Glenda is an award-winning, Recording Academy voting member and Grammy-considered artist whose altruist endeavors lead the way in making a difference in the world of music and uplifting the lives of others.
For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough then tell us more!!
Passionate, Soulful, Sultry and Deep - Music that makes a difference.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.
My favorite part about being an artist is that I get to share what I feel is important in life. Sharing experiences from my life or from others, ones that touch peoples hearts and move their soul. Stories told that can build a oneness. For me all of my artistry is a gift and a joy, but writing the song and performing it live is my fullest and highest expression. Recording is another aspect of being able to share your voice and tell the story sonically. This is a different mode. Recording, mixing and mastering is its own world and it takes a lot of skill to make sure the audio story is reflected and experienced in the way you envisioned it.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
Well, I've have had years to practice and I am lucky now that I work with a collaborator who is a great song writer and a badass mastering engineer. So early days I had limited ideas on what to do when in a recording studio. I mainly approached it as if I were singing live on stage. Which is fine but not really the way the studios process works. In the studio you can take the song and work it verse by verse, chorus by chorus. I was used to singing it all the way through although it can be much easier sometimes to really dig in doing it section by section. It's ver helpful walking into a studio if you know what you want and the mic you want to use for your voice. This makes the studio experience a lot easier. That was a huge learning curve and insightful.
Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?
I love transformational conversations with people, designing new ideas for live shows, working on a show I developed called Spiritualist Cabaret, I love horseback riding, fencing, watching movies and reading tarot.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
I love an artist who has an outstanding voice that is honed and an artist that can write lyrics and melodies that really say something and that is moving. People like, Rachelle Ferrell, Sarah Vaughn, Shy & the Family Stone, real artist like Prince, David Bowie, Depeche Mode. Messenger's like Corporate Avengers and so many more. Each one in their own right has something to offer that is uniquely their own. I feel this is quality is missing in todays artist. The labels push to develop a product and they want it to sound like the last big hit they had. What artist need to know is that they are a business and they just want a product out so they can keep the machine moving. This is business. Time to bring honest creativity and business together.
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it?
Emotional! well, this is in the heart of the listener. I love what I love to sing and it may be extremely moving to me and yet I can have one of my audience members come up to me after and tell me it was a completely different song. I am always blown away, cause I can never tell what is gonna touch someone and make that impact. This is one of the mysteries of my musical work and live performance. I have a new song which is not out yet, called Unbreakable. This is the one I hope people will get the deep emotion from it across the board! We shall see!
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
Yes, next up for 2023, not released yet is called "Walkin". This is a tale of beware. Be careful what you ask for and never step over the red flags on your path, or you might just pay a painful price. The consequences can be high and you might have just sold your soul to the devil. (so to speak) HA!
Tell us where fans can access your music.
Spotify or iTunes (Glenda Benevides)
Follow: IG @glendabenevidesmsuic