Finding Our Way to Carlitta Durand

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Listening to music is one of my absolute favorite pastimes. There is nothing like great music and writing. That's what makes living in the Triangle so enjoyable because we have such an amazing collection of musical creatives living right here. Today's post features one of those artistically creative individuals. Her name is Carlitta Durand and her music transcends genres. She's a gifted songwriter, singer, entertainer, and mother. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota she moved to Durham, North Carolina when she was in the 8th grade. I'm so glad she made Durham her home because there is such a growing musical kinship here I just can't explain that she's apart of. Plus, she attended NCCU #EaglePride. We chatted about her music, what she's listening to, and her life as a mother.

So here's how it all went down.......

How did your musical career begin? 

It started in school and I was a theatre major so I've always been around performing or being on stage. In college I was around people that did the same that were into music or acting. I grew up acting and singing but it really didn't happen until college when I was around people doing the same interests. That's where I met the members of Little Brother and doing songs with them. Then I ventured off doing my own music.

https://soundcloud.com/carlittadurand/find-a-way

When was your first solo project? 

My first project was called Carlitta's Way: The Prelude which was was released in 2009.

So looking back from then to now, what would you say have been changes in your music?

I would definitely say my writing and I have grown a little bit more. Just things in my life happening like becoming a mother and experiences I've gone through. Also, my vocals have changed. When I first started off I only knew of one way to sing but since then there is so much that goes into singing and recording. So I've learned my sound. Overall, things have evolved with my writing and vocal ability as well.

Your latest project, I'll be Gorgeous when I Die, is now released so what is your favorite song on the album? 

The single "Find A Way" is my first song I recorded for the album. I actually recorded it when I was pregnant with my daughter. So it was a special moment and it felt really good recording it. It came out really nice and people love that song.

Especially, like The Art of Cool Festival and I think Durham is going to make a mark. I think we are in the midst of making history and 10 years from now we can look back to see people are going to look at Durham as an entertainment and music area.

- Carlitta Durand

How's your songwriting process? 

It varies. Sometimes I write to a beat where someone has made me a track or a beat so I write to that. I might start writing from melodies I come up with in my head then later write it down. I get inspired by words and I like to expand upon them in song. So it just depends I don't have a specific writing style.

https://youtu.be/RvJrhl6JzOY

What would you like our readers to know about you as an artist?

I'm just organically me. What you see is what you get. Whenever you see me in my live shows you see me exactly how I am. I like to make music from the heart and the soul. I think that's how I connect with people through that. People can tell if you are real or fake.

How do you feel about the Durham music scene from 2006 to now?

I'm excited about it. When I first started, just 10 years ago, back in 2006 you had Little Brother so they were relatively  new. You really didn't have alot of soul, R&B, Hip-Hop singers but now as Durham is growing as a city I think its shining a light on our city. We have Joshua Gunn doing his thing and we went to high school together. You have Rapsody of course and she's doing her thing. She started back when I started or maybe a couple years before I did. Its exciting to see people and hear their stories especially if they started back when I did working to see their hard work pay-off.

What's on your Summer playlist?

I've been listening to Jessie Boykins III project Bartholomew I've known him for about 10 years now. I've been listening to Phonte and Eric Roberson's new project. I don't really listen to a lot of music like I use to because now I have 2 small children so I'm busy with them unless I'm working out but I'm open to all kinds of music.

How has the influence of being a mother been like for your music?

First of all being a mom your perspective on life changes a little bit so you become less selfish and more selfless. Things aren't about you anymore and things are 100% about your children. I look at things a little more differently now . I'm more grateful for life and the things God has blessed me with. He's blessed me with 2 beautiful children so I'm more thankful and that comes out more in my writing. Maybe 10 years ago my writing may have been about relationships I had back then and break-ups in I don't want to say negative but different way where now its more positive things I write about that are uplifting. That has a lot to do with my children.

Since I've had my son 4 months ago I am chilling a little bit but I've been working on my music. I started working on The Doug and Patty EP 2 we really don't have a date of when it will be out just yet and I'm working on new music. I am going to start performing again soon too. - Carlitta Durand

Do you have any words of encouragement for people want to pursue a career in music?

I would say if it is something your really passionate about then you should really pursue it. You don't want to regret not even trying. Whatever it is you want to do try it and you don't want to live life with regrets.

Carlitta Durand has worked with Little Brother, Murs, The Academy, and many others over the course of her career. Her music is inspirational and breathes life to the listener's ear with her melodic tones. She's doing her music her way. Life, Love, and Motherhood has been a story to show you can find balance in all aspects of your life. Its so much more that's coming from this creatively gifted woman and we wish her continued success in all her endeavors.

Until next time Ladies & Gentleman this is The Lux Blog. - K. Knight