Image Courtesy Gomillion & LeupoldThis year proved to be a memorable one for many musical performers with successful studio releases and major personal milestones. Here’s what artists tell ABC News Radio were some of their highlights of 2014:
Tinashe has enjoyed a big year with her breakout single “2 On” featuring Schoolboy Q, lifted from her debut album Aquarius. The singer says that her club banger has propelled her career. “I’ve had several highlights, but I think probably the biggest highlight of my career thus far I would say is releasing ‘2 On’ because that has been the biggest king of statement that I’ve made as an artist and it’s definitely made the biggest difference in my career,” she says.
K. Michelle is still in awe of her accomplishments, following the release of her latest album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? She rattles off all her impressive highlights of 2014.”It’s amazing, this year alone: Soul Train, Best New Artist; NAACP, Best New Artist; nominated for Best R&B Female at the BET Awards. All, you know, within a year — No.1 R&B Album, No. 2 album on Billboard, that’s a lot of stuff,” she tells ABC News Radio.
Aside from releasing his first greatest hits compilation album this year, T-Pain hit a personal milestone. “Man, me turning 30. Weird feeling. Don’t know what happened, it all happened so fast,” Pain recalls. “It was a reflective 30, because I was on a flight the whole time. I was on a 24-hour flight my whole birthday, so I had time to really think about all the things that have happened and the parts that I remember of 30 years. It happened really fast, didn’t even think it would even come to this, be this successful by this age. So that was my highlight, just sitting back on that plane and reflecting on the last 30 years.”
Faith Evans‘ biggest moment came from the response she garnered for her sixth studio album, Incomparable. “The biggest highlight for me has been releasing my album because I’ve been living with it and listening to these songs for almost two years and I still love it,” she says. “I’m so proud of the result and I really was so excited, like, I just can’t wait for people to hear it, you know. I don’t care if it sells two copies, I just want people to hear it and say that it’s a good album, because I really feel like it’s a great album and that’s been the highlight: seeing the positive feedback and people are enjoying it as much as I wanted them to. It’s a beautiful thing.”
Estelle found herself taking the independent route this year as she continues to record her upcoming album, True Romance, a process that she says signifies personal growth. “It’s been a lesson in evolving. It’s been a lesson in patience and just restoring my calm, especially as I come to the end of the year,” she says. “You get so worked up about so many irrelevant things and it’s been a lesson in keeping my calm and keeping my peace, maintaining my peace that I found when I started recording this album.”
Meanwhile, Trey Songz is just looking ahead. “The biggest highlight of my career ever…I think it’s coming up,” says the singer, who scored another chart-tooping album this year with Trigga.
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