From her self-titled platinum debut album to the breakthrough single Case of the Ex (Watcha Gonna do), Mýa has always been artistically involved in her successful career. The gorgeous Mýa Harrison also made history with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, P!nk and Missy Elliot for having the most successful airplay-only single Lady Marmalade. Together, they won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration and sold over 5.5 million copies. Fast-forward 2016, the ever so charming singer, producer, actress and philanthropist has joined Examiner Leny Navarro for a brand new interview while promoting her excellent 12th studio album Smoove Jones.
Examiner Leny Navarro: Mýa, Smoove Jones is doing well, do you feel a certain pressure when it comes to being independent?
Mýa Harrison: Not at all! Being independent gives me freedom to creatively be great. Standing on your own doesn’t always get major exposure or support, but because I make music from a pure place, I am more so excited and relieved that it actually gets out into the universe.
LN: Team You is simply cathartic but If you had to pick your favorite track off the new album which one would it be?
MH: My favorite track from the album right now is Hold On. Everyone at some point fights battles or has struggles, and in moments of doubt or defeat, this is the song coming from a place of never giving up. It makes me think of the angel on the shoulder voicing understanding but guiding you in the right direction to take you out of that dark place.
LN: What’s the last thing somebody taught you?
MH: My mother (Mama Theresa) who does all of my mass mailings & shippings recently taught me how to use Paypal so I could send out all of the personalized orders of the latest CD & calendar (laughs). My dog and ‘right hand man,’ who recently passed, taught me that guardian angels and cycles tend to come in every form in the universe. He was 8 years old and saw me through 8 independent projects, from an unsure place to a confident one. And now I’m ready to fly.
LN: What do you want people to remember most about you?
MH: Leny, I’d like to be remembered as a good person, that gave as much as she could with what she had to give.
LN: Can you tell me why TMATF (The Mya Arts & Tech Foundation) is close to your heart?
MH: The arts are statistically proven to increase independent thinking, creativity, discipline, balance, and academic improvement in children. In many inner cities, there are issues of less economic stability, poorer education, community centers being stripped away, arts being removed from the school system leaving many children imbalanced, isolated from their most powerful self… the independent thinker, the creator, the dreamer often leaving children more susceptible to other harmful things out of boredom or feelings of rejection. At an early age through the arts, I was fortunate to find an outlet to learn & apply, express myself, create, develop a positive image of myself, and a feel of importance, and significance to the world. Sometimes that’s half the battle living in areas that do not get the same care, attention, support, opportunity, and I’ve always wanted to share that magic. Art is the more spiritual side of education that really does saves lives and makes amazing individuals.
LN: As an artist, you have mastered a style element and great fashion choices, where do you like to source your inspiration?
MH: Clothing, hair and make-up are just reflective of how I am feeling at any given moment and that varies from day to day (laughs).
For performances I have my favorite go to’s like Prince, Donna Summer, Vanity 6, Sheila E, but it also depends on the type of show I am giving. I could pull references from Broadway musicals, Rock Steady Crew, a Jamaican dancehall or gentlemen’s club, etc. all within one show. It truly is a playground with no restrictions for me.
LN: Finally, what is your best beauty tip? Your favorite makeup?
MH: Best beauty tip… Work yourself from the inside out. Eat right, drink right, look right!
Positive energy brings a certain glow, so think positive, choose positive, be positive & attract positiveness. It always shows up on the outside. My favorite look would be a fresh, dewy face with a bronze, sun-kissed glow. It looks so tropical and reminds me of a place that feels like true home.
The album Smoove Jones is available here.