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Brianna Cash is a North Philadelphia-based singer and songwriter whose debut single is set to release in the Fall of 2019. Photo: Courtesy of the artist. 

Spotlight: Brianna Cash

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Rachel Ferguson, chief innovation and global diversity officer for Visit Philly, conducted a Q&A with local up-and-coming singer and songwriter, Brianna Cash! Her debut single will have a global release in the Fall of 2019.

Check out the Q&A here:

What sparked the interest in becoming a singer/songwriter/performer?
I always enjoyed writing and singing for as long as I can remember. I was always on the school, church choir and a part of the school band. A big moment for me, when it all 'clicked,' was after my friend played me Lauryn Hill's MTV Unplugged. [Her] YouTube videos and the live recordings moved me. I wanted to be just like her, and that is what really made me fall in love with singing/songwriting — performing altogether.
 
What’s it like to be an artist from North Philly who’s about to take her music to the global stage?
I don't really look at it like that. I look at it like ... Wow, I get to create real art with my friends for a living, and that in itself is a true blessing. I'm just filled with excitement and gratitude at the moment. I can't wait to drop new music soon and present to the world what we have been working on. 
 
You’re a signed artist, but you still represent by having people from Philly on your team. Can you tell us whom you’re working with?
My management team, Brandon Pankey, Jovan Goldstein and Brandon McPherson; my engineers, JoeLogic215 and Ben Thomas; my music director, CJ Branch; and the best producer in the world — my producer and big brother, Pop Wansel. They're all so important and just amazing at what they do. It's really an honor that they choose to work with me and help me accomplish my dreams. More importantly, they're all from the greatest place in the world — Philly.
 
Where’s your favorite place to perform in Philadelphia, and why?
I would have to say World Cafe LIVE, because it's where I first started performing my own songs. They had an open mic night on Mondays years ago, and they showed real support.
 
Is it a dream of yours to perform on this newly restored venue on North Broad?
It is. I know it's a special venue and a part of Philly culture. So, I want to be a part of that too.
 
What’s it like to be an Afro-Latinx female singer/songwriter these days? What advice would you have for other up and coming artist?
I would say it's about knowing who you are and being patient. You have to be, like, the greatest team in the NBA (the Sixers), and "Trust the process." Lol. Make sure you know what your values are, and act on them. For me, that means to use my platform, when I get it, to reach people and make them feel the humanness in my music. I always want to be real and relatable. It's equally important for me to raise awareness about injustices happening every day to people of color and to give back to my community. 
I want to be bigger than music. I want to be part of the solution. I need to be, and that is the responsibility that comes along with being an Afro-Latinx singer/songwriter, for me.
 
What’s next for you in your career?
The next move is to put out music and shoot my first music video ever. I'm excited!
 
Philly fast five:
1.       Where are your favorite places to eat out? 
Freddy and Tony's — the one on 2nd and Allegheny. 
 
2.       76ers or Phillies? 
Sixers all day. Embiid is the greatest in the league. Chip soon come. Don't argue with me. Lol.
 
3.       When you have friends in town, what are the must-go-to spots? 
The art museum. Freddy and Tony's. Every time, lol. Porky's Point too!
 
4.       Favorite Philly music era (Neo Soul, TSOP, now, etc)? 
Now. There's so much greatness coming out of Philly. It's an amazing thing to witness and be a part of.
 
5.       What’s your favorite Philly spot to write your music? 
In my room. It's where I'm most comfortable.
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