Melody Chidiebere Gabriel is one of the fast-rising talented artistes to reckon with in the entertainment industry. The last girl of the family of four and a graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin participated in this year’s Nigerian Idol and MTN Project Fame 7 reality shows. In this interview with SEYI SOKOYA, she speaks on her latest work and fashion prefrences among other issues. Excerpts:
What has Melody been up to lately
It has been a roller coaster period for me for some time now. I have been busy shuttling from one event to another and at the same time I am cooking up something in the studio which I want my fans to watch out for.
What my fans should expect from my new work released during the week
My fans should expect a blend of stimulating beat and an interesting lyrics of an expression of sweet love. The response has been awesome, My latest song entitled: “Soso” is my new baby which I believe will add to my credit.
Why I featured in this year’s Nigerian Idol and MTN Project Fame 7 I have been singing since I was four years old. My dream has always been to become a music super star and the best way I know to do this is to work my way to the top by leveraging on existing talent platforms. You will agree with me that competition brings out the best in you.
My reality show experience
I have come to realise that learning is never an ending experience that anyone who is determined to succeed must embrace. Take for instance, my experience in Nigerian Idol is not exactly the same as that of MTN Project Fame. The reality shows later opened my eyes to a whole new ball-game in the world of music and entertainment. So, we just get better with every new learning opportunity.
On why I did not win in any of the reality shows
Yes, I didn’t win. My dear, this thing is not all about winning, but the experience matters a lot. As a matter of fact, we all have equal opportunities to take a short at stardom. And you would agree with me that in most cases that the winner is not necessarily the most successful at the end.
My take on whether reality shows are not real
People might have their different views of course. There are a lot of fake reality shows out there that could be regarded as unreal. But for me, I believe that there are a few credible platform that I can say are real. One of such is MTN Project Fame and that of Nigerian Idol.
Take on those who pay ‘body price’ to win reality show
I would say it is not entirely true. As I said eailer, there are some credible platforms, and in these platforms, this does not happen or exist.
What I missed about the games
I missed being served all the time. People are at your service. You don’t have to wash your clothes, cook, do chores or do things yourself. You have your hair stylist, makeup artist, tutor, teacher, stylist. In fact, everything is at your services. All you just need is to concentrate on your music. But in the real world it is the other way round. You have to handle all these and still do your music as well, all alone.
Why I will not dump music
That is my world. I could remember what my mum always says “Na you be Melody, na you be music”. So, if there is no music, there is no melody. My name represents me and I am happy about it.
What fashion means to me
Fashion is simple and style to me. I am pleased with whatever is comfortable and appealing to me.
On whether I am stylish or not
I am stylish. I appreciate and adore the kind of person I am because I believe I am wonderfully made by my creator.
I am not a fashion fetish person.
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