In observance of National Poetry Month, The Curvy Vegetarian had the pleasure of interviewing the beautiful and talented “Chiccy Baritone”! The Curvy Vegetarian supports the arts and loves those that share their God given gifts and talents.
CHICCY BARITONE embraces that there are no limits when it comes to reaching people with her poetry; classrooms, clubs, church . . . her stage is diverse. She knows this is only the beginning of where God is extending the use of his Word in her as His vessel. She won’t be the last, but her prayer is to leave a challenging word in your heart and soul, long after she has left the stage.
When did you discover your gift with poetry and words?
“I recognized that this was a gift from God when I opened my notebook my senior year at an open – mic in Orangeburg, SC. I was attending SCSU at the time and my writing during my college years was my refuge. The response I received that night not just from claps but from the people that came up to me afterwards immediately said to me I was holding something pretty special…and it was not only for me but for everyone to hear who needed encouragement or inspiration.”
How did you come up with your poetry/stage name?
“My name was given to me by another poet who is a dear friend of mine, Omari Fox.”
What has been your most valuable takeaway from being a spoken word artist/poet?
“God has given me a gift that comes with a huge responsibility. What I release from my mouth can be death or life, meaning, the power of words can be life changing for the better or life altering for the worse. I have seen the results of speaking negatively into my life and how it directs the path.”
I’ve seen on your Instagram that you are very dedicated to your fitness regimen! What is your biggest motivation for maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
“My greatest motivation for maintaining a healthy lifestyle is my desire to “physically” be able to support the purpose and plan that God has bestow upon my life AND to feel good doing it. Whatever the demands of that assignment or season, I want to go through it with strength and endurance until the next assignment or season! I feel like I have finally arrived at that point in my life where I am taking this a lot more seriously as I approach the big 4-0!” *smile*
What inspires you?
God is my ultimate inspiration because everything I see, touch, smell, feel and taste is a result of His creation. My love for People, Traveling, Food, Culture, Music is an example of that point.
Have you ever had “writer’s block”? If so, how did you overcome?
Yes! Of course! When that happens, I normally step away from my laptop and either pick up a book, watch a television show or documentary or go outside and either walk or ride my bike.
If you had the opportunity to encourage another aspiring artist on his/her path, what would you share with them?
“To be YOURSELF…don’t confuse inspiration with duplication…you can be inspired by another writer but don’t try to duplicate or sound like them thinking that will make you achieve the same success or accomplishment. God made all of us different for a reason. We all have a unique contribution to give to this world and God gave us all a unique ‘gift’ that has a unique approach that can only be given by YOU. I love this word and use it often because it’s important to understand and that is AUTHENTICITY…be your AUTHENTIC (true) self! Someone in the world will need your ‘gift’ the way that ‘you’ give it!”
Will you share your three favorite scriptures or inspirational quotes?
And then the day came,
when the risk
to remain tight
in a bud
was more painful
than the risk
2)Scripture: Psalm 45:1 1My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
3)Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Check out her website at www.chiccybaritone.com!