We’re excited to introduce you to the always interesting and insightful Domonique Lindsey. We hope you’ll enjoy our conversation with Domonique below.
Domonique , looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. Can you take us back in time to the first dollar you earned as a creative – how did it happen? What’s the story?
The very first time I was paid for my work on a record I cried all the way home. A now, great friend of mine, “Theme Musiq” asked me to feature on one of his songs and I felt so alive. While I had been writing my own music, this was the first time someone approached me asking for me to write on their song. Being scared for so long, then stepping out I was overwhelmed that he asked me to be apart of his project. The thing that really meant the most was his approach. A lot of people were reaching out to me about music at that time but he was the first person that asked “How much do you charge for a feature?” When I saw that dm on Instagram I instantly screamed out loud! Thank God, I was at home! Someone wants to feature me? Someone wants me to sing and write on their song? Still so new, I was nervous and anxious all at once! Asking myself, “Can I deliver?”..”Will he like what I wrote?”..”Will I get too nervous in the studio with other eyes watching me?” However, he and the producer, made me feel so comfortable and supported! I will never forget that experience! I felt so confident, heard, and most of all official! Lol!
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers
Even though I have been in Theatre, acting and singling all my life. About two years ago now, I branched out and started posting snippets of myself singing online. Often I would be asked to sing but I was so unsure of myself, so insecure about my voice and anxiety would overwhelm me at the thought of failing miserably. My Dad is a recording artist and I would pray that I could sing like him, that my notes would come out with ease like his. Two years post college graduation, I moved back home and Covid hit. I spent so much time alone, drinking warm tea and simply singing! During that time, I really poured out my heart to the ultimate mentor and vocal coach, God. I will tell anyone I have to give all thanks to God for the space I’m in now. I took a leap of faith after praying for so much more out of myself and out of life, never thought I would be able to say, I am now an emerging artist. After posting a minute-long video of me singing, I received an out poor of love and support from my peers a lot of people that had no idea that I could sing. Shortly after, a friend of mine, Willis Writer, who is an artist and poet, reached out to me about featuring on a song with him.
Since then, “Natural High” it has been released on Apple Music, Spotify and we have a music video on YouTube/Vevo. Collectively more than 5,000 people have viewed our video from YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. I never thought from taking that leap of faith that I would be able to put a song I’m singing on my playlist. Fast forward to now, November 27,2021, I released my very own single “Love You Down” under my artist name Niqueaux. (Available on all digital outlets and streaming platforms.) I also have more features so far to be released this year and I am three songs away from finishing my EP of original songs. I am so thankful for everything I have endured, experienced and overcome to get me to this point, I am continuing to grow as an artist and person. While I still want to pursue plus-size modeling and acting, I cannot wait to share my music with everyone. Music is my main focus and it feels so amazing to be doing the one thing I wanted the most but were too scared to try is happening so rapidly. My constant hope is that I touch someone with my music as so many others have touched my life.
What do you think is the goal or mission that drives your creative journey?
Being an African American plus size woman can be hard in the world we live in today! While we are celebrated by some. it’s still a journey. A journey to love yourself, your body, and to not care what anyone else thinks about it! We don’t fit the mold, or the model type and that can be hard. I want to be a light, and connect with people through my music. That someone may see me and be inspired not to let anything or anyone keep them from being who they want to be.
For you, what’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative?
The most rewarding aspect is when my family, who know me like no other, can listen to my music and enjoy what I have to say. Of course, they get to hear the unreleased work that I’m creating and I value their feedback. Creating music gives me chills, when I complete a song, I feel on top of the world. But when my Dad leaves a voicemail singing my song or my mom calls me singing my hook I cry tears of joy inside! The support from my family means everything to me!
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capture_my_lenz/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DomoniqueLLindsey
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/DLindseythe1
- Youtube: https://youtu.be/z4egCCHTjfA
- Other: https://vm.tiktok.com/TTPdAfppCe/
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