In Frame: Carmen Hicks

          Today's In Frame series features singer, Carmen Hicks. I've known Carmen for quite some time now and I absolutely love her voice! I met her when I first started out and she's always been very supportive and positive aside from being one of the best singers I've ever listened to.  When she asked me to capture some promotional shots for her, I was totally shocked and honored that she trusted me with this task. Here is a recap of the shoot as well as a brief interview with Carmen .

Details about the shoot

Camera: Sony a7ii

Lens: Rokinon 85mm f1.4, Sony FE 50mm f1.8

Location: random alley in Memphis, TN 

Your voice is simply amazing. Where did you first start singing?

I started singing at eight years old. I lead my first solo with my school’s choir.

Who were your musical influences? Who are some of your favorite artists?

Aretha Franklin was the queen that made me want to sing. I would listen to Bridge Over Trouble Water over and over.

I love Donny Hathaway, Erykah Badu, Whitney Houston and Chaka Khan.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on my single with my good friend William Graves. I’m planning a showcase for July 2nd with new music and the new me.

Besides singing and performing, what are some of the things you like to do?

I love spending time with my babies. They are so talented and amazing.

If you could go back to in time to tell your past self something, what would it be?

Don’t take time for granted. Utilize every opportunity that comes your way and Believe in yourself.

Where can people hear your music or see you perform?

I’m glad you asked, my weekly shows are Wednesday nights at Onix 6:30-9:30pm
Thursday nights at Prive 7-9:30pm free admission

Are you from Memphis? If not, Where are you from and how did you end up in the City of Blues?

Yes I was born in Memphis. I love my city. You can hear great live music any night of the week.

In your opinion, what's the best thing about Memphis?

The music of course!!

If you could change anything about Memphis, what would it be?

I can’t say that I would change anything at the moment.

Grizzlies, Tigers, or Redbirds?