A guest post by Madam CJ
Since debuting in 2004, vocalist and songwriter Malena Pérez has been mesmerizing audiences around the globe with smooth, soulful, sweetly haunting vocals, introspective lyrics and genre-bending melodies. An Atlanta native of Cuban and German-American descent, Pérez draws upon various musical influences — Flora Purim, Portishead, Sade & Amel Larrieux among them — in creating a uniquely dynamic sound. Pérez’s third full-length studio album, Offering, currently available for purchase, features a fusion of soulful beats and orchestrated live instrumentation.
I really enjoyed your performance at “Soul Sista’s Juke Joint”. Congrats on your new release, “Offering”. What inspired the title of the album? Why did you name it that?
What inspired the artwork for the album?
The wardrobe design for the cover was a collaboration with artist & designer Grace Kisa and is intended to reflect the theme of being a warrior. These are times of great change.. light is coming up against darkness everywhere we turn and we are being called upon to step up and be warriors for peace, truth, light, love, oftentimes in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, unjust circumstances and our own fears and insecurities.
How did you know you could sing?
I can’t really remember a time when music or singing weren’t a part of my life. I began singing at a very early age and remember attending choir practices with my mom as a child from the time I was around two years old. I sang my first solo when I was five years old, with the Sacred Heart Children’s Choir in Atlanta. My love of music and singing grew over the years as I became involved with church choir, school chorus, community musical theater productions and university choir. I felt support from my family, teachers and friends. I felt encouraged and like this was a gift that I could nurture and develop.
You are a certified health and wellness coach. What are some of your areas of expertise in this field?
How do you make sure you are living your purpose?
What is your self care regimen?
In the mornings I have green tea and take some time to quiet my mind. If it’s a sunny day, I go outside for at least five to ten minutes and take in some sun. The sun helps facilitate all bodily/mental functions and is just a great mood enhancer in general. I take epsom salt baths a few times a week; it helps relax the muscles and removes toxins and radiation from the body. I enjoy taking walks and shooting basketball. When I am at my best I am practicing yoga on a daily or near-daily basis. I eat as healthily as I can and cook from scratch with fresh ingredients as often as I am able, which has been less these days but I have a few places where I know I can get a healthy meal on the spot if I need to so I rely on those when I need to get quick takeout. I treat myself to something sweet almost daily. I think when we are too rigid with a dietary philosophy we can get off balance and eating becomes less of a pleasure and more of a chore, causing additional undue stress. At night I try to read something positive and affirming before going to bed. I try to get a fair amount of sleep, though as a creative this can be a challenge as I am often inspired late at night. Part of my self-care also involves managing my sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation. I have wired, not wireless, internet in my home, and I keep my cell phone turned completely off unless I am actively using it; this helps minimize radiation exposure. One of the best things I do for myself is spend quality time or have a significant conversation with a close friend or family member at least a couple times a week. This allows for reciprocal sharing and keeps me feeling connected, supported and uplifted.