Who Am I ?
July /August 2012
1: Who am I?
I am Conya Doss, a soul singer who has been influenced by a wide range of sounds. I am a mother, an educator, a friend, a sister, and a caring person who wants to see the greatness in everyone, which is sometimes to my own disadvantage. I am currently tracing my roots. I have always been intrigued with my elders and enjoy talking them as I consider them to be living history books. They have seen so much and have so much knowledge to offer.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I am currently promoting my new record A Pocketful Of Purpose and pushing the new single “What About You and Me?” I am also in talks with Connecting To You Organization to visit Haiti to help with the water crisis there. Currently I am also planning next year’s agenda with the female teen youth group that I work with.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I am from Cleveland, Ohio, and I am reaching for the stars. I am trying to shine to the fullest as an indie musician. I’m going to make the world aware of the atrocities that are taking place all over the world in spite of the continuous propaganda that takes place.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
The women in my family, who were and are, strong individuals that held down households on their own, yet never stopped protecting and guiding me in the right direction. Outside of that, I must say Oprah Winfrey, as she has done so many great things.
5: What book is your bible?
My all time favorite book is Carter G. Woodson’s The Miseducation Of The Negro. It is definitely food for thought. Another book that I have gotten so much good advice from is Iyanla Vanzant’s Yesterday I Cried. Another eye-opening book for me was Never Satisfied, Do Men Know What They Want? by Michael Baisden.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love my family and friends. I love to give and to see those around me happy. I love sweets! I love to hang out with my friends and family. I love working with children. I hate closed-minds and tunnel vision, and I have very little patience for these sorts of people. When others make generalizations without research or knowledge it really makes me boil.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I’d say it is to be a great mom and to influence other people to follow in my foot steps by making a difference and by making a mark on music.
8: What is your favorite color?
Blue, as it represents so many things! Sadness, yet serenity. Such duality. I actually named by son Landon Blu.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
11: What turns you on?
Anything that does not turn me off. Actually, smart guys.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
If you had one wish to be granted in this world, what would it be?
Over the past decade Conya has received rave reviews for her first five albums: A Poem About Ms. Doss, Just Because, Love Rain Down Still, and Blu Transition in a variety of outlets from USA Today and VIBE to Billboard and Cleveland Magazine. Conya has also appeared on the covers of numerous Ohio publications and has garnered praise from fellow musicians Raheem Devaughn, Ledisi, and Anthony Hamilton. She starred alongside Dwele in the McDonald’s McCafe commercial and has received nominations and wins at almost every Soultrack’s Awards over the past six years. Popmatters has referenced her “pleading and yearning” vocal style to Lauryn Hill, while Soulbounce has called her the “queen of indie soul.”
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Ceara Maria Burns
Photography by Stephen Midgette
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Photography by Stephen Midgette