Actress, singer and songwriter Shvona Lavette is a multi-talented artist with a very bright future! From television shows, to commercial spots, to the recent release of her buzz-worthy album, Gossamer, the Queens, New York native has now taken on a new venture – promoting women’s fitness. Black Fitness Today had the privilege of chatting with Shvona on how she balances a busy schedule with living a healthy lifestyle. Plus, she has brought a few exercise videos to share!
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.