everything. My favorite part is the recording process.
Q: For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words?
Ans: Rap, R&B, Pop, Fantasy, Cinematic? I don’t know, how would you describe it?
Q: What is your favorite song to sing live?
Ans: Designer Shit.
Q: How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
Ans: I balance my music career with an acting career and other key things that make me happy. Keeping a schedule is super important!
Q: Who are your inspirations?
Ans: For music, I’ve looked to every strong successful woman in the industry for inspiration including but not limited to Rihanna, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Mya, Fefe Dobson, Ariana Grande, Sade, Willow Smith, and many many more.
Q: Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to sing as a career or just advice about careers in general?
Ans: Do It Anyway. Do It Your Way. Be better than you were yesterday. Don’t place limits on yourself, the world will do that for you. Keep learning yourself and believe in your vision. You have to be your own biggest fan! Think globally, not locally.
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