Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sometimes when you meet someone, you can automatically tell that you're talking to a shitty person (books... covers... judging... whatever). We got the opposite feeling when we stumbled into meeting R&B star-to-be DeAndre Wright.
She was nice and humble and polite to speak with without any of those qualities undermining her confidence at all. It's a quality that extends through her music, which is mostly that poppy, poppy pop music you'd expect a thin woman with perfectly straight teeth to sing.
So we reached out to have her answer questions about jackals, Encino Man and football players. Treat a lady like a lady, we've always been taught.
Rocks Off: Tell everyone everything they need to know about you and your music in exactly six words.
DeAndre Wright: Honest, heartfelt, personal, yet relatable, Pop-R&B. Didn't think I could do it did you?
RO: The very first line of your song "Freedom Cry" is "Unleash me from these jackals." Now, what is this a metaphor for? Or, fingers crossed, were you actually once attacked by jackals and have a really awesome story to tell us right now?
DW: Ha! Well, I might have to go back and clean up those lyrics now, because the phrase is "Unleash me from these shackles, let me out to be free." I'm sure a great jackal-attack story is a tad more interesting, but I was honestly going for self liberation there. I might have to consider this jackal thing now.
RO: Where exactly is Macedonia? Is it located anywhere near Estonia? That's an Encino Man reference, by the way.
DW: I love Encino Man, but from what I can remember it's near Greece and Bulgaria, nowhere near Estonia. Also, I want to say hey to Robert Bilbilov and everyone in Macedonia that is supporting me. I'm so stoked about working with RB, he's a great singer/producer and you guys should check him out.
RO: There's a line in "Green.Monster.Jealousy" that says, "If I had big boobs or a closet full of shoes, would you look at me differently?" Just to clear things up, guys are in no way interested in a girl's shoes, particularly if she is in possession of the aforementioned big boobs. Heck, you could probably get away with not having any legs if you wore low-cut shirts all the time and never bothered to explicitly state that you were, in fact, missing your legs.
DW: You have me smiling incredibly big right here. That line was more about the surface and superficial things. Early in the song I was talking about changing myself internally to make someone else happy and at this point in the song (with the boobs) I was kind of talking about things that would make me happy or more secure. Those two surface things are symbolic of a girl's security to me, in the song.
Women love their curves and their shoes and wardrobe so it's like, if I had these extra "womanly" things going on would you like me more, or better yet, would I like me more; not the skinny, tomboy, tennis shoes wearing girl but the perfect, curvy, feminine, woman that is a 10. So it's less about what the guy wants there and more about what the girl secretly desires to have/be. But you're SO right; no guy really cares about the shoes if the girl has a ridiculous body.
RO: Who are the four baddest R&B femmes in Houston who aren't being talked about?
DW: Well, one of my favorites comes from the PeaceUvMine camp and her name is Krystal Hardwick. I love her music. Then Nicoya is another one of my faves. And there's also a young lady named Aja that is crazy talented. I really can't think of anyone else though because all of the other young ladies are definitely making a buzz in Houston right now. So, much love and respect to them all, I'm very excited about everyone's music.
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RO: Are you aware that there are several other DeAndre Wrights, the most noteworthy of whom is a free-agent NFL cornerback who formerly played with the Giants, Vikings, Lions and Browns? Perhaps you could reach out to him and do a duet with him? It might be neat to have a song by DeAndre Wright featuring DeAndre Wright. You could call it something perplexing like "All Alone With Myself" or whatever.
DW: Ok, this is so hilarious that you knew that! I have been competing with these other DeAndres on Google for some time now and since I'm competitive, I'm trying to knock Cornerback DeAndre out of the Top 5 in the search.
I hate to disappoint you, but there will be no DeAndre and DeAndre duets, DeAndre vs. DeAndre reality shows or DeAndre All-Star football games in the near future. We're all going to stay in our respective lanes, but I will be the last DeAndre standing.