Considering the focus and direction of artists in the contemporary music landscape, what the world needs now is a little bit of “Hope.” And while it may be standard practice for music lovers to be inundated with sexual imagery and care-free lyrics, should one search hard enough, they will no doubt find a rare alternative: the proverbial "diamond in the rough." Last year, in 2009, Atlantic Records found their precious gem in Los Angeles, California. (Perhaps the old saying is true: “Hope springs eternal.”)
With song placements in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? (“Who Am I To Say”), P.S. I Love You (“Fortress”) and MTV’s The City, Hope has steadily increased her exposure behind-the-scenes. In fact, her first single, “Love Love Love,” captivated Jason Mraz so much that he sought a collaboration with Hope, in order to be a guest feature on the track!
In preparation for her 2011 self-titled debut, Hope managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on her move from New York City to the “City of Angels,” the inclusion of “The Rain Don’t Last” in the American Red Cross’ PSA for Hurricane Katrina, and the lasting impact that she “hopes” her music will have on the world.
Considering the fact that a lot of your songs revolve around social issues, when I also look at your name, Hope, what is your ultimate hope for your music? What do you hope people will be inspired to do, or what you hope people will be motivated to do, when they listen to your music?
I hope that people will be inspired to live happily and to live in love, live fearlessly, and live with a real sense of hope. I know there are a lot of things going on in the world and sometimes we have a tendency to get down. We get so caught up in so many things, and there's so much more out there. There's so much more beauty around us that we don't see because we're distracted. I just want people to feel happy about life and happy about living and the people around them, and then to love. Mainly to love and to feel hopeful.
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