Well, that is something I believe you learn or it’s already apart of your persona. I’m not
a boaster and never have been. Believing you always have room to improve and having
God in your life plays a big factor in remaining humble. I didn’t always have this voice,
so to me God can take it away at anytime. Therefore, I have been checked by God and
understanding humility will keep you humble.
Yes, it definitely will. How old were you when you first realized that you could sing?
LOL! I thought I could sing as a child, truth is...I could not sing as a child. I just sang loud and obnoxious. I was always making up songs and singing the wrong words to popular songs. But to answer your question I have been working on this voice for years. In 2006 is when the voice came through. Even my own mother didn’t believe I was singing when I let here hear my first project “The Demonstration Vol. I” . She asked where I got all the people to sing my background vocals LOL!
Hmm, I never would have guess because you have such an excelllent voice. So outside the mainstream industry who inspires you the most?
I’m not sure if my role models are considered not mainstream or at least there were at one time. I am inspired by India.Aries’
in her music...ok ok she made the song “Brown Skin” but that’s her prerogative. Overall
she uplifts, learns, teaches, lives, and grows..and you hear it in her music. Her mission is
admirable and intend to create music for the same reasons.
I love India Arie. Her music is definitely uplifting and soul saving. What challenges do you face as a female artist?
Ha! Being a female artist is a challenge in its self. My final answer is coming.... (smiles)
Well the music industry has been said to be dominated by men, so that plays a factor too.
I’ve ran into a lot of men in this industry that basically just tried to tear me down. Saying
things, like: “You can’t start a label without $15,000”- “You can’t write to this kind of
production”- “You don’t have a lead voice”-or them not wanting to help at all. Sooooo, I
took matters into my own hands and persevered. I used those things that would hinder and
average person, and used them as motivation.
I most definitely can relate. That’s why it is utterly important for us girls to stick together. So we know you as an artist right, but what is the side of you that the public never sees?
Hmm They never see...me display my Love Life. I believe that it’s personal...yes some songs are inspired by it. But if I’m with a guy and truly have feelings...it’
This is true!! I noticed that you have worked with various youth programs and non-profits
that serve young people. You have also performed at national events that have called attention to human rights. I commend you for that. Who inspired you to work for change within different communities throughout the world,and how?
Well, I’m from San Francisco and I was born a humanitarian (Smiles). I’ve always
worked with different youth programs whether is through school or church. I also, did
revolutionary spoken word/theatre..So, it in me. My father is also a mentor and started a
young men’s program. It’s in my blood :)
That’s awesome. So tell me, what songs are you the most proud of and why?
Well, I’m actually proud of the songs that I am currently working on with me and my
guitar. It’s been a little over a year since I have been composing on my guitar but I love
it and wouldn't change it for the world. They are not released on CD/Digitally yet. It’s
coming sooner than later.
Oh, I love the sound of the acoustic guitar. It brings so much life to music. That’s one of the things that I admire the most about you. Now tell me, If you could put together your own personal dream band, who would you select and why?
OH WOW! Hmm.. Sheila E, Missy Elliot, Lauryn Hill, K-OS, Esperanza Spalding, Jason
Mraz.. I know...what a combo lol
Lol~You got to love it though. I'm pretty sure that they would produce an amazing sound. What do you enjoy the most in your career?
Meeting awesome, loving people, traveling and uplifting people with my music.
What’s next for you? Where we can pick up a copy of your CD, and please give us the links to your website and fan pages for those who would like to follow you.
My official website is chaquismaliq.com
Follow me on Twitter @chaquismaliq
My first project “The Demonstration Vol. I” can be downloaded for free at http://
My second project can be purchased at the following links
Thank you so much for having Brunch with Spoken Word!! I enjoyed
chatting with you, and I look forward to all of your future projects.
Thank you for having me, Spoken Word. I really appreciated this. See you soon.