Jamaican Music Music Interviews

11 Questions for 2011 With Tanya Mullings

Internationally recognized multi-award winning Canadian singer, Tanya Mullings has been in the recording and performing business for 21 years. Her four albums, in conjunction with the most prestigious producers in the industry, cover all genres of Reggae and Rhythm & Blues. She’s had the pleasure of working with veterans such as Jack Scorpio and was voiced by the late great Alton Ellis on her debut release. Her love for music came from her father, the late Karl Mullings, who managed her career. She credits other greats, such as the late Jackie Mittoo, Lynn Taitt, Hopeton Lewis, and bands like The Fabulous Flames, The Cavaliers, The Sheiks, and The Cougars as influencers in her career.  Currently, Tanya is also a singer/radio host on www.DaFlavaRadio.com.

1.    When and where did you get started in the actual music business?  1st show/recording?
In 1989, I started in the music business at the age of 15 in Toronto, Canada. The late great Alton Ellis voiced me on my first recording.

2.    Who were your early influences?
My late father Karl Mullings, Whitney Houston, Marcia Griffiths, and Alton Ellis.

3.    What is your current project?  Or what do you have planned?
I’m currently working on my 5th album

4.    Where is your largest fan base located, and why?
    Jamaica, this is where I performed the most throughout my career.


5.    What has been your most memorable career moment and why?
Performing on Sumfest in Jamaica. I performed just before the closing of the festival 4th to the end.

6.    What has been your biggest challenge professionally?
My biggest challenge was coping with my father’s passing.  He was my manager and best friend.

7.    If you could collaborate with any artist, of any genre, who would it be and why?
It would have to be R. Kelly.  He is just extremely talented.

8.  If you only had time left to perform one last song, what would it be and why?
I would perform “Daddy” as a tribute to my father.

9.     If you could change one thing in the reggae music business, what would it be and why?
I would change the content/lyrics of what is coming out in the music today, and hope for more positive music that will have staying power and last for a lifetime.

10.     Here’s your chance to thank someone who has been instrumental in your career, who would that be and why?
I would have to thank my father. I am who I am today because of him. It was always just he and I :), and I know he is still guiding me on my journey.

11.    Tell us one thing about yourself that your fans do not know.
I have 2 beautiful boys that are my life :).  I am truly blessed.

About the Author:
M. Peggy Quattro, Reggae Report founder and publisher, celebrates 30 years in the Reggae business in 2011.  As head of RRI Media Corp., she manages  ReggaeReport.com Reggae Report on Facebook, performs freelance writing, editing and PR, public speaker from a personal reggae perspective on Reggae history, and is a Certified Social Media Strategist and consultant.  -  Reggae Report/Facebook    ReggaeReport.com  Blog- www.mpeggyq.com ReggaeReport Twitter    [email protected]

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