By Anthony Obi
Halle Grace Ihmordu a.k.a. Halle is a budding female music artiste. Her newly released singles, Dotty Shower is already making waves across the country. In this interview with The Entertainer, the Edo-born artiste talks about her aspirations, challenges and love life among others.
Have you always wanted to do music?
I have always wanted to be a musician. I have always had that dream of being on stage and having people enjoy what I do. You know when you watch a concert and you see people you dream of being like; I mean people like Michael Jackson. I am doing music because it is something I have always wanted to do.
What prepared you for music?
I started with dancing and that paved way for my music. I am a dance choreographer. I used to have a dance school back in the day and I was doing shows on my own. Now I perform but I don’t dance for artistes. So, music is not something I just woke up and said I wanted to do; it is something I have in my heart.
What sort of music are you into?
I am into urban music like R B and pop.
How many tracks have you released?
I have Dotty Shower, my first official single. And I have a new single called Na Na Na, which will be coming out soon.
Can you tell us about your background?
I am the last of six kids. I am from Etsako Central, Auchi, Edo State. I was born and brought up in Lagos. I attended the University of Lagos, where I studied French and International Relations. I also studied English Language at National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
Why did you have to dump a degree in International Relations for music?
It is not as if I have dumped my degree. International Relations is a course that makes you network. You meet people and it takes you everywhere. The course is in line with my career. I can do any translation I want to do for my music.
What was your parent’s reaction when you opted for music?
When I told my parents that I wanted to do show business, they didn’t take it lightly with me. My dad was very furious, he actually banned me from music, dancing or anything related to music. But I always sneaked out because music brings me joy. I always cried to my mum to grant me permission to go out and she allowed me with the admonition that I should not be caught by my dad. My persistence made my dad to succumb and he said if music is what I want to do, I should go ahead. But he would be mad at me if I should stop midway. So, ever since they have been giving me full support.
What does love mean to me?
Love to me means having a family who loves you for who you are. Even when your friends dump you, no matter how bad you are, your family still loves you. Love doesn’t mean that you have to be in a relationship with somebody before you have love.
it mean that you are not in any relationship now?
Right now I am single but married to my career.