Despite living in times when we share most of experiences, we tend to deal with our emotions and mental struggle alone – singer/songwriter Tangina Stone bridges that divide. Here latest track “Anxious”, lifted from her forthcoming LP Elevate, is a deeply personal exploration of internal and external battles.
Elevate is Tangina’s first full-length album and arrives three years after her debut EP The Fall. The result of three years of growth, the record touches on mental health, tragedy, vulnerability and social crisis – it’s truly a record of times.
Ahead of her the album’s release, get to know one of music’s most exciting voices.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is really reflective of the music that I like. And I like pretty much everything. So there are no boundaries for me. No specific one genre. I blend elements of rock, soul, electronic, pop, and other stuff into my music.
Your latest track “Anxious” is a really beautiful articulation of vulnerability, how important are personal experiences to your songwriting?
Personal experiences are the most important thing in my songwriting I think. There are times when I write about experiences that were not even specifically mine. But they moved me or touched my heart in a way that they sort of became personal.
You’re about to release your debut full-length record, what can people expect from Elevate?
People can expect to get to know me through my new album. They are going to learn things about me that up until the album release, only my close friends know about me. People can expect to be fully transported into my world. My heart. My brain.
On a really personal project like Elevate how did you go about choosing who to work with on the record?
The project would not have been possible without Crystal Caines. She is one of my best friends in the world and connected me to all of the other producers on the album in one way or another. I think our bond as friends, sisters, and black women in the industry, helped me to open up and get more personal.
It’s been three years since your debut EP, has your sound changed over the years?
My sound has changed drastically I think. I’m sure that it always will. It part of the process of "Elevation".
What was the last record you really loved?
Currently, im stuck on 6lack's record called "PRBLMS". I’m obsessed with this artist right now. He's amazing.
What’s next for you?
What's next is continued growth. Sharing my truth with the world through this music. Promoting messages that I support that have to do with Black Mental Health Awareness, Black lives matter, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, prison reform, and every single societal ill that kind of has the world upside down right now. I speak a lot about this stuff towards the end of my album. I’m an activist, and will use my music as a platform to fight for all of the causes I truly believe in. It’s my responsibility.