Lime interview - Music
EDITOR - Vernia Mengot
The sensational voice behind hits like “Beautiful People”, Precious Love”, “Deep Inside” & “I Get Lifted” talks to Lime magazine
Leading diva of dance music Barbara Tucker has been on the house scene for over 20 years. She has performed in front of worldwide audiences and some say she had taken the crown as Queen of house. In an exclusive live show, you can see the vocal diva perform this month for an experience in club land history.
This month you’ll take to the stage at the ‘Back to 95, 11th Birthday Party’ tell us what your fans can look forward to...
My fans can look forward to a good old classic set from me, full of fun and energy with some teasing.
Throughout your phenomenal music journey what has been your biggest challenge?
I can’t say I had one honestly. When you do what you love, you work it humbly with passion, excitement and love.
Tell us about an unforgettable memory during your singing career...
One of my most unforgettable memories is performing to thousands of people at the Grand Prix in Germany. All I could see were smiling faces everywhere and it felt so good.
Who is the most influential person in your life?
God is always influencing me through the wind, the sun, and people. My mentor Bishop E Bernard Jordan is also another huge influence with his teachings on life and one-ness.
You've performed all over the globe. When you’re not on the road what do you enjoy doing?
When I’m not working I spend a lot of time being at and around my church, Zoe Ministries, creating and producing other projects.
If you describe yourself in one way, what would that be?
Tell us about some of the producers and DJ’s that you have worked with...
I have been so lucky to work with so many great talents including George Clinton, David Guetta, Masters At Work who I wrote my anthems with such as “Beautiful People”, “I Get Lifted” and “Stay Together”. DJ Louis Vega also worked with me at my hugely influential midweek club Underground Network in New York. I have also worked with Erick Morillo, Moby, Pet Shop Boys, Yolanda B Cool and continue to host a Wednesday night party in Ibiza every summer.
So are you back in the recording studio, can we expect any new material from you?
I am working on a new album being executively produced by Kevin Hedge from Blaze, which is my main focus. Kevin and I have also worked together on a big project for a Women’s’ Homeless Shelter with 25 other artists including American Idol’s Anwar Robinson, Freddy Turner, Sheila Ford, Vicky Martin, Kimara Lovelace, Jay Williams and many more to produce the song “We Can Heal”.
I am also working on a new group BDQ, which stands for Barbara Tucker, Duce Martinez and Quinta. We are a diva, a DJ/Producer and an MC and I’m having lots of fun with them producing music for the dance floor. I love producing vocals for artists and my vocal group, the B Crew with Dawn Tallman and Charlotte Small, has a new song with Kenny Bobien titled “That’s What Friends Are For”. I also continue to spread the artists’ voice at conferences such as Miami’s Winter Music Conference; Ibiza’s summer season and selected live dates.
‘Bright Young Things’: what advice would you give to someone who wanted to achieve their ultimate goal in life?
Understand the goals you have set yourself and go for them, creating and bringing out messages of love, hope and faith. Don’t sell yourself short and ultimately be happy for all things great and small. I like to meditate and be silent when I’m not working so I can hear what God is saying and that I can bring that out into the world.
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