Shola Ama: I should have released more music – Music News
Shola Ama “didn’t release as much music” as she would have liked.
The 43-year-old singer released a series of hit singles in the late 1990s, including ‘You Might Need Somebody’ and ‘Still Believe’, but admitted her ‘lifetime achievement’ was not vindicated by his career.
When asked if she felt her contribution to music had been respected, she replied, “I hope so. Sometimes not because I probably haven’t released as much music as I would have liked and due over the past 25 years. Sometimes you “I’m never as good as your last record and time is a very interesting thing, it’s okay. Even though I came out in the late 90s, I was always considered a 90s artist, I didn’t quite do the 2000s. Sometimes I feel it and sometimes not, I think it’s just the nature of the industry and luckily the way I feel about myself is not justified by my career. I’m really proud of it but I’m also super happy and fulfilled in my life anyway.”
The ‘You’re the One I Love’ singer – who released her last album ‘Supersonic’ in 2002 but released an EP in 2015 – won Best British Female at the BRIT Awards in 1998, seeing the competition from Eternal singer Louise Redknapp and Michelle Gayle, but admitted she was “shocked” to receive the accolade because it was only the first year of her pop career.
She told Metro.co.uk: “I was really shocked to have it because I thought I might have something that night, but I didn’t know if I would win that one because it seemed just being the huge one, and everything was still so new, so in a way, I felt like I hadn’t earned my stripes yet because it was my first year of success. I felt really proud. I remember in my speech I just thanked my mom and my grandma, I was supposed to do this big label/management and thank everyone who took care of me.
I remember feeling very proud, but there are also so many positives in the way the music industry has changed now. It’s so much richer than when I was there and when I think back to my time, if you didn’t have a major label deal and you didn’t subscribe to certain formulas, there was just no luck that your music is heard.”