(MUSIC MONDAY) The special soul known as Taurean la’Del (Part 2)

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Where we left off on Part 1 of our interview with Taurean la’Del, he was talking about his favorite artists. Here’s what else he had to say:

THE HEAT: If you could work with any 5 artists and producers, who would it be and why?

TAUREAN LA’DEL: If I could work with any 5 artist and producers, I would definitely want to work with Pharrell Williams, Jazmine Sullivan, Tank, Fantasia, and Erykah Badu. In my opinion, these artists are not shut up in a box. Their creativity from lyrics to music to style is so superb. Out of all of those artists, Pharrell Williams would be my Number 1 pick simply because he caters to the creativity of an artist. He sees their potential and he finds ways of pulling it out. He is so artistically exuberant that I’m sure he could make me a better Neo-Soul artist.

THE HEAT: How does being from Mississippi affect the music you make?

TAUREAN LA’DEL: With Mississippi being the birthplace of America’s music, I can honestly say growing up here has affected my art in the most spectacular of ways. I’m grateful to have been born and raised in the great Magnolia State. Mississippi has some of the greatest talent, from artists such as the late BB King, Brandy and David Banner, just to name a few. I grew up listening to soul music so much that I thirst for the passion behind it. Being from here can be stressful at times because it seems to be difficult to be successful as a musician. I believe that is truly what keeps me going strong. Failure isn’t an option. I’m a soulful singer but I’m uniquely made to where you can’t really compare me to anyone. Being from here has taught me the love for music and how to implement it lyrically and vocally.

THE HEAT: What are your future plans?

TAUREAN LA’DEL: Honestly, my future plans are quite simple. I have a dream to be a very successful artist. Whether fame follows or not, I chase after recognition. I want my name to be known. My plans include to better myself as an artist and eventually move out of Mississippi so I can build on what was instilled. Simply put.

THE HEAT: Where do you see your career in 2, 5 and 10 years?

TAUREAN LA’DEL: In two years I see myself in a professional studio making music that caresses the soul. I want to be able to put out my first album. 5 years I see myself opening shows for some of the biggest artist in the world. 10 years I see myself having a successful and stable music career.

THE HEAT: Describe your creative process.

TAUREAN LA’DEL: My creative process is somewhat scattered. Not a day goes by I’m not either listening to different sounds or even just singing to myself. Normally I sit back and listen to jazz with a glass of Sweet Walter red wine and a pad. Whatever thought or phrase comes across my mind, I write it. Sometimes it takes me months to even finish a song. I’m not like most people. I can only write about what I’m dealing with. Lately I have found myself writing more in a poetic flow and then eventually gather the music for it. My best work is when I take a title, no matter how far fetched it may be, and build around the words. As far as my new single, “Be The One”, I took a different approach. That song was written because I’m in love with someone that I may never be with. The lyrics go to express that I see that you aren’t all that happy. I know that I can be the one to change that. Just give me the chance. But in all honesty, this love that I have is only an illusion because I’ve never spoke those words to you. “Blue skies above, but yet I still see grey. I’m constantly thinking of you brightening up my day. not knowing what the next move is or maybe it’s checkmate. like pieces of the puzzle baby somehow I fit in your space.” Taurean la’Del

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EDITOR’S NOTE: We know the entertainment world will be seeing a whole lot more of Taurean la’Del really soon. He is an amazing vocalist with incredible talent. Stay tuned. There is so much more to come for this young artist.

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Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief

Vice-President & Asst. Editor-in-Chief of The Heat Magazine, Arlene is a Louisiana native, Certified Paralegal, Publicist, Owner of MIKODreamz PR, co-owner of 504Diffusion, writer, producer, and jack of all trades, who is heavily involved in her community as well as serving as Media Advisor for New Orleans Union for Entertainment (NOUE), Member of the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016 NOLA Music Awards & Member of the Press Club of New Orleans. Her work is published across the web. She is also working on her first novel & aspires to turn it into a film & is currently writing the authorized biography of the legendary Pimp C of UGK. She can be reached via email at Arlene@theheatmag.com. Follow her on Twitter - @Arlene_HeatMag & Instagram - @hurricanearlene.