Rising indie artist Gadiva sits down with Kontrol Magazine to shares the creation of her upcoming single “Can’t Nobody Tell Me” and how her Motown sound is bringing soul back to music.
When you meet Tiffany “Gadiva” Deveraux, you know you are not sitting in front of a normal person. Her wit is sharp, style is unique, and presence is undeniable. This multifaceted indie artist carries a level of gravitas that is rare in this modern age. Maybe it’s growing up in a musically gifted home or her time appearing on BET, but Gadiva is a young woman bringing old-time soul in a fresh form.
“Can’t Nobody Tell Me” is Gadiva’s newest work, co-written with “Sound Healer” Bonnie Bordeaux. This collaboration with famed producer Kevin “Khao” Cates proves she has the makings of being music’s next magic maker.
ME: Gadiva, thank you for making time for this interview.
GADIVA: It’s really an honor. I’ve followed Kontrol Magazine for so long and always dreamed of being featured. This is a special moment.
ME: The feeling is mutual. I must say that your music is creating a special moment for you right now. How did your new single form into the song that it is now?
GADIVA: This song is from my heart. I grew up inspired by Motown. From the Supremes to Marvin Gaye and the Temptations, I felt their music deep in my soul. Their songs left me wondering what kind of song I would have made if I was born back then.
ME: So “Can’t Nobody Tell Me” is your homage to the Motown era?
GADIVA: When I first recorded this song, it was on my laptop with a mic held up on a wire hanger. It was raw. It was real. It had the grit and grind of Motown. So it wasn’t an homage as much as a truth. It was like a birth; it took me nine months to write this one song. That’s my longest song ever!
ME: As a writer of a novel, I know that writing that long can change you. How did that process of birthing this song change you?
GADIVA: This song grew and developed me in many ways. I had to mature vocally. There are notes in this song that I had to train and strengthen my voice to reach. It broke me out of my comfort zone.
ME: What does that breaking look like for someone watching you perform?
GADIVA: It looks like power. It looks like me showing up. This song forces me to become the person I know that I already am. Yeah, the best word is power. I feel like James Brown when I perform this song. I am fully immersed in it and command everything from start to finish.
ME: What can we expect from you for this year?
GADIVA: Other than this project, I just signed with People Store Talent Agency, which is a huge blessing. That opportunity is helping me secure acting roles and print modeling while I continue writing and getting my song placed on the charts.
ME: I know the music industry is not the easiest to break into. With all of this hard work you are placing into your craft, what is your source of power and energy to keep going?
GADIVA: Being the only daughter to my parents, I feel I have a legacy to uphold. They are no longer with me, so I feel I am the legacy of my parents. Each day I live I remember their faces and carry their hopes with me.
ME: If you had a chance to talk to them again, what would you hope they saw from your life?
GADIVA: I would hope they would say, ‘She got it done.’ From rapping, singing, writing, acting, hosting, and coaching, I would hope they saw my grind and knew that I never stopped trying to pursue my dreams.
ME: Thank you for sharing your heart and hopes with us. I look forward to hearing more of your music and seeing your other endeavors unfold.
GADIVA: The pleasure was mine. Thank you for your support.
Listen to Gadiva’s New Song “Can’t Nobody Tell Me”