BFT: When did you start singing and acting and what motivated you to pursue being a singer-songwriter/actress as a career?
SL: I began singing at an early age in school choirs. My grandmother enrolled me in an acting class as a child and I fell in love with the craft. I’ve always been extremely motivated to pursue a career in the arts. My grandmother used to say, “You have to have something to fall back on.” It was then I decided I would fall back on singing and/or acting either way. I didn’t see any other alternatives.
BFT: How would you describe your musical style(s)? Who and/or what are your musical influences?
SL: My musical style and my personal musical interests vary. I am influenced by artists as diverse as Barbra Streisand to Amel Larrieux. However, my very own style is sultry vocals mixed with heavy bass, which is reflected on my current album Gossamer.
BFT: You have taken on a new venture of promoting women’s fitness. Why did you decide to make this decision?
SL: I have always been very athletic and health conscious. In high school, I was on the gymnastics team and I ran track. As an adult in the entertainment business, I use those innate tools to stay in shape and eat as healthy as I can. It’s so important for women to stay healthy and fit and unfortunately many women feel as if they do not have the resources or time to do so.
BFT: Were you physically active while growing up in Queens? If so, what were you involved in? Was a healthy lifestyle practiced in your household?
SL: In my teens, I was an athlete. If school was out I was dancing with friends. My mother cooked every meal, so I wasn’t raised on processed foods. I always had a taste for fruits and veggies over candy and sugary drinks.
BFT: What is your current workout regimen? How do you adjust when traveling and taking your work on the road?
SL: My current workout regimen consists of Pilates. I definitely target my arms, abs and glutes as seen in my workout tutorial. When I travel, I get up a bit earlier and get in a quick workout on my laptop before I hop into the shower. Even fitting in a 10-minute workout daily makes a difference.
BFT: We all know that proper nutrition is key, so what do you eat to stay at your best?
SL: Yes! Proper nutrition is key and my particular diet consists of protein, whole grains and leafy greens. I eliminate white sugar, bread, rice and potato from my diet. I also load up on Omega 3s, 6s and 9s, multi-vitamins, holistic herbs and tons of water.
BFT: What is your favorite food or meal to indulge in?
SL: As of now, my favorite food to indulge in is Moroccan food. It’s perfect for my non-dairy diet. I eat fish once in awhile and I eliminate all other meat. As far as beverages, I love the mint tea that I make at home.
BFT: Stress can be a part of everyday life for many these days. So when you have a tight schedule and multiple obligations like traveling, TV, music, etc., what do you do to relax and restore balance when things get hectic?
SL: To relax and stay level headed, I go to sleep to positive and motivational instructional music. My favorite is Gary Quinn because he’s so positive and reminds you to relax and TRUST.
BFT: You’ve brought three workout clips for us on arms, glutes, and abs with your trainer Darci Mayan. Any plans to continue making more videos?
SL: My trainer Darci Mayan and I have discussed filming a full-length video. Who knows what the year may bring! Right now, tune into our quick workout videos to instantly tone even if you have limited time to spare.
BFT: What advice would you give to the Black Fitness Today community on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
SL: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle means finding what works for you and implementing it into your life as best you can. If you can cut out sugary sodas and add an apple a day then that’s a great start. Also, finding the workout that best suits your schedule and personal needs is key. Everything is not for everyone.
BFT: Where can readers find out more about you and your current projects?